Harriet Carlen Ericson
Harriet Lavern Christine Carlen Ericson, age 94, formerly of Knapp, Cokato, Cambridge, and Stanchfield, Minn., died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at the home of her son in Cedar Park, Texas.
She was born April 9, 1913, in Kimball to Victor and Mathilda Carlen. Harriet was baptized, confirmed, worshipped at, and married at North Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Cokato.
She attended first grade at Kingston, and grades two through eight at Knapp, after the family moved to the Cokato area. Harriet graduated from Cokato High School in 1930, and received her teaching certificate from St. Cloud Teachers College.
She taught at the French Lake, Lee, and Stanchfield rural schools from 1934 to 1942, and later, after her family was raised, she taught again for 15 years, retiring as a first grade teacher from the Cambridge-Isanti school system. She rejoiced that she never sought a teaching position, but was always asked to teach by school boards or superintendents.
Harriet married Roderick Ericson June 22, 1941, and they made their home in Stanchfield, where Rod had a hardware store, plumbing, and insurance business. He also served Isanti County as county commissioner.
In 1980, they retired to Port Charlotte, Fla. Seven months later, Rod passed away, and Harriet moved to San Antonio, Texas to live near her son, Rodger. She later moved back to Cambridge, and then, when her health declined, back to Texas, where she lived for the past two years.
A former member of North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, Harriet had also been an active member of Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church and gave leadership in many of the church organizations. She loved teaching elementary and Sunday school, being a hostess, entertaining, visiting with friends and family, and playing games. She also enjoyed flowers and gardening.
In addition to her husband, Roderick, Harriet was preceded in death by her sisters, Victoria Johnson and Marion Esping; brothers Orville, Norman and Howard Carlen; and five siblings, who died in infancy.
Survivors include sons Sheldon (and Diana) Ericson of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Rodger (and Margaret) Ericson of Cedar Park, Texas; five grandchildren, Marcus Ericson, Kale Ericson, Katherine Gehman, Deedra Nelson, and Bethany Ericson; and five great-grandchildren, Kyle Gehman, Eli Gehman, Annika Nelson, Emma Ericson, and Eric Nelson.
Harriet will be missed and cherished by her many friends, nieces and nephews, and their families. She looked forward to death and joining the glorious company of all the saints.
A memorial service took place at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church, Braham, Minn., Saturday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m., with interment at Stanchfield Baptist Church. Harriet requested that memorials be made to the North Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Cokato, world hunger, or other organizations as desired.