Elfriede Katharina Erickson, “Omi,” 79, of Lake Placid, Florida and West Boylston, Massachusetts, went home to be with her Lord Monday morning, Feb. 26, 2018 at the Good Shepard Hospice House in Sebring, Florida. Elfriede was the daughter of Maria (Vighl) and Sebastian Scherer.
She is survived by her three remaining sisters, Bobby Sattler, Finni Scherer, of Munich Germany, and Angelika Stastny of Sacramento, California. Also, surviving are her loving husband of 48 years, Wayne; devoted daughters, Anita Kingham, Virginia Greer, Rebecca Franks of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Sandra Erickson-Prendiville of West Boylston, Massachusetts; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her mother, father and her sister Marianne Schenck all of Munich, Germany.
Born in Munich, Germany on June 21, 1938, she spent her childhood in war ravaged Germany and survived with two polio paralyzed sisters in bombed out cellars. The occupied Americans gave her Hershey chocolate bars. She had a core of sincere happiness, hope, inner courage and the strength to push ahead. She never quit. She finally came to America in 1957 and became a proud citizen living in Texas and Massachusetts. She loved picking her blueberries, eating dark German chocolate, and waking up at sunrise to enjoy a cup of coffee. Wayne and Elfriede enjoyed being snowbirds starting in Marathon, Florida and ending in Lake Placid, Florida.
A service to celebrate Elfriede’s life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Scott Funeral Home, 504 W. Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid, with Rev. Ray Cameron officiating. Further services and inurnment will take place this summer in West Boylston, Massachusetts at the Mount Vernon Cemetery.
Words of comfort to the family can be made by visiting scottfuneralservices.com. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Elfriede Erickson. Arrangements are entrusted with the Scott Funeral Home, Lake Placid, 863-465-4134.