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Back Row: Ralph, Marilyn, Merril, Jean, Allan, Fay. Front Row: Judy, Arthur, Wendy, Mary, Danny.
Fay Viola born October 10, 1931, on her parents' farm with Grandma Merrell as midwife. She was a member of the Erickson Girl Guides. After completing Grade eleven, she received a Teacher's Permit and taught school near Langruth, Manitoba, for a year. In 1948, Fay moved to Montreal where she received a Business and a Modelling Course, then to Toronto and returned to Montreal. She spent a year in St. Vincent, West Indies. In 1980, she returned to Erickson and at present is a clerk at the Municipal Office. Fay is serving on the executive of the Ladies' Curling Club, Recreation Centre and Com mission, Erickson Lutheran Church Women's Group, Ladies' Chorus and Centennial Committee. Fay resides on the family farm with her mother and enjoys curling, golfing and gardening.
Jean Patricia born August 1, 1933, on the farm in the Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam. She was a member of the Erickson Girl Guides and 4-H club. Jean graduated out of grade eleven in 1949, and taught at Split Lake Indian Reserve, Manitoba, and Sioux Lookout, Ontario, for several years on a Teacher's Permit. She moved to Toronto, Ontario, stayed with her sister Fay, acquired a Permanent Teaching Certificate and continued her teaching career. On December 31, 1960, Jean married Norman Fernandez. They moved to Montreal and later returned to Toronto where Jean continued teaching, finishing the term in June, 1981, and on September of the same year lost her battle against cancer.
Jean and Norman had two children; Ronald Peter and Bonnie Jean who now reside at Calgary, Alberta, with their Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Herb Giesbrecht. They are attending school there. A J.P. Fernandez School Life Award has been set up in the school where Jean taught in her memory.
Allan Floyd born April 12, 1935, at Mrs. Val Biczo's Nursing Home, attended school at Erickson, graduating from grade eleven. Allan was always active in sports and later played for the Erickson Eagles' Hockey Team and the Baseball team. In June, 1952, he was involved in a
tractor accident but had recuperated very well and was able to start working at the Royal Bank, Erickson, by that fall and was later transferred to Russell, Manitoba. Allan met and married Doreen Coey of Russell on Oc tober 5, 1957. They now reside in Winnipeg where Allan is the Manager at the Edmonton St. Branch. He is an avid golfer and curler, winning prizes in the Winnipeg Bonspiel. Allan and Doreen have six children; Jo-Ann married Pat Laidlaw of Winnipeg, Jane, Dean, Bradley, Guy and Jason. The younger children are attending school and the older are in University.
Marilyn Phedora born November 2, 1936, at Mrs.
Biczo's Nursing Home, graduated from Erickson High School in 1954. She attended Teachers' College in Winnipeg, then taught at Holmfield and Charleswood. On December 26, 1958, Marilyn married Herb Giesbrecht of Holmfield. Marilyn and Herb have resided at several places, working and continuing their education. Marilyn received her Master Degree in Speech Pathology at Carbondale, Illinois. They moved to Hamilton, Ontario, then to Guelph, Ontario, where Herb received his Doctorate of Environmental Planning at Waterloo University. They now reside at Calgary, Alberta, where Marilyn works for the school board in the Speech Department. Herb is teaching at Southern Alberta In stitute of Technology. They are active members of the Hope Lutheran Church where Marilyn heads the Youth Choir.
Ralph Oswald born July 21, 1938, at Mrs. Biczo's Nursing Home, attended Elementary and High School at Erickson from 1944-52. He worked on his parents' farm and as a construction worker on No. 10 Highway. On July 22, 1959, Ralph married Yvonne Copps, a High School teacher in Erickson at that time. They moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where Ralph was a Meat Cutter at Safeway and Yvonne continued teaching. Later, they moved to Calgary, Alberta, where the family now reside and are members of St. Luke's Catholic Church. Ralph and Yvonne have six children; Ann Marie married John Webb, their children are Meridith and Trevor. Sharon married Steve Dudor in July, 1982. She is attending University. Carmen, Michelle and Ingrid are attending High School. Gerald is a Manager of a Coal Company and Water Treatment Plant.
Judith Marie "Judy" born February 21,1942, at Mrs.
Biczo's Nursing Home. She attended school at Erickson from 1948-1960, then to the Lutheran Bible School, Outlook, Saskatchewan, graduating in 1962. Judy was a member of the Erickson 4-H club, received the Rose Bowl for Public Speaking and also a 4-H club Gold Watch winner. She was also a member of the local figure skating club and later taught skating. On August 11, 1962, Judy married Neville Saunders of Windsor, On tario, a member of the R.C.M.P. stationed at Clear Lake. Judy and Neville have lived in Brandon, Regina, The Pas and twice at Whitehorse, Yukon where they presently reside. Judy helped to initiate the Yukon Winter Games and the Northern Winter Games and at present works for the Metric Commission of the Federal Government. Neville is a pilot for the R.C.M.P. Their three sons are; Christopher and twins, Daniel and Graham.