Erma Jane Van Blaricom, age 94 of Amery, Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Golden Age Manor in Amery.
She was born on February 22, 1919 in Holcombe, Wisconsin to Louis Ora and Jesse Mabel (Frazer) Hillman. At a very early age the family moved to a farm in Connorsville, Wisconsin. She attended school at Hilson Grade School and graduated from Boyceville High School. In 1941 Erma married Maynard Van Blaricom. They made their home in Connorsville and were blessed with four children. In 1958 the family moved to Boyceville. Erma worked many years at Millers Store in Connorsville for her good friends, Herb and Edna Miller, while living in the Connorsville/Boyceville areas. In 1966 Maynard passed away and Erma continued to live in Boyceville until the early 70’s when she moved to Amery. On November 25, 1983 she married Verlyn Van Blaricom. They made their home in Prairie Farm and later moved back to Amery. In 1991 Verlyn passed away. Erma loved to travel and was an avid seamstress. She was always up for an adventure and loved motorcycles. Her grandchildren were impressed that Grandma Van got her first speeding ticket at the age of 85. She was a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the Polk County Homemakers and Reeve Evangelical Free Church.
Erma was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Maynard Van Blaricom and Verlyn Van Blaricom; brothers, Ross and Russell Hillman and sisters, Edna Wohlrabe and Lorraine Bonte. She is survived by her sons, Richard (Bonnie) Van Blaricom, Glenn (Peggy) Van Blaricom, Randal (Paula) Van Blaricom; daughter, Janell (Jeff) Evan; stepson, Gilbert (Donna) Van Blaricom; 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and other loving relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Reeve Evangelical Free Church. A visitation was held the hour prior to the service at the church. Interment at the Mound Cemetery in Downing. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute visit www.williamsonwhite.com. Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery.