Rosalyn Rae Erickson – Brainerd Dispatch

Rosalyn Rae Erickson, 87, of McCook, NE, died Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha, NE.

Rosie was born on January 23, 1935 in Bonetrail, ND to parents Adolph and Helen (Fougner) Nelson. She was one of nine children who grew up on a farm near Baudette, MN, first living in a two-story log cabin, then moving into a more modern home. She helped work the farm milking cows and separating cream for sale, salting pork and preserving produce for sale at the grocery store, working the potato fields to buy clothes, mowing sheep, picking berries, harvesting nuts and more. Rosie attended a one-room country school for eight years, then attended and graduated from Lake of the Woods High School in 1952, after which she moved to Minneapolis, MN and enrolled at Northwestern Bible College.

Perhaps the most significant moment in Rosie’s life took place on January 1, 1954 when she attended a Billy Graham Crusade at the Minneapolis City Auditorium. There an invitation was issued to believe and receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Rosie responded by giving her heart and life to Christ.

Rosie married the love of her life, Reverend Harold Allen Erickson, on June 26, 1959, at Powderhorn Park Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. The two entered the ministry shortly thereafter serving Minnesota churches in Round Prairie, LaPorte, Detroit Lakes, Fosston, Brainerd and Cushing. Their ministry also extended to Christian camping at Camp Joy, Camp Lebanon and Camp Jim, all in Minnesota. Rosie has also shared and led many ministries over the years including Pioneer Girls, Vacation Bible School, Good News Clubs, Sunday School, Youth Camp Outs and Bible Studies.

From the union of Rosie and Harold were born four children: Mark, Marla, Marshall and Marcy Jo. The couple were also blessed with many adopted children over the years, inviting into their home and raising 18 boys and girls.

Throughout her life, Rosie has held many different positions: Honeywell (stenographer), Fosston Community Hospital (accountant) and Lutheran Social Services (developmental disability support staff), to name a few. -ones.

Rosie was predeceased by her husband, Harold Erickson; three sisters, Bernadine Saline, Ardella Saline and Donna McWilliams; and three brothers, Jasper Nelson, Harvey Nelson and one brother who died in infancy.

Those left to celebrate Rosie’s life include her children, Mark (Rosanne) Erickson of Lengby, MN, Marla (Tommy) Hardcastle of Lucas, KY, Marshall (Teresa) Erickson of McCook, NE, Marcy Jo (John) Fenske of ‘Owatonna, MN and Edward (Tomi) Marotske of Dumfries, Virginia; brother, LaVerne Nelson of Escondido, California; sister, Janice Sadler of Sterling, AK; sixteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

In lieu of memorial contributions to a specific cause, you may send a gift in Rosie’s name to a Christian ministry of your choice: charity, local church, global mission, missionary, summer camp, crisis center, daycare. eat, relief organization. Such a tribute would reflect generosity and follow the example of Harold and Rosie supporting many Kingdom causes as they lived their lives on this earth.

Private family services and burial will take place at a later date.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home, McCook, was in charge of the arrangements. Please visit our website at to sign the online family guestbook.

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