AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Virginia “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