VIRGINIA “VIRGIE” ERIKSEN

AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

V. Eriksen webpohtoVirginia “Virgie” Eriksen, of Thief River Falls, formerly of Mora, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Thief River Falls Care Center.  She was 94 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Mora United Methodist Church with Rev. Rob Pesola.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT will be in the Birchwood Cemetery in Pine City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Mora United Methodist Church.

Virginia “Virgie” E. Eriksen, of Thief River Falls, formerly of Mora, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Thief River Care Center.  She was 94 years old.

Virgie was born on May 9, 1920 at home in Pine County, near Pokegama Lake to parents Fred and Jennie (Anderson) Norstrom.  Born the youngest of six children, she attended country school before graduating from Pine City High School in 1937.  After graduating, she worked at the 61 Way Restaurant in Pine City.  There she met the owners’ son, Ervin Eriksen.  The couple was united in marriage on January 4, 1942 and were blessed with four children.  The family lived in Mora where Ervin owned the Mora Bakery until 1948 when they moved to Sauk Centre to run the restaurant in the Palmer House Hotel.  After 10 years in Sauk Centre, they returned to Mora.  When Ervin died unexpectedly in 1976, Virgie stayed in Mora until declining health required she move to a care facility.  She spent the last four years of her life at the Thief River Care Center near her son and his family.

Virgie was always very active in her church community. She served on countless committees and served meals for hundreds of church events.  Other volunteer activities included many hours helping at the Sunshine Villa as well as the Kanabec County Historical Society.  In her younger years, she enjoyed keeping large vegetable gardens and later tending to her flowers.  She was an avid reader and also enjoyed many hands of 500 and other games with her card clubs and her family. Virgie was a good cook and a wonderful baker; known for her famous dinner rolls and sweet carmel rolls. Virgie will be remembered for her quiet acts of kindness and generosity and her steadfast faith.  She will be missed.

Virgie is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Elaine Hill, and 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

She is survived by her children, Cathie Bunich, Lois (Eric) Hyde, and Brad (Jan) Eriksen; 10 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law Christine (Jack) Canfield; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Memorial service was held on Friday, March 27th at the Mora United Methodist Church with Rev. Rob Pesola officiating. Inurnment was in the Birchwood Cemetery in Pine City. The family requests memorials go to the Mora United Methodist church.  Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.  Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com

3 guestbook entries for VIRGINIA “VIRGIE” ERIKSEN

  1. Janis Stern March 25, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful lady. Virgie was my favorite.
    I have thought of her often during the last few years. Mom & I enjoyed
    our last visit with her in her nice condo home in Mora.
    She will be missed.
    Hugs to all of her family.

  2. Kristina Wood March 25, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    I miss you already Grandma Virgie and wish my husband Brian had gotten to meet you. It would have been great to see you beat him at scrabble! I know that it was hard when you got sick so I’m glad that your passing was peaceful and that you are at peace with Elaine and Great grandpa. I love you and wish I could be there but I will be there in spirit!

  3. Leslie Nilan March 28, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    We were sad to hear of Virgie’s passing. She was my dad’s favorite aunt and he still asks about her often. My dad, Vern Brown, is only 1 1/2 years younger, just having his 93rd birthday in January. He and my mom visited Virgie whenever they traveled to MN, but it’s been 6 or 7 years since that was possible. I didn’t know her well, but appreciated the two family reunions she hosted in 1971 and 1998 that I was able to attend. Also my mom named one of our favorite dessert bars “Virgie Bars” since we got the recipe from her.

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