Erwin L. "Grandpa Erv" Skalstad

Erwin L. "Grandpa Erv" Skalstad of Rubicon passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was 83 years old.

He was born on the family farm in Rubicon on Oct. 10, 1923 to Harold and Adelia (nee Christopherson) Skalstad. On Aug. 24, 1946, Erwin was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Redlin at Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford.

Erwin farmed in his early years of marriage along with working at Libby’s. Later he worked at Chrysler until his retirement. One of his greatest joys was working in his woodworking shop which was set up in his old milk house. He made many beautiful projects which all family members received as gifts. He also enjoyed doing yard work, fishing, snowmobiling, and gardening.

He will be deeply missed by his loving children, Leroy of Milwaukee, Dennis of Rubicon, Darlene (Keith) Vredeveld of Hartford, Donald of Oshkosh, and Steve of Hartford. Also missing him are his cherished grandchildren, Amy (Scott) Zwieg of West Bend, Krista (Tom) Frey of Sand Lake, Mich., Laura (Dan) Ermann of Hartford, David Skalstad of Germantown, Jon Skalstad of Hartford, Jenny (Joel) Patzer of Horicon and Carli Schumacher of Minneapolis. "Grandpa Erv" will also be dearly missed by his great-grandchildren, Erika, Lane and Luke Frey, Kaylie Ermann, Tyler Zwieg and Quinten and Sage Patzer. He will also be missed by other special relatives and friends.

Erwin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly; his sisters, Hazel and Eleanor; and his daughter-in-law, Susie Skalstad.

A funeral service in honor of Erwin was Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007 at Shimon Funeral Home, Hartford, with Rev. David Wietzke officiating. Family greeted relatives and friends on Saturday at the funeral home prior to the service. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

Memorials to Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford appreciated.

The Skalstad family would like to extend a very sincere thank you to Dr. Florescu and also the Aurora Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice for their compassion and loving care of Erwin.

Shimon Funeral Home assisted the family.