Monday, June 21, 2010

R.I.P. Kathleen Gibbs Erickson

From Gerry Burns' Facebook newsfeed, I learned the sad news that Kathleen Biggs Erickson died on June 9. She was a graduate of the NPHS Class of 1968. Here's the obit from the Courier News.

Kathleen H. "Kathy" (Gibbs) Erickson, 60, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville surrounded by her loving and supportive family, after a long courageous struggle with cancer. Born in Mt. Vernon, NY, she grew up in North Plainfield and moved to Manville with her children in 1992. Kathy was a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant where she worked for many local dental offices over the years as well as teaching dental instruction at Somerset County Technical Institute in Bridgewater. Raising her children alone as a single mother, Kathy worked additional jobs to make ends meet; she was a crossing guard for Manville and a cashier at the Manville Rag Shop and Hillsborough Shop Rite. Kathy was a faithful communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Manville where she volunteered at many of the church events, especially the summer festivals where she sold 50/50's. Kathy was a former President for the Manville First Aid & Rescue Squad Auxiliary and a member of Thomas J. Kavanaugh, VFW Post #2290 Ladies Auxiliary. Kathy loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed trips to Atlantic City, going to the movies as well as reading books, knitting, crocheting and planting flowers. Kathy will always be remembered for her friendly and beautiful smile.
Kathy is predeceased by her brother-in-law Dennis Carovillano, Sr. who passed away on January 10, 2010. Kathy leaves behind her children: Karin Erickson of Bridgewater, Donald Erickson of New Hampshire, Darryl and his wife Rikki Erickson, Brian Erickson and his long time girlfriend Diana Weaver all of Manville and Danny Erickson and his fiancée Becky Borawski formerly of Manville. She also leaves behind her grandchildren; Elizabeth, Anesa and DJ Erickson; her parents William and Eileen (Jankowski) Gibbs of Raritan and her siblings: Linda Carovillano of Raritan, Michael and his wife Georgette Gibbs of Bridgewater, Bill and Theresa Gibbs of Lincoln Park and Dawn and Wayne Barry of Raritan. Kathy will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends all whose lives she has touched.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 14, 2010 beginning 11:00 am at Fucillo & Warren Funeral Home, 205 South Main Street, Manville, NJ 08835 followed by a 12:00 pm funeral liturgy at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Manville. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery located in Hillsborough. Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation at the funeral home on Sunday, June 13, 2010 from 12-3 pm and 6-9 pm and on Monday from 9:00 am until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the family would be greatly appreciated. To send condolences to the family or to sign an online guest book, please visit