Jo Erickson

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died December 25th, 2019

Jo Erickson, 71, of Escanaba, passed away early Wednesday morning, December 25, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

Jo was born in Escanaba on April 25, 1948, daughter of Ray and June (Hutte) Erickson. She graduated from Holy Name High School in 1966 and earned her master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University.

She accomplished many things including Instructor for the school of cosmetology, owning and operating Jo’s Country Inn Restaurant and more recently working for Pathways and Hiawatha Behavioral Health.

She treasured time spent with her grandkids. gardening of many different fruits and vegetables, beading, and various other crafting. Most of all she enjoyed cooking and sharing the food she prepared with others.

Jo had been a member of St. Anne’s Church where she had served as a cantor and sang for mass. She always enjoyed spending time at Marygrove Retreat Center over the years.

Among survivors are her daughters, Tami Minor of Green Bay and Michelle (Raymond) Rodman of Manistique; son in law, (Tanya) Ben Buckland; grandchildren, Chris (Mallory) Micheau, Zach Jennings, Taylor Ann and Tanya James Rodman; sister, Nancy Crowe of Escanaba; sister-n-law, Judy Erickson of Escanaba; nephew Paul (Carol) Crowe of Escanaba; nieces, Traci Crowe Couillard; Lisa (John) Snyder and Jodi Erickson Garcia of Green Bay.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tom Therrian; daughter, Tanya Buckland; niece, Diana Robitaille; and brother, John T Erickson.

There will be a Memorial Service for Jo on Thursday,  January 2nd at 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Church, 817 S. Lincoln Rd, Escanaba, with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating with a lunch to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Crawford Funeral Home, 302 South 13th Street, Escanaba to assist with expenses.

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2 Tributes to “Jo Erickson”

  1. My heart hurt when I learned of Jo’s passing. Since I have a medical appointment in Marquette and won’t be able to attend I wanted to write a few words to the family.. Our friendship began 20-30 years ago. We enjoyed sharing our faith, our family times and our work.

    Life wasn’t easy for Jo, but she worked hard and rose above, really making something of her life. (A Masters degree in Social work) I was privileged to work with her at Manistique Mental Health. I felt that she was one of the best case managers. She was a tremendous client advocate.

    I will forever miss her but she is exactly where she’s wanted to be. Finally in her heavenly home.

    With love, Sally Mosher

  2. Oh my gosh, I just saw where JoAnn passed away and I didn’t know she lived right here in Escanaba. My fondest childhood memories of fun are with JoAnn and my sister Susan. We had so much fun and got into so many childhood fights. I’m just so sad and sorry we didn’t continue our friendship as we got older. You certainly did well with your life and accomplished so much. Rest In Peace JoAnn. Linda Lewis Shaski

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