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Ferdinande C. "Ferdie" Eriksen, 88, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Hubbard Hill Estates.
She was born April 7, 1929, in Heidelberg, Germany, to Friedrich W. and Ottilie Mathilde (Joest) Kaiser. She married Einar Eriksen June 7, 1953, in Goshen. He died Dec. 13, 1997.
Surviving are a son, Scott D. (Debbie) Eriksen of Bristol; a daughter, Deborah (Jim) Caruso of North Haven, Connecticut; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Renate Wolf of Heidelberg, Germany, and Margot Meier of Bielefeld, Germany; and two half-brothers, Gerhard and Dieter Kaiser, both of Heidelberg, Germany.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Sonja Hayne and Ursula Winkler; and two brothers, Heinz and Willi Kaiser.
Ferdie moved to Goshen from Heidelberg in 1951. She graduated from Goshen High School in 1953 and was a homemaker and a clerk at Kline's Department Store in Goshen and Judd's Drug Store for eight years. She was a member of Clark Memorial Church.
A memorial service for Ferdie will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at Clark Memorial Church, 316 Division St., Elkhart.
Memorial contributions may be given to the church.
Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart, is entrusted with her arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.stemmlawsonpeterson.com.
Published on  May 30, 2017
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