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Jane M. (Garofalo) Erickson

January 10, 1950 - November 08, 2021


Obituary For Jane M. (Garofalo) Erickson

Peabody, MA - Jane Marie (Garofalo) Erickson, 71, passed away peacefully on November 8th surrounded by love after a brief illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Richard; her beloved daughter Janie; loving sister Karen Garofalo of Everett, MA; Beverly Worthen and her husband Paul of Chelmsford, MA; Patricia Higgins and her husband James of Cumberland Center, ME; and her brother Frederick Garofalo and his wife Darlene and many cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by her late parents, Frederick D. and Doris (Troy) Garofalo. Jane was a graduate of Everett High School and North Shore Community College graduating with honors with an Associate’s Degree as a Paraprofessional. She held various positions throughout her life. She volunteered as a preschool teacher's aide at St. Ann’s Church in Peabody for many years. She worked as a kindergarten aide at South School in Peabody as well, where she retired. She also worked in other kindergarten’s in Lynn and Marblehead. Other positions she has held throughout her life were at Sears, Brooksby Farm, Cafeteria Aide at Higgins Middle School and Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. She especially loved working with and for children as this was her passion. Jane was full of life and had many hobbies and interests she was involved in. She was Co-President of the Peabody Garden Club, Co-President of the Wakefield Arts and Crafts Society and a member of the Reading Society of Craftsmen. She loved everything “crafts”. Some of her favorite crafts were card making, painting and Japanese Bunker, etc. She was a parishioner at St. Ann’s Parish in Peabody for over 40 years and loved volunteering at the children’s table at their annual Bazaar. She was an avid reader and loved to travel and enjoyed cruising the most. A couple of her favorite places were San Francisco and Disney’s Island, Castaway Cay in The Bahamas. Everyone that Jane met always commented how sweet, generous, caring, and loving she was. Her memory will be cherished always and she will be dearly missed. Arrangements: Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend her funeral services. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, November 16th from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody. Her funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 17th at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church, 140 Lynn St., Peabody. Her burial will be held on Friday, November 19th at 10:00 AM at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, 185 Lake St., Peabody. Donations may be made in Jane's memory to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, 300 First Ave, Charlestown, MA 02129.

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  • 11/16/2021

    My heart is broken. We are saddened by the news of Jane's passing. It was great to chat with Jane and Rick after the four o'clock Mass. A couple of us here are under the weather, and will not be able to attend services. You are in our prayers. May she rest in eternal peace. John Linton, Adrienne Linton, and the children.

  • 11/16/2021

    I had the honor and pleasure of both working with Jane in the Peabody Public Schools, and knowing her as a faithful parishioner of St. Ann's. In the Peabody Schools, Jane worked primarily with the kindergarten children and teachers. She always was there to help in the continuing development of each and every child. She would give her full effort to assist a young child as they learned to read, or do math, or simply develop their social skills. Jane was certainly a most valuable person to the kindergarten program with her warm caring attitude and ability to work with young children. Outside of school, I would see Jane and Rick at St. Ann's in Peabody. Jane's faith was deep and very sincere. We would often exchange a hello along with a short conversation. As a person, Jane was a warm, caring, and very personable individual. She always would give a smile along with a compliment about a good deed that someone had done. Jane... you positively touched the lives of so many persons, especially young children, that you and your family should be proud of all the good you did. May you rest in peace!

  • 11/15/2021

    Rickie and Janie, your mother was such a wonderful soul and caretaker for my children across the street. We have so many wonderful memories of Jane, she will be missed, and I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. We LOVED "mommy Jane". Nancy, Bob, Emily, Joey, and mostly he favorite 🙂 Bobby Milewska xoxoxo

  • 11/13/2021

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Jane. I have so many wonderful memories of Jane, Karen and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Marilyn (Smith) Landry

  • 11/13/2021

    My deepest condolences to Jane , her dad, and the family! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! Sherry Ranjbar

  • 11/12/2021

    My sincere condolences for family (Jane & Dad) and friends. I believe good memories can never be forgotten though and can serve us well forever as we move forward each day. Lars

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