Ethel Louise Erlandson
November 26, 1926 – August 6, 2019
Ethel Louise Erlandson of Edmonton, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away at the age of 92.
Ethel was the daughter of Alfred and Jennie Berry and was raised along with her brother Gordon on the family farm in Daysland. She was home schooled until she was old enough to ride to school by horseback. She graduated from Daysland High School and then went to the University of Alberta where she studied to become a teacher. Her first teaching job was in a one room school north of Killam and lasted only four days because the school burned down. She taught in the Killam area for a year and a half and then at the Forestburg School where she taught grade 7 for one year. She then took a comptometer course at the McTavish Business College in Edmonton and went to work for Hudson’s Bay.
Ethel was living in a boarding house when she met her husband Dick Erlandson. Dick was on a holiday with his brother Lowell when they decided to visit their cousin Irene. After a brief romance Dick and Ethel were married on November 8, 1951 and settled down in Edmonton. Shortly thereafter was the arrival of Duane, Lyle, Neil, Keith and Bruce. When Bruce went to school Ethel returned to teaching as a substitute teacher for 17 years. Ethel and Dick enjoyed camping, family reunions, curling and, of course with 4 boys, hockey and baseball. Ethel loved to cross-stitch, knit, quilt and sew. She was also very involved in her church and community. Seven years ago, Ethel moved to Rosslyn Place where she enjoyed bingo, puzzles, Jeopardy and the company of the other residents. Ethel always remained quick witted, remembering events of long ago and everyone’s’ birthdays.
Ethel was predeceased by Dick and their infant son Lyle. Left to cherish her memory are her four sons; Duane, Neil (Bonnie), Keith (Joyce), Bruce (Trisha); five grandchildren Kristin (Peter), Cara (Joel), Cyndi, Brad (Laura), Tabitha (Ryan); four great grandchildren Cohen, Sofia, Frances, Beau; and her brother Gordon (Unity) Berry. In addition, her brother in-laws Lowell (Isabel), Ernest (Donna), sister in-law Marian and numerous extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to All Saints Lutheran Church.
- Brad Erlandson
- Peter Kinkaide
- Joel Mathers
- Ryan Hallikainen
- Ray Paton
- Lorin Vigen
- Funeral Service Monday, August 12, 2019
Ethel Louise Erlandson
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Ed & Duwan Stover
August 12, 2019
Neil, our condolences on the passing of your mother. Thinking of you and Bonnie, and your family, during this difficult time.
August 10, 2019
Playing hide and seek at Uncle Dick and Auntie Ethel’s, I hid under her skirt as I did when playing at my Nana’s in England. Poor Auntie Ethel didn’t know what to do with me crawling inside her clothes!
The gingerbread sleigh, Santa, and reindeer she made us one Christmas; the sleigh had tiny packages with even tinier tags. She gave me what I considered my first grown up necklace in one of those tiny parcels.
At WEM with Moe and Liam for the Hair Massacure fundraiser, all of us hair dyed pink, Auntie Ethel walked past and said, “I should have known you’d be involved in this noise!” And laughed and laughed.
Too many memories to recount here.
The world has lost a beautiful, kind, loving, and devoted human being.
Sending love and condolences to all my extended family who have lost Auntie Ethel.
BOBCAT OF CALGARY
August 9, 2019
Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.