Trudy Lee Leemkuil Erickson, age 64, died suddenly and unexpectedly at her Monona home, Wednesday, November 14. She was born in Burlington, WI, on December 9, 1947 the daughter of the late Wilbur and Margaret Hamilton Leemkuil.

Trudy graduated from Burlington High School in 1966. She graduated from UW-Madison with honors (after almost failing her freshman year-- one of her favorite stories). After graduation, Trudy taught science at Forest Park Middle School in Franklin. Throughout the years, she volunteered for many organizations, delivering food and companionship for Meals on Wheels, tutoring and mentoring through Love, Inc., visiting often with the elderly and infirm, and one of her favorites--sharing artwork with children as the "Picture Lady."

Trudy devoted her life to raising her children and to loving others. Caring, devoted, and inspiring, Trudy placed great emphasis on her family and her faith, and was a true, loyal friend. Trudy and Lief Erickson, Jr., were married for over forty years. She is also survived by her sons Christopher (Janae), Bradley (Patty), Lief III (Emily); daughter Elizabeth and friend Camille; four grandchildren, Berkley, Geneva, Finley, and Eleanor; her sister and best friend Kay (Mark) Dudley; her brother Dirk (Helen) Leemkuil; and numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

On behalf of the family, we want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Please join us in celebration of her life on Monday, November 19th, 2012. Visitation is at 1:00 pm, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 pm.

Blackhawk Church
9620 Brader Way
Middleton, WI 53562

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Rogers' Memorial Hospital Foundation to support mental health services and awareness, a cause dear to Trudy's heart.