Barbara Erickson


Barbara Erickson, 60-year-old resident of Little Falls, died Tuesday, July 8 at St. Cloud Hospital. A funeral service was held Friday, July 11 with the Rev. Tim Sumner officiating.
Barbara Kay Santema was born November 19, 1953 in Milaca, to Garritt and Arline (Ziemer) Santema. She moved with her family at a young age to Little Falls. She attended school in Little Falls and graduated with the class of 1972. She was united in marriage to Dale Erickson, June of 1972 in Little Falls. The couple made their home in Minot, N.D. for two-and-a-half years and later divorced. She moved to Little Falls in 1981 and worked at Northern Cap for a few years. Barbara enjoyed reading (Stephen King novels), hanging out with her two boys and watching movies. She will be remembered as someone who was very easy to talk with. She was a devoted mother to her two boys, Dale, Jr. and Charles.
Left to cherish her memory are her boys, Dale, Jr. (Andrea) Erickson of Waterloo, Iowa and Charles Erickson of Little Falls; grandchildren, Tyler Erickson, Megan Erickson, Zander Wright, Robert Wright and Shane Wright; mother, Arline Santema of Little Falls; siblings, Gail Santema and Greg Santema of Little Falls and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Garritt Santema, Sr.; brother, Garritt Santema, Jr. and an infant daughter.

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