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Doris Erickson, 87

Doris Erickson, 87, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, December 29, 2014, at Kittson Memorial Nursing Home, Hallock, Minn.
Doris was born August 30, 1927, in Deerwood Township, Kittson County. She was the middle child and only daughter of Andrew and Alida (Skarp) Olson.   She moved into Karlstad, Minn. at the age of 10 years old into a home built by her dad for her grandparents. Her parents started a dairy and milk route and her first experience driving was in a Model T delivering milk.
While living in town, Doris’ parents took in many kids who needed a place to stay so that they could attend high school.  They would help out to pay for room and board. Doris said “it didn’t matter how many we were, there was always room for one more.” Through this arrangement, one of these children became more like a brother to Doris and was part of the family.
Doris babysat and worked at the local bakery and at her uncle David Skarp’s grocery store. When she was 18, David took her with his family to California, a trip that she was able to make                                                                                                                                                                                                                 again at the age of 84 with her youngest granddaughter, Haylie.
On October 23, 1947, she married Luverne Gjovik. They lived in Karlstad, as well as Reynolds and Hankinson, N.D. while Luverne was working in road construction. In 1949, they moved to Lake Bronson. Four of their five children were born while they lived there. In 1962, the family moved to Hallock and shortly thereafter their last child was born.
Besides raising her five children, Doris helped Luverne in the Gulf Station, pumping gas, running for parts and doing bookwork. Luverne passed away suddenly on February 10, 1978.
In July of 1979, Doris began to work at the Senior Meal program in Hallock and also worked part-time for Johnson Oil as bookkeeper. During this time, Doris decided to take classes to get her GED and was proud to graduate in the spring of 1980.
On April 2, 1983 she married Alvin Erickson, Lake Bronson and she began to work for the Senior Meal Program there.  Together they traveled to Branson, MO; Banff, Canada; Arizona; Arkansas and enjoyed playing cards and visiting with family and friends.
Doris especially loved making pancakes for her children and grandchildren and would fry until everyone was full. She enjoyed baking and would gladly make your favorite whenever you asked.
Alvin passed away August 22, 2009 and Doris moved to Kennedy to live with her daughter before entering several nursing facilities, but was so glad to finally be home at the Kittson Memorial Nursing Home, where the staff was her extended family. While at the home, she enjoyed working on puzzles, making greeting cards to give to everyone and visiting with the other residents trying to cheer them up or make their day a little better. She also loved all the staff that gave her hugs or would visit with her.  If you were a part of her life, you were dearly loved by her; but no one more so than her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were always remembered still on their birthday with a card.
Doris will be greatly missed by her five children, Linda and Paul Anderson, Hallock, Minn; Lorie and Tom Etter, Stillwater, Minn.; Richard and Peggy Gjovik, Hallock, Minn; Ronald and Twyla Gjovik, Williams, Minn.; and Margie and Steve Holmgren, Kennedy, Minn.; her two step-children, Jan and Myron Sele, Appleton, Wisc.; Jim and Linda Erickson, Hot Springs Village, Ark.; 11 grandchildren, Brady and Ivy Anderson, Grand Forks, N.D.; Lindsay Anderson, Fargo, N.D.; Jonathan and Shelley Etter, Prescott, Wisc.; Stacy and Jason Voegele, Bismarck, N.D.; Kevin and Gwen Gjovik, Oslo, Minn.; Conrad Gjovik, Grand Forks, N.D.; Benjamin and Danielle Gjovik, St. Francis, Minn.; Matthew and Shawna Gjovik, Bemidji, Minn.; Andrew and Amy Gjovik; Springfield, Minn.; Sam Holmgren (Morgan Halvorson) Newfolden, Minn.;  Haylie and Adam Anderson, Kennedy, Minn.; and five step-grandchildren, Jeff and Angela Sele, Champlin, Minn.; Julie Sele, San Jose, Calif; Kari Martinson, Alexandria, Minn.; David Zolondek, St. Thomas, N.D.; Melanie Zolondek, Minneapolis, Minn. and 27 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by two brothers, Lawrence Olson, Braham, Minn. and Leonard and Betty Olson, Bradenton, Fla.; a brother-in-love, Wilbur and Dorothy Madsen, Prince George, BC, Canada; a cousin and sister by choice, Lorraine Bostrom, Hughson, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Olson and Nancy Olson; cousins, nieces and nephews, and lots of special friends.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Luverne Gjovik and Alvin Erickson, two brothers, Gordon and Reynold Olson; two sisters-in-law, Mildred and Blanche Olson; a great granddaughter, Emma Joyce Gjovik.  a step daughter, Jeanne Erickson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015, 2 p.m. at Maria Lutheran Church, Kennedy, Minn. with Kathy Levenhagen, SAM presiding; Jillayne Kraska, soloist and Shannon Christenson, organist. Casket bearers will be Doris’ grandchildren.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the spring at Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, Minn.  Austin Funeral Home, Hallock, Minn. is in charge of the arrangements.

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