Erika Hiser

September 22, 1924May 10, 2013

HISER, ERIKA (MAISIE) Portage Lake Dexter, Michigan Erika (Maisie) Hiser, of Portage Lake and Dexter, MI, age 88, passed away May 10, 2013. She was born in a farmhouse in Cambridge, Minnesota, the 8th child of Nels and Nannie Nyberg on September 22, 1924. Erika graduated from Cambridge High School in 1942 and from the Minnesota School of Business in 1943. She moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan to work at the Willow Run Bomber Plant. She married Walter Louis Hiser on May 18, 1945. They enjoyed 51 ½ wonderful years together. After World War II, she also held secretarial positions at the Ford Motor Co., Kaiser Frazer Corp., and Clinton Machine Company. Erika became a stay at home mom to raise three children. She was a loving mother. Being an exceptionally good cook, she was well known for her decorated cakes, cookies, rye bread and rice pudding. She won several blue ribbons at the Chelsea Fair for her food entries. Afterward, she went to work part time at Vitality Seed Company, then full time at the University of Michigan in 1978. She worked 12 years in the Federal Financial Operations Department from which she retired in 1990. Her grandchildren were the lights of her life, Matthew and Heather Holmen, Nicholas, Noah and Joey Hiser. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Charlotte Slater and Lenore Swenson, brothers Leroy, Bruce, Lauren, Sidney and Vernon Nyberg, and her husband. She is survived by: her children, Heidi (Leo) Hollenbeck of Jackson, MI, Sherri (Jeff) Holmen of Braham, MN and Mark (Lisa) Hiser of Dexter, MI; five grandchildren; sister-in-laws Deloris Nyberg and Doris Hiser; several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at the Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Dexter, MI. Burial will follow funeral service at Arborcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Ann Arbor, MI. Please visit for service times.


  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, May 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 18, 2013

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Paul Arnold

May 17, 2013

My prayers are with your family. I enjoyed visiting with your mother and it was clear she loved her family very much.
- Rev. Paul Arnold, Arbor Hospice

Christie Damon

May 16, 2013

Heidi, Sherry & Mark: Your mom was one of the kindest people I've ever met in my life. I will never forget her compassion in taking care of my mom, sister and me during a very difficult time in our lives and making your home a comfortable place for us to stay. Her cooking, baking and love for life will never be forgotten. My condolences to your families. She will be missed but her kindness never forgotten.

The Parker

May 16, 2013

Mark, Lisa, Nick, Noah and Joe,
Please accept our condolences at this difficult time, and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Parker Family,
John K., Mary Lynn, Elizabeth, John L. and Paul.

May 15, 2013

Our prayers and deepest sympathies are with you and your family in the loss of your Mother. She will be truly missed.
Roger and Margaret Cunningham

May 14, 2013

We will always remember Mrs Hiser as a great neighbor and even better friend. She and Mr. Hiser welcomed us to the Portage Lake Community from the moment we moved in and we will always remember their kindness and love they gave our family. Mark and Lisa will be in our prayers. Tom & Ronda Skittenhelm

May 13, 2013

With our deepest sympathies. Maisie will be extremely missed. Our thoughts, prayers and love is sent to the whole family. Keith & Lorie Kitchen, anda family.

Laura & Eric Rayner

May 13, 2013

Your Mom was a great lady Heidi...... I know she will be truly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

May 13, 2013

Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you - Mark, Lisa, Nick, Noah, Joe and your entire family!!! The Bateman's

Jack/Ginger Sanders

May 13, 2013

Jack and I send our condolences. I know she will be missed. Sweet lady.
Jack and Ginger Sanders.

vickie bennett

May 13, 2013

I always have loved you all-i have so many memories to cherish until our time comes to get our wings-my thoughts and prayers go out to you all-our parents are together again-you are all like my second family-RIP mrs. hiser-i will always love you and never forget all the times growing up with you and your family-