Joan Erickson, 82, died on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda.


    Joan Erickson, 82, died on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda.
    Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 30, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Worthington, with Reverend Richard Ricker officiating. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
    Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.
    Joan B. Larson was born on November 1, 1929 to Warner and Ruby (Ness) Larson in Worthington, Minnesota. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1947 and attended Jr. College in Worthington. She worked at J.C. Penney Co. as a credit clerk and also at Sears in Worthington for over 20 years.
    On October 5, 1951 she married Donald Erickson in Worthington. They lived on the Erickson family farm near St. James before moving to Worthington in 1962. She was a an active member of the First Lutheran Church, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was on the projects committee.
    Survivors include sons, David (Terry) Erickson of Missoula, MT and Daniel (Cynthia) Erickson of Brooklyn Park, MN; daughter, Barbara (Michael) Van Langen of Jacksonville, FL; eight grandchildren, Keith, Kristin and Ryan Erickson, Matthew Van Langen and Kayla, Heather, Mara, and Nathan Erickson; and two great-grandchildren, Liam and Ridge.
    Joan was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one brother; twin sister, Jean Beck; and brother-in-law, Harold Beck.
    In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials.