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Jane B. Erikson, 79, of Rockford, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, in her home. She was born December 30, 1937, in Terre Haute, IN. She was married to Robert Erikson; he predeceased her.
She is survived by her daughter, Stacy Fry; grandchildren, Ryan (Ashley), Keary (Brandon) Harding, and Kirsten (Ryan) Werner; great-grandchildren, Payton, Noah, Colten, Aleeah, Wyatt, and Isabelle; sisters, Linda Vickers, Donna Brinton and Martha Brinton; niece, Melissa Vickers; nephew, J. Thomas Forbes; sister-in-law, Pat Gorman; and stepchildren, Allen Erikson and Sandy Duncan.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. Rockford. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Fred C. Olson Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northern Illinois Hospice, 4215 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL 61108

Condolences & Shared Memories (25)

  1. Diana Hawkinson/ ECFairview School

    My memories of Jane always start with her smile and well known voice, kindly answering a question from someone during a staff meeting. Her ability to problem solve and find a way to achieve the goals of a fledgling program for young children was done with such grace. She was the real life ' energizer bunny'. She was a true pioneer with a huge heart who helped a whole generation of young children become successful learners. Bless you,Jane .

  2. Reenie Murley

    Such a tireless, intelligent and cheerful member of the Rockford Woman's Club. We will miss her so much.

  3. VICKIE ADAMS

    Stacy, I will be forever grateful to her for giving birth to a wonderful person which I now call my best friend...my heart is saddened for each and everyone of you, which all of you have become a part of the Adam's family....I will be here morning, noon, and night, but I promise you it will get better. Thinking of you at this most difficult time..

  4. Neil and Judy Nicholls

    So sorry for your loss,our prayers are with you and your family

  5. Bonnie Johnson

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Jane will be missed for sure. She was such a tireless worker and gave so much to the early childhood program in Rockford. I so much enjoyed being able to talk with her for a few minutes at her store a few weeks ago .

  6. Joann Stewart

    Jane was such an advocate for early childhood education in Rockford. To know her was to love her. So sorry to her family for your loss.

  7. Joe Shake

    Stacy, we are so sorry about the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joe & Tina

  8. Robert Lockwood

    Always loved her energy and positive outlook, she was always fun to be around. Jan will be missed by myself and many oters. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  9. Dale Marks

    Sorry to hear about your Mom. Prayers for you and Your Family.

  10. Carrie perkins chandler

    Stacy, your mom was the best! She was always so sweet to me through all our years of friendship. We will all miss her greatly.

  11. Luci Galloway

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Stacy and your family. I will cherish the memories of your mother and her sisters and the fun times Nancy and Hank and I had growing up with them. With love, Luci

  12. Lisa Meade

    Stacy, I am so saddened to hear about your mother's passing. I hope and pray that you will have strength during this time of loss. I am thinking of you and your family. I'll never forget your mother!

  13. Rose McCulloh

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very sad time. Jane was such a energetic and amazing lady and educator who made a difference in so many lives! She will be missed!

  14. Chris Estes

    I have known Jane since my very first teaching job at Cherry Valley School many many years ago. I was always amazed that she had the energy to do all the things that she did well into her 70's. We will all miss her. RIP Jane.

  15. Pat Stroup

    I am so sorry Stacy to read about the death of your mom. She was one special lady filled with so much kindness. She was so special and kind to me when I lost Jim. I have many memories of our visits when she came and got vegetables at the stand. I will miss your mom and all our talks. You and the rest of the family will be in my prayers

  16. Becky Lindvall

    I worked with Jane a long time ago in the Early Childhood Program. She was a wonderful, energetic, and caring lady. I loved keeping in touch with her through the 3R store. Jane gave a great deal to this community. She will be missed.

  17. Carmita Blake

    Jane such a sweet angel. A true blessing to the early childhood community . Job well done. Rest In Peace

  18. Kim czerniewski

    Jane was a wonderful,caring person. You couldn't help but love her. She will be greatly missed. RIP

  19. Toni Brown

    Knew Jane for many years as an exceptional person and advocate for young children. My sympathies to her family.

  20. Dan Shake

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to Stacy and the entire family. Rest in Peace, Jane. Love, Cousin Dan

  21. Donna Brinton

    Being a sister never dies. Thanks for sharing your life with me. Sisterly, Donna

  22. Melissa A

    Stacy, I may not have known you long but since that time you have shown me that your a sweet wonderful person which tells me your mother was the same. You and your family are in my prayers.

  23. Ann Morgan

    Stacy, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was our son's, Craig, first grade teacher, and I substituted for her when Bob had his heart surgery. We had many fun times at Breyer together. She was a dynamo and such a classy dresser! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. Margaret Adwell

    Thoughts and prayers to Jane's family, and especially to Martha, Donna and Linda Brinton. Jane was an amazing woman who never gave up.

  25. Elizabeth Hill

    A very special lady! A delightful friend and a privilege to work with on RWC Fundraisers. I will never forget her.


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