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Donna K. Erickson

Obituary for Donna K. Erickson

October 5, 1938 - January 13, 2018
Aurora, Illinois | Age 79


Erickson, Donna K., 79, of Aurora, passed away on January 13, 2018. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend.

Donna was born in Aurora, IL on October 5, 1938. She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at Aurora (College) University in 1960.

Donna began teaching 4th Grade in the Geneva Community Unit School District in 1961, then in 1962, she married Clifford "Jack" T. Erickson and they had 2 daughters, Kareen & Katherine. She quit teaching once her daughters were born in order to be a stay-at-home-mom during their elementary years, all the while supporting her family in their academic, athletic and social endeavors. Donna loved to read, sew and cook, especially famous for her goulash. She also loved her 2 miniature schnauzers.

While her daughters were enrolled in West Aurora schools, she was involved in leadership positions within the PTA. She was Board President at both the elementary and high school levels as well as West Aurora Council President. As Council President, and until her daughters graduated, she was very involved in the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Committee. During these same years, she also supported Christian education for the children of Our Savior Lutheran Church, volunteering her time as a VBS director & teacher, Sunday school teacher and various other committees. In 1979, she coordinated the campaign for State Representative Suzanne Deuchler, then became her Administrative Assistant from 1980 thru 1999.

Donna devoted her time and talents to many organizations:
- She was a longtime member of AAUW (Aid Association of University Women), winning "Woman of Distinction" in 1997.
- She served as President and member of the Board of Directors for Mutual Ground.
- For many years, she was a member of the Advocacy & Action Committee at the Aurora YWCA, the Kane County State's Attorney's Office Second Chance Panel, and the League of Women Voters.

Left to cherish her memory are her 2 daughters: Kareen (Edward) MacFarlane of Lawrenceville, Georgia and Katherine (Jeff) Erickson-Jarka of Warrenville, Illinois; her grandson, Luke MacFarlane (12), who was her pride and joy; 3 grand puppies; and many extended family members.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents: Adam & Bernice (Pohl) Pierce, her older brother Ronald A. Pierce, and her husband of 52 years: Clifford Erickson.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 2 PM until time of service 4 PM at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Donna's name to Mutual Ground, Attention: Donation Department, 418 Oak Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506 or donate online at their website:

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