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“She was my bus driver.she was always funny. ”
1 of 66 | Posted by: esther

“God Bless you my friends Roy, Jenny & Josh ”
2 of 66 | Posted by: Todd Seliskar - Wausau, WI

“Joes and Sue, I am so very sorry to hear of your loved ones passing. Please take comfort in knowing that they are with our Lord and Saviour. I...Read More »
3 of 66 | Posted by: Christina Lindgren - MI

“Grandpa Joe and Cookie, I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you the...Read More »
4 of 66 | Posted by: Rick Bowerman - Munising, MI

“I cannot begin to tell you how sorry we are to hear of your losses. They will be greatly missed! Please except our most heartfelt sympathy. If there...Read More »
5 of 66 | Posted by: Vicki Stockert-Bristow - Newberry, MI

“To the Erickson family, and sweet Brooke, we are so sorry for the loss of Jenny, Roy and Josh. They are so missed. We love you Brooke. ”
6 of 66 | Posted by: Julie Bivens and family Tecumseh

“Oh Jenny I miss you! From the day we met at soccer camp you would think we were sisters. Everyone says you didn't know a stranger and that is true...Read More »
7 of 66 | Posted by: Julie Bivens - Tecumseh, OK

“Uncle Joe and Aunt Sue, wish we could have been with you today. You're in our hearts and prayers and we'll be there on Thursday. Love you both!! ”
8 of 66 | Posted by: Dawn Brower Ganzel - Gladstone, MI

“Joe & Sue: Words cannot express what Barb & I feel on what has happened. Jenny allways referred to me as uncle Dale. Mom as Aunt Elsie. Even though...Read More »
9 of 66 | Posted by: Dale & Barb Ollila - MI

“Joe, Sue and family Our hearts are so heavy having heard of your loss. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers. ”
10 of 66 | Posted by: Tim/Kathy Connors - Skandia, MI

“You all are in my thoughts! I know that nothing that is said can take away your pain, but prayers are being sent for you. If you need anything you...Read More »
11 of 66 | Posted by: Betty (Nurkkala) Anderson - WI

“Dear Joe and Sue, our hearts are breaking after hearing this news. I remember Jenny spending time with us when vacationing at a lake cabin, she was...Read More »
12 of 66 | Posted by: Edward T. Erickson - South Bend, IN

“I was so sorry to hear of Jenny's passing. We grew up together from the 4th grade until graduation. She was always happy and always smiling. I...Read More »
13 of 66 | Posted by: Guinevere Kulie - Negaunee, MI

“Grampa Joe and Sue, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss you will be in my prayers ”
14 of 66 | Posted by: Robert Sampson

“She was a sister, a daughter and a best friend to me and a mom to my grandson, Daniel and an aunt to Daniels twin brothers who loved her very much. ...Read More »
15 of 66 | Posted by: Nancy Freeman & family - Tecumseh, OK

“Joe, Sue and Family. We are sorry to hear of the loss of Jenny and her family. So tragic that three young lives were taken so soon. God Bless. ”
16 of 66 | Posted by: Sid & Jean Washburn - Skandia, MI

“Joe and Sue and entire family...so very sorry to hear of the loss of Jenny, Roy, and Josh. You are in my families thoughts and prayers and know that...Read More »
17 of 66 | Posted by: Matt Winfield - Ishpeming, MI

“Joe and Sue - I am so sorry to hear about Jenny and her family. You will be in my prayers. God will be with you. ”
18 of 66 | Posted by: Sharon Erickson - Chicago, IL

“UNCLE JOE AUNT SUE SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS. ”
19 of 66 | Posted by: LISA BROWER BENOIT - ESCANABA, MI

“Sue,Joe,and Family, May God bless you all and give you strength. We are praying for you all. Rest in Peace Jenny, Roy , and Josh. ”
20 of 66 | Posted by: Bridgette and James Perrin - MI

“Prayers to the family. We remember how full of life Jenny was and working with Roy at a summer camp. How happy they were to get married and start a...Read More »
21 of 66 | Posted by: Amy and James McClelland

“Prayers to the family. We remember how full of life Jenny was and working with Roy at a summer camp. How happy they were to get married and start a...Read More »
22 of 66 | Posted by: Amy and James McClelland

“Jenny was an awesome person. I would go over to the house and watch the kids for her, help clean the house or anything that she needed me to do. She...Read More »
23 of 66 | Posted by: Traci Damron - Tecumseh, OK

“I loved how she could always make me laugh, and forget about my own troubles for a little while.. she was a wonderful mom and truly loved helping...Read More »
24 of 66 | Posted by: virginia edwards (ginger) - OK

“Jenny, Roy and Josh were such a big part of my family. They were my children-and my grandson ............. My heart is broken. Rest in peace , I love...Read More »
25 of 66 | Posted by: Terry - Oklahoma city, OK

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the entire Erickson family who have been a second family to me since I was very young. Joe and Sue...Read More »
26 of 66 | Posted by: Stephanie LaChance - Gwinn, MI

“Grampa Joe and Sue, No words can express the sorrow I feel for the both of you and for your family. Our family is praying for all of you. I will...Read More »
27 of 66 | Posted by: Norman Sampson - Sault Ste. Marie, MI

“Joe,Sue and family, we are shocked to hear of your great loss,our hearts hurt for all of you. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers ”
28 of 66 | Posted by: Tom and Joy Hillier - Marquette, MI

“Very sad to hear this horrible news. Growing up in Skandia, the Erickson's were always very involved and wonderful to everyone. Jenny, a classmate...Read More »
29 of 66 | Posted by: Tim Connors - Lemoore, CA

“Jenny was such a character and very sweet person, she made our book club even more enjoyable. We had planned to skype our meetings with her. She...Read More »
30 of 66 | Posted by: Jerilyn Hart - Tecumseh, OK

“Didnt know them very well but will be praying for the family. ”
31 of 66 | Posted by: Diane Anderson - Tecumseh, OK

“We will definitely miss her very outgoing personality. ”
32 of 66 | Posted by: Donna Bennett - Tecumseh, OK

“Thoughts and Prayers going out to all of the family and especially little miss brooke!! Jenny you are greatly missed by all but we know that you are...Read More »
33 of 66 | Posted by: Tammy - Macomb, OK

“Joe and Cookie, my condolences for your great loss of three beautiful members of your family. We are all praying for you and your granddaughter. ...Read More »
34 of 66 | Posted by: William Bowerman - Hyattsville, MD

“We were so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of this family. We did not know Jenny's husband or son but knew Jenny from her HS days on Swim Team with...Read More »
35 of 66 | Posted by: Mike & Mary Disch - Gwinn, MI

“We were so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of this family. We did not know Jenny's husband or son but knew Jenny from her HS days on Swim Team with...Read More »
36 of 66 | Posted by: Mike & Mary Disch - Gwinn, MI

“I still remember when I met you guys at VBS. Josh was in my class that year. You will be missed! ”
37 of 66 | Posted by: Jana Grubbs - Tecumseh, OK

“Your warm smile will be missed. God took 3 more angels to watch over Brook. Heaven added more angels to its choir. Thoughts and prayers are with the...Read More »
38 of 66 | Posted by: Shelley Elix - Oklahoma City, OK

“Jenny, I am so blessed that you came into my life. We became instant sisters and best friends. Thank you so much for all the fun times that we had,...Read More »
39 of 66 | Posted by: waldroupe, robin - Shawnee, OK

“Jenny we're going to miss having you in church so much! When i saw you in choir and in church, you always had a big smile on your face, it brightened...Read More »
40 of 66 | Posted by: Robert - Shawnee, OK

“Jenny we're going to miss having you in church so much! When i saw you in choir and in church, you always had a big smile on your face, it brightened...Read More »
41 of 66 | Posted by: Robert - Shawnee, OK

“Jenny loved people & always had a smile for everyone. She treasured her family & friends. I will always remember how her eyes sparkled as she talked...Read More »
42 of 66 | Posted by: Cathy Steward - Shawnee, OK

“Jenny, we miss you greatly. We will all be together one day in those pearlly gates of heaven. ”
43 of 66 | Posted by: Ron Lowry - Shawnee, OK

“We met Jenny through Scouting with Josh, In Cubs she stepped up as a leader and had such a Love for ALL the kids, she knew how Awesome the Scouting...Read More »
44 of 66 | Posted by: Crystal, Keith, Dravin, Bradin, Autumn and Corbin Bowie - OK

“I knew Jenny from His House Christian Fellowship at NMU-she was a warm, sparkling light. I will never forget your smile-it was impossible to be sad...Read More »
45 of 66 | Posted by: Sarah Rustick

“I haven't seen Jenny since high school but I remember her as a great girl who was always willing to listen. She will be missed. ”
46 of 66 | Posted by: Joanne Church - Taylorsville, NC

“rest in peace <3 ”
47 of 66 | Posted by: Matt and Tiffany Tate - Tecumseh, OK

“To Grandpa Joe and Cookie, Christian and I are very sorry for your loss. And even though we cannot physically be there for you guys, we want you...Read More »
48 of 66 | Posted by: Amanda Aust and Christian Bletch - MI

“We are so sorry for your loss! We are praying for all of you. ”
49 of 66 | Posted by: Mary Sampson - Sault Ste Marie, MI

“God bless you Jenny and may you always rest in peace. ”
50 of 66 | Posted by: Cindy Baker - Skandia, MI

“I met Jenny thru my son, Anaya and his wife Jenn, by way of soccer. She was a caring and sensitive person. Always bubbly and outgoing. She had a love...Read More »
51 of 66 | Posted by: Cindy Jenkins - Oklahoma City, OK

“so sorry to hear of this!!, i didn't know that you were living in my town,... wish we could have hooked up and talked.. so sad it ended like this.. ”
52 of 66 | Posted by: Joe Countryman - Merrill, WI

“RIP my sweet angel you will be missed very much. ”
53 of 66 | Posted by: toni halbritter - belgrade, MT

“Joe and Sue I am so sorry for your loss. At this very difficult time, please know that Jenny is with God and that you both will have the memories of...Read More »
54 of 66 | Posted by: Martha Obmann - Gwinn, MI

“Jenny and roy were my neighbors before they left to go back home to their family. They will be greatly missed. God bless little Brooke and her...Read More »
55 of 66 | Posted by: renee kitchell - tecumseh, OK

“We met her and her family through the Jaycee's they were always fun to be around and will be missed ”
56 of 66 | Posted by: Lori & Larry Degenhardt - Wausau, WI

“Gone too soon and in such a tragic way. I wish I'd gotten to know Jenny better. But I remember that Jenny was always smiling and happy. And willing...Read More »
57 of 66 | Posted by: Ed Anderson - Foster City, MI

“We are so very sorry ,Our prayers and love are going out to all of you. Love Myra and Dave ”
58 of 66 | Posted by: Myra - Marshall, MI

“I wish i had the words to express what i'm feeling right now. Jenny was one of the most caring, sweet people i'd ever met. I'll miss her forever... ”
59 of 66 | Posted by: Jaala Scott Buckley - OK

“Love and miss you cuz... ”
60 of 66 | Posted by: David J. Anderson - Little Lake, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with Brook and Jenny's ever growing family and friends. I knew Jenny from school at GHS. We were in chior together and...Read More »
61 of 66 | Posted by: Melissa DeGroot (Jones) - Norway, MI

“My heart is so full of sorrow for your loss. May God grant you, Joe, Suzanne, Joe and Jerry, peace and strength during this tragic time. ”
62 of 66 | Posted by: Barb Wiesmann - Carlshend, MI

“Jenny you'll be truly missed. Give My bro a hug for me when you see him. God bless! ”
63 of 66 | Posted by: Jane? Rozich (Wenstrand) - Gwinn, MI

“Jenny and I went to school and were on swim team together at Gwinn. We reconnected later on Facebook. Last year she helped my son with a flat Stanley...Read More »
64 of 66 | Posted by: Sherry (Wienk) McMasters - SD

“We have the best memories of Jenny being a little girl coming to church and Sunday School, and her enthusiasm and desire to be part of everything...Read More »
65 of 66 | Posted by: Karen and Walt Maki - Carlshend, MI

“Jenny was a wonderful part of our Tecumseh Talk of the Town Book Club. Her great sense of humor and mischievous twinkling eyes lit up the room. Jenny...Read More »
66 of 66 | Posted by: Beth Lyle - Tecumseh, OK


Jenny Kato, 35, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident. She was born August 2, 1977 in Escanaba, MI to Joseph and Susanne (West) Erickson. On May 9, 1998 she and Roy Kato were united in marriage in Eben Junction, MI. Jenny was a 1995 graduate of Gwinn High School in Gwinn, MI. She attended college at Northern Michigan University for 2 years. After school, she married Roy. Jenny drove school bus in Wausau and in Oklahoma. She and her family had just returned to the Merrill/Wausau area. Jenny was active in church and Boy Scouts. She was a soccer mom and enjoyed doing community service work. Jenny was very active in JayCee's and sang in the choir of her church. Jenny always had a smile on her face and never met a stranger. Her biggest joy in life was her family. Survivors include her daughter: Brooke Kato, Merrill; parents: Joe & Sue Erickson, Skandia, MI; two brothers: Joe (Jody) Erickson Jr, Waynesville, OH and Jerry (Annette) Erickson, DeRidder, LA; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, son, Joshua, and her maternal and paternal grandparents. Services will be held 7 PM Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Freddy McMillen will officiate. Friends may call from 4-7 PM at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park in the spring. A Memorial Service will be held in Skandia, MI at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to establish a trust account for her daughter, Brooke. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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