Vivian Mae Erickson

SHERBURN – A Celebration of Life service for Vivian Mae Erickson, 91, of Sherburn, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sherburn, with Pastor Susan Lester, officiating. Burial will be in Sherburn Cemetery, Sherburn, Minn.

Vivian was called to her eternal rest on Thursday evening, July 3, 2014, at Temperance Lake Ridge Assisted Living in Sherburn, Minn.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service today at the church.

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Vivian Mae Baumann was born May 10, 1923, in Elm Creek Township, Martin County, Minn., the daughter of Caroline Baumann. She received her education at Sherburn schools, graduating in 1942. She was united in marriage to Russell E. Erickson while he was in the service on Oct. 24, 1942, in South Mills, N.C. After Russ returned home from World War II, they farmed in the Armstrong, Iowa, area until moving to the Sherburn farm in 1950. She remained on the farm in Jay Township until moving to Temperance Lake Ridge Assisted Living in Sherburn in 2008. Russ died on June 27, 2011. Vivian was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sherburn since 1937. Vivian held various church offices, was active in the Church Women’s Fellowship, serving as treasurer for 30 years. She helped with screenings at Martin County Schools, and also helped many years with the bloodmobile. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Martin County Historical Association, and Sherburn Historical Association. She loved to travel and play golf. Vivian also spent a lot of time making quilts.

Surviving are her two daughters, Sandra (Stanley) Nelson of rural Sherburn, Minn., and Carolyn “Babe” (Jim) Nelson of Cannon Falls, Minn.; two sons, Jerry (Gayleen) Erickson of Austin, Texas, and Mike (Diana) Erickson of rural Sherburn, Minn.; 12 grandchildren, Mike Nelson, Brent (Amy) Nelson, Elsa (Jay) Larkin, Chad (Nina) Nelson, Kia (Brad) Ringnell, Josh (Natalie) Erickson, Carrie (Mark) Johnson, Petra (Ryan) Hagen, Chris (Carla) Nelson, Carna (DJ) Visagie, Chelsea (Will) Thayer and Holly Erickson; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Sally Baumann of Anthem, Ariz., and Katherine Erickson of Mankato, Minn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell Erickson; brothers, Cliff, Ervin, and twin Robert Baumann; and other relatives.