Rita Erickson, 87, of Briarcliff Manor, NY, and formerly of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at her residence.
Rita was born June 4, 1926 in Chicago, the daughter of Ray Jerome and Mae Conley Jerome and they preceded her in death. Rita is survived by her husband of 62 years, Burton Erickson, daughter, Lynn (Brendan) Malley of Cortlandt Manor, NY, son, Burt Erickson of Bronxville, NY, and her two grandchildren, Luke and Caitlin Malley.
Rita was one of the first woman lifeguards in 1943 at North Avenue beach on Lake Michigan. She earned her Bachelors degree at Depaul University, a Masters at Columbia University in NY and taught elementary school in the Elmwood Park (IL) and Greenburgh (NY) school district for 46 years.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Darrow Church of Christ near Sheldon. Dr. Chauncey Lattimer Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Phelps Memorial Hospice, One Phelps Lane, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591.