Kristin Ann Erickson, 48, passed away on Dec. 29, 2019, after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer.
Kristin was born on March 1, 1971, in Crookston, Minn., the daughter of Kendall and Kathleen Hunter. She was raised and graduated from high school in Lancaster, Minn. She attended the University of Minnesota Crookston and Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she graduated with a degree in business administration. While at college in Crookston, Kristin was a statistician for the men’s basketball team and her favorite player soon became Paul Erickson. They were united in marriage on June 24, 1995, and together they had two children, Kai and Hunter, who were the light of her life. They made their home in Fargo, N.D.
Kristin was a lot of things to many people. She was an awesome mom to Kai and Hunter, a fabulous friend and sister, an amazing aunt that traveled thousands of miles to make memories with nieces and nephews, and a woman of faith amidst life’s toughest challenges. Those close to her knew she’d always be there for them, being the biggest cheerleader and celebrating in their accomplishments. Kristin loved hosting friends and family at “Hotel Erickson,” throwing garage parties, cooking delicious meals and snacks for guests, and entertaining. Kristin loved soaking up the sun and always left an open invitation for anyone to join her at their pool – “the more, the merrier” was her motto. She was always fashionable and never left home without throwing on a cute pair of shoes. Everyone who met her would soon learn that she’s Kristin with an “i”. She loved watching sports, was an avid Fighting Sioux hockey fan, and was a proud billet mom to Fargo Force players Jacob Paganelli, Odeen Tufto, William Fallstrom, Michael Mancinelli and Kaden Bohlsen.
Kristin spent her career working in health care accounting at Banner Health, Eide Bailly, Sanford Health and Discovery Benefits, all in Fargo. Many of her co-workers became her dear friends.
Kristin was an advocate for breast cancer and BRCA awareness. She was an active member of the FM Breast Friends Support Group. Kristin was always willing to share her story and to offer support to all those fighting breast cancer. She was ready with a big smile and a hug to all those that came to support group meetings. There are so many things cancer cannot touch, and Kristin’s light is one of them.
She will be deeply missed by her husband, Paul; children, Kai and Hunter; parents, Ken and Kathy Hunter; brother, Kraig (Francine) Hunter; sister, Kendra (Nick) Wentworth; father and mother-in-law, Allen and Diane Erickson; sister-in-law, Nancy (Craig) Riveland; sister-in-law, Liz Lisburg (Brian Gunufson); nieces and nephews, Carson Hunter, McKenzie Hunter, Alexis Hunter, Myah Jensen, Kendall Wentworth, Laiken Wentworth, Hannah Riveland, Clay Riveland, Erika Lisburg, Garrett Lisburg (Erin Greendahl), Braiden Gunufson; and great-niece, Aubree Lisburg.
She is preceded in death by her brother, Kevin Hunter and her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo.
Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church with a vigil service at 7 p.m.
Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting www.hansonrunsvold.com.
Arrangements by Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo.