Erika L. Brennan
ERIKA LYNN ELIZABETH BRENNAN was born on November 28, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Roger and Vicki (Opheim) Brennan. She graduated from Minneapolis Washburn High School with Baccalaureate Honors in 1994. She then attended University of Wisconsin in River Falls, Wisconsin and Eastern College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania before receiving her A.S. degree from Iowa Lakes in Estherville, Iowa. While in Jackson, she worked as a life guard at the Jackson Pool and worked at Gordy’s Foods. She had been working for Walgreen’s in Albert Lea before transferring to the Walgreen’s in Northfield, Minnesota. Erika passed away at her residence on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at the age of 33 years, and 9 days.
Erika was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Minneapolis and had been an acolyte for several years. While in high school, she had been a 3 sport letter winner in gymnastics, swimming, and track. She had competed in baton twirling for 8 years. She enjoyed reading and crocheting. She enjoyed scrap booking. She spent her life being a care giver to her nieces and nephews and friends’ children and staying healthy.Erika is survived by her mother, Vicki (David) Olson of Jackson, her father, Roger Brennan of Minneapolis, 2 brothers, Luke Brennan of Jackson and Hroar (AnneGro) Berge of Bergen, Norway, 2 sisters, Carrie (Kevin) Leveille of Minneapolis and Hillary (Christopher) Straigis of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, her grandmother, Mary Opheim of Lakefield, 2 uncles, Gene (Joy) Opheim of Tallahassee, Florida and Myles Opheim of Fort Worth, Texas, a step-sister, Peggy Everett of Goshen, Indiana, 5 nieces and 2 nephews.
Erika was preceded in death by her brother, Myles John James Brennan, her uncle, Curtis Opheim, her auntie, Joyce Opheim, her paternal grandparents and her maternal grandfather.
Blessed be the memory of Erika Lynn Elizabeth Brennan.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 11:30 AM at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jackson with Father Peter Schuster officiating. Inurnment will be in the St. Augustine’s Catholic Cemetery in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Visitation will be on Friday, 12-12-08 from 6 to 8 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home and on Saturday – one hour prior to the service at the Church.