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Frances V. Erickson

Frances V. Erickson, 87, Moorhead, Minn., died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Eventide Lutheran Home, Moorhead.

Frances Virginia Velde was born April 12, 1924, at Cyrus, Minn., to Oscar and Esther (Moen) Velde. She was raised at Cyrus and graduated from high school at Pine River, Minn. Fran married Raymond Erickson, March 15, 1945, in Los Angeles, Calif. Through the years they lived in many Minnesota and North Dakota communities, before settling in Casselton, N.D., in 1966. Fran was a dance instructor for 26 years, until retiring in 1986. Fran and Ray moved to Moorhead in 2003. Ray died in August 2010.

She is survived by her children, Jan (Milford) Kandt, Dilworth, Minn., Cheri (John) Eraker, Fargo, Todd (Susan) Erickson, Mankato, Minn.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren and sisters, Helen and Edith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; brothers, George, Toby and Clifford; sisters, Idella, Amanda, Melinda, Olive, Marion and Hazel and grandson, Brian.

The Funeral Service was held Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m., in West Funeral Home, West Fargo, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Burial was in the Casselton (N.D.) Cemetery.

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(West Funeral Home, West Fargo)