Pastor Patricia Erickson, 81
Pastor Patricia (Patti) Jean Rindahl Erickson, daughter of the late Melvin Vernon Rindahl and Marie Emilie Larvick Rindahl was born Feb 4, 1939 in Valley City, North Dakota, passed away August 5, 2020 in Sun City West, Arizona.
She attended the public schools in Wahpeton, ND and Oakes, ND (Class of 1957) and was a graduate of Joliet Junior College in IL with an associate’s degree and University of Northwestern in St. Paul MN with a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. At an early age, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and was active in the American Lutheran Church where she was confirmed, active in Luther League, taught Sunday and Bible school and sang in the choir with her Dad, and her brother and sister. Her love for singing in the choir continued throughout her life.
She lived in the communities of Valley City, ND, Washington DC, Wahpeton, ND, and Oaks, ND in her youth.
She was united in holy matrimony to Gerald Dennis Erickson, of Nortonville, ND on December 28, 1958. The union was blessed with five children, 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. During their 61 years marriage, they lived in over 20 locations across the United States.
Patricia was an avid reader, and worked as a librarian in various locations; and often said she could live anywhere as long as they had a local library and a church.
Pastor Patricia Erickson was active in Christian ministries as a chaplain in various hospitals, as well as ministered in the Healing Room at Church on the Green Assembly of God Church in Sun City West Arizona, where she also sang in the choir. As a result of her dedication to others and her generous spirit of service, she was loved by many and received her Certificate of Ordination on June 20, 2020.
Patricia and Gerald were residents of Buffalo, MN from 1998-2005 and members of the Buffalo Evangelical Free Church. Patricia worked at the Buffalo Library during that time, as well.
Patricia was a dedicated mother to her five children throughout her life, supporting their educational aspirations above her own, finally finishing her bachelor’s degree at the age of 62, with honors.
Patricia is survived by her husband, Gerald Erickson, and their children, Brian Erickson, Steve Erickson, Michelle Erickson, Wade Erickson and Kristi Erickson Brogdon, as well as her brother, Milton Rindahl, and sister, Sharon Rindahl Albrecht.
A memorial service will be held at Church On The Green in Sun City West, AZ on September 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. https://www.churchonthegreen.com