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Charlotte Ann Cummins Erickson, 95, died July 18, 2018. She was born January 20, 1923 to Esther (Hartz) and Roy E. Cummins in Marengo, IA. The family moved to Davenport, IA where Charlotte graduated from Davenport High School in 1940. She married Donald J. Erickson on July 14, 1944 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Davenport. Charlotte remained in Davenport while he served in the Navy. They moved to Rockford, IL in 1946, where they would make their home and raise their children. Stephen was born in 1948. Paul Allen was born in 1963 and died as a young child in 1967. Diane LaHarne was born 1953. Donna Allen was born in 1954; she died in 2014.
Charlotte worked at Illinois National Bank and later worked in the cafeteria of East High School for 10 years. She served as a faithful volunteer at SwedishAmerican Hospital for over 36 years. She enjoyed gardening, canning tomatoes and beans, and making preserves and jams from her raspberries. She had a doll collection, and loved keeping an immaculate home for her family. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church, and belonged to several card clubs and an investment club, and sang in the choir.
She is survived by her son, Stephen (Lori Stanbury); daughter, Diane (John "Mick") LaHarne; son-in-law, Ronald Allen; and former daughter-in-law, Sharon Erickson. Her grandchildren include: Matthew (Jennifer) Allen, Darrin (Rachel) Erickson, Jonathan LaHarne, Rachel (Shane) Hart, Issac (Monique) LaHarne. Great-grandchildren include: Greyson LaHarne, Jack & McKenzie Erickson, Joshua, Simon, and Samuel Allen. She has two surviving cousins in Cedar Rapids, IA.
She was predeceased in death by her parents; husband, Donald (October 30, 2000); son, Paul (1967); and daughter, Donna (July 25, 2014).
A celebration of Charlotte's life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., Rockford with Reverend Jane McChesney officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the celebration in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SwedishAmerican Foundation, 1401 E. State St, Rockford, IL 61104, or First Lutheran Church, 225 S. 3rd St., Rockford, IL 61104.

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  1. Terry Timm, Knoxville,TN

    Steve and Diane, so sorry to read the passing of your mother. She always seemed to be in a happy mood. Our dad enjoyed walking in the mall with her in later years. I often called her at home, then her assisted living home, though she couldn't remember the name of it, so I couldn't stop to visit, nor show her very early Rolling Green photos. Life has sped up as we aged, but we have so many more memories. Hoping you like me, have very pleasant memories of your mother.

  2. Bonnie (Karlberg) Barton

    Diane & family, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I will always have special childhood memories of you that often include your mom. Within our hearts, the ones we love are never really gone. May you find comfort in your memories. Hugs, Bonnie


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