Grace Laverne Erickson, 97, died peacefully July 11.

For many years, Grace volunteered to read textbooks for blind college students, read books on the radio for the Minnesota Society for the Blind (now Minneapolis- based Vision Loss Resources) and served for 16 years at the Auxiliary of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Fla.

Grace and her husband, Arnold (Arnie), were active charter members of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Como Park, and later of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sarasota. After moving to Anoka in 2009, Grace attended Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka. Grace moved to North Ridge Care Center in 2011 after a stroke.

She was preceded in death by her husband; siblings, Gen Thompson, Lois King, Imogene Seashore and Chuck Johnson; and special friend Ken Webster. She is survived by her sons, Doug (Galene), Jack and Kevin (Kim); seven grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; and her friends at North Ridge Care Center where, after supper each night, Grace would reach out to tap on their shoulders, nod her head and encouragingly say, “I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Services were held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church July 24.


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