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Carolyn J. Erickson

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Carolyn J. Erickson, 55, of Ironwood, passed away Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, in Ironwood with her family at her side.

The former Carolyn Luoma was born June 1, 1961, in Ashland, Wisconsin, to Donald and Nancy (Wennersten) Luoma. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School with the class of 1984.

Carolyn worked at Copps and later attended Gogebic Community College where she received her associate degree in 2010 for cosmetology. She then worked at Smart Style where she loved working with each of her clients.

Carolyn loved her family, anything to do with the outdoors, her pets, and making jewelry. She truly enjoyed going for walks and enjoying the fresh air. Every gift from her usually came with a piece of jewelry that she made herself using her mom and sister's beads that she inherited.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Erickson, of Ironwood; two daughters, Samantha Ratkowski of Saxon, Wisconsin, and Rebecca (Scott) Subert of Oma, Wisconsin; brother, Gary Luoma of Ironwood; and one stepdaughter, Emily Erickson, of Ironwood.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald, on July 24, 2014, and Nancy, on Nov. 9, 2007; two brothers, Glen, on Jan. 12, 1991, and Greg, on Aug. 19, 2019; a sister, Nanette Dahlin, on March 26, 2011; and a daughter, Alyssa Ratkowski on Aug. 25, 1993.

A celebration of life will be held at the Saxon Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, from noon to 4 p.m.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona assisted the family. Online condolences may be shared at