June 5, 2020

Esther Erickson

Esther Erickson, 94, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2020 at The Arbors in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She was born on May 16, 1926 in Alpena, South Dakota to Reinhold and Helen (Neuharth) Schortzmann.

Esther grew up on a farm in Beadle County, South Dakota.  She graduated from Alpena High School in 1944.  After high school she attended business school and worked as a secretary.  She married Robert Emil Erickson on November 2, 1947.  Esther and Bob moved from their farm and life in South Dakota, along with their four children, to Nebraska in 1958.  After owning and managing a Dairy Queen in Beatrice, she and her family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska.  In Lincoln Esther worked at various businesses and was active in her church, St. Andrew’s Lutheran church, the Lioness Club and the garden club.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, fishing, bowling, crafting, antiquing, playing pitch and bridge, watching sports, as well as traveling.

Esther is lovingly survived by her four children, Linda Erickson and Bill Tucker of Salida Colorado, Doug and Carol Erickson of Kearney, Nebraska, Renise and Don Rosenboom of Ashland, Nebraska, Doreen and Rick Morton of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Sisters and brother-in-law Ann and Rich Schultz of Grandview, Missouri, Donna Richards of Mankato, Minnesota.  Grandchildren Kyle Stoner, Matthew Erickson, Kelly Rezac, Alexis Aschenbach, Tyler Morton, Nicole Morton and Victoria Rosenboom.  Great grandchildren Eric Rezac, Clara, Mae and Teddy Aschenbach, Luke Stoner, Mason Morton, Jasmine Stoner, Ellie Morton, Ryder Morton and Greta McMahon.  Many nieces, nephews and good friends.  Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, her parents and sisters, Ruth Ochsner Judd, Ida Winter and Elnora Miller.

Interment Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrews Lutheran Church.

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  1. Dear mom I love this picture of you and I know it was your favorite.
    I am going to greatly miss you here on earth. I look forward to the day that I see you again in Heaven. You will always be in my heart ❤. And I love knowing you will be my angel watching over me & family. Lovingly your daughter Doreen😘

  2. Esther, all the times we were able to spend with you beautiful lady will never be forgotten.I will always cherish the 4 years Larry and I lived across the street from you. You had the most beautiful backyard that I could find you working in whenever I needed a smile. Teaching me all your secrets to making your perfect Kuchan. Time in the kitchen together will always be a special memory.
    You are now spending time with Bob and your sisters. I know mom is happy you are all together again.
    I pray God gives those left on earth comfort during this time. Your belief in God and you knowing you were saved by his Grace reassures me you are in Heaven. Love you and miss you. Renee

    • Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of our mother dear cousin Renee.
      I’m so happy that she now gets to be in Heaven with Dad & your parents & all of her loved ones. 😘❤ And mom can now rest in peace.
      Love, Doreen


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