Ruby Erickson

Ruby Erickson

Ruby Erickson of Harris passed away on Wednesday, July 16 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis at the age of 88.
Ruby Anna Stallcop was born on November 15, 1925 to parents Clifford and Anna Stallcop in Page Township, Minnesota. She attended country school until the eighth grade.
She met Norman Balfanz and they were married in April of 1945. They lived in Minneapolis until 1953 when they purchased the Harris Hotel. They later renamed it Ruby and Norms. This was a great place to get a good steak after dancing at Lakeside Pavilion on Saturday nights. This was also a family meeting place after the softball games. They sold the business in 1971 due to Normans failing health. In 1973 she went to work for Green Acres as a cook and worked there until she retired in 1991. She married Norton Erickson on Aug. 24, 1991, at his home in Harris. He welcomed all his new step-children. They attended many old time dances and one of their favorite places to go was the Taylors Falls Barn Dance.
Before she became ill she loved to crochet items for family members. She was a member of First Lutheran Church of Harris and Harris Legion Auxiliary
She moved to Gracewood Assisted Living in North Branch on April 1, 2014. She was happy there, but always said its not home. The family always could tell if she was having a good day as she loved music and you would be able to hear her singing and humming a tune.
She is survived by her husband Norton; children, Connie (Neal) Sederberg, Steve (Janice) Balfanz, Darline Campbell and friend Bruce Hiles, David Smoky (Patty) Balfanz, DeeDee (Mike) Still and Larry (Shari) Erickson; grandchildren, Randy and Scott Sederberg, Chad Balfanz and Stephanie Deiss, Amy Coleman, Angie Olson, Doug Campbell, Tim and Breanna Balfanz, Alysha Chouinard and Josh Still; great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Jagear and Sierra Sederberg, Carlie Nerhus, Sydney Balfanz, Tillie Deiss, Tyler and Evan Coleman, Kelsie and Kasidie Olson, Bennie Kunesh, Madison and Morgan Campbell, Braxden and Kendrah Chouinard and Brynna Still.
She was preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Anna Stallcop; her first husband Norman Balfanz; her three brothers, Lester, Milton and Delos; sister, Grace Webster and a son-in-law David Campbell.
Reverend Conrad Warner officiated funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday, July 21 at the First Lutheran Church of Harris. Casket bearers were Randy Sederberg, Scott Sederberg, Chad Balfanz, Tim Balfanz, Doug Campbell, Josh Still, Keith Balfanz, Brent Balfanz and Harry Erickson. Honorary Casket Bearers were the American Legion Womens Auxiliary. Music was provided by Lois and Craig Dahl. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Harris.
Arrangements for Ruby Erickson are with the Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City, Olson Chapel. www.funeralandcremationservice.com.

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