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Obituary - Janice J. Erickson


Last updated 10/6/2021 at 11:15am

Janice Erickson

Janice J. Erickson, 78, left us October 1st, 2021 from complications of dementia in Malta, Montana, and is now at peace with her husband and family.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Mausoleum in Great Falls, Montana, Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 1 p.m.

Janice was born April 17, 1943 in Great Falls, Montana to Francis A. "Frenchy" and Hazel Boule. She grew up in Great Falls and had one older brother, Duane Boule.

She met her future husband, Russell O. Erickson, as a child and married the man she had known all her life on June 17, 1961. The couple spent their first few years of marriage traveling to New Jersey and Verdon, France, where Russell was stationed for two years in the Army.  Following Russell's military service, the couple returned to Montana and made their home in Billings, Montana.

In 1966, two months before the birth of their first daughter, Glenda, the couple moved to Havre, Montana.  A second daughter, Laura, followed in 1969.  The couple made their home west of Havre, where Janice tended to her family and worked as a secretary for Havre Public Schools and was a child day care provider for many, many years. Janice also worked side-by-side with her husband of 52 years in their rental management business. Following Russell's retirement, Janice worked for Northern Montana Long Term Care in food services and eventually enjoyed volunteering at Northern Montana Hospital.

Janice enjoyed traveling and was able to visit much of Europe during their time in France. She loved camping, playing cards, and made the best pies. Her pride and joy were her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brother, sister-in-law Carla Boule, and sister-in-law Marilyn DeSmet Ployhar.

She is survived by her daughters, Glenda (Mark) Knudsen of Malta, Montana and Laura (Darrell) Powell of Spokane, Washington; grandchildren, Adam (Kyrie) Bachmeier, Amber (Nathan) Wager, and Marcus Knudsen all  of Havre, Montana, Kaitlyn (Britt) Cacopardo of Carl Junction, Missouri, Michael (Ashley) Knudsen of Malta, Montana, Macy Knudsen of Minot, North Dakota, and Cole Hentschel, Sydney (Cameron) Weaver, and Shandee Powell all of Spokane, Washington, great-granchildren, MacKayla Bachmeier of Malta, Montana, Linkyn, Ledger, and Lawson Cacapardo of Carl Junction, Missouri, Talon Weaver of Spokane, Washington, and Natalie Wager, of Havre, Montana; brothers-in-law, Joe (Bonee) Erickson of Ulm, Montana, and Sid (Betsey) Erickson of Helena, Montana, along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.

Memorials can be made to the Hi Line Retirement Center in Malta MT or the Church of your choice.


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