Theresa Erschens, age 86, of Brookings, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at the United Living Community in Brookings. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:30 p.m.. Friday, May 29, 2020, at St. Thomas More Parish. The public is welcome to attend. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. with a Holy Rosary at 2 p.m. all at the church. Burial will follow Mass in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Elkton, SD.
Eidsness Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.
Theresa Mary Erschens was born July 11, 1933, to John and Clara (Schuller) Erschens in rural Lincoln County, Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school. Theresa was a graduate of Lake Benton High School. Theresa and her family were members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Parish in Elkton, where she was baptized and confirmed.
Theresa worked her entire career as an administrative assistant. She first worked for the Lake Benton public schools and then for Madison, SD, public schools. Theresa then went to work for higher education, both at Dakota State University and at South Dakota State University. Later in life she worked for the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association in Lansing Michigan for 12 years. While working in Michigan, she attended courses at Lansing Michigan Community College. After this she then returned to work for South Dakota State University. Theresa was certified as a Professional Secretary in 1986.
Theresa had a servant’s heart, and was a very active volunteer. She was a hospice volunteer caregiver for 15 years, a member of the Brookings County Emergency Services Council, and a member of St. Thomas More Guild. She was also a faithful member of St. Thomas More Parish. Theresa spent countless hours visiting shut-ins, bringing them comfort with her presence. She enjoyed reading, knitting, and watching sporting events.
Survivors include her nephew, Joe (Angie) Erschens of Virginia, Joe’s sons Michael and Zachary, and many special friends, particularly Tammy Byers, who saw Theresa through many challenges and doctors’ appointments, and was an immense help and relief to Joe and Angie when they were far away.
Theresa was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister; and brother and sister-in-law, Francis and Betty Erschens.