Susan Erickson

Susan Erickson

EVERGREEN PARK – Susan E. Erickson, 57, of Evergreen Park passed away on Jan. 27, 2017, at the home of her sister, Carol Erickson, in Mount Prospect.

Susan was born on July 13, 1959, in Elgin, daughter of the Rev. Paul Erickson and Josephine Erickson. They preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sisters, Mary Jo Erickson of Champaign and Carol Erickson (Bob Shafis) of Mount Prospect; and two brothers, Peter Erickson (Ann) of Champaign and Phillip Erickson (Denise Dable) of Milwaukee, Wis.

Also surviving are a niece, Aurora Erickson of Lowell, Mass., and five nephews, Ben Erickson of Urbana, Will Erickson of Champaign, Wes Erickson of Minneapolis, Minn., and Andrew and Michael Shafis of Mount Prospect.

Susan spent her early years in Decatur and then moved with her family to Wheaton, where she graduated from Wheaton-Warrensburg High School in 1977.

Susan was a Certified Nurse Midwife who received her BSN in 1982 from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center in Chicago, and her MSN from Case Western Reserve University in 1989.

She worked as a Nurse Midwife at the North Avenue Women's Center in Battle Creek, Mich., before becoming the first Nurse Midwife at Carle Clinic Association in Urbana in 1990. She worked at Carle and in Pennsylvania before finally joining Southwest Obstetrics and Gynecology in Oak Lawn, as an Advanced Practice Midwife.

Susan's career as a Nurse Midwife grew out of her desire to provide comprehensive, personalized care for women during pregnancy and the birthing experience. She approached her work with energy, openness, and a willingness to engage on a personal level with her patients.

Susan was a person who connected with family and friends with caring, directness and humor. She was a devoted, enthusiastic aunt to her niece and nephews, taking joy in their activities and growth. She enjoyed her pets, music, Contra Dancing, and being a fan of Chicago sports teams, taking great delight in the Cubs' recent championship.

Susan lived with Stage 4 breast cancer for the last five years of her life, and her optimism, courage and fierce independence during this time were an inspiration to all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1901 S. Oakley Ave., Chicago. The Rev. Troy C. Hedrick will officiate. A reception to greet the family will be held after the service at the church.

Memorial gifts in Susan's name may be given to Planned Parenthood Association or to the Humane Society.