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Carla S. Erickson, 50, of Indianapolis, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 surrounded by the love of her family after a strong and courageous nine-year battle with breast cancer.
Born in Mishawaka on June 17, 1967, Carla was the daughter of Santino "Sandy" and Joyce (Oshinski) Catalino. Both of her parents survive and reside in Greenwood.
On Oct. 8, 1994, she was united in marriage to her loving husband, Jay Erickson, who also survives.
Carla was a graduate of Penn High School in Mishawaka. After high school, she attended Indiana University South Bend where she graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She worked as a hygienist at Comdent Dental for 16 years. Carla was a faithful member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Indianapolis, where she served on the Youth Commission Core Team, was active in Mothers of Ministry Sharing (MOMS) and Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) and served as a Eucharistic Minister. Carla was also an avid fan and supporter of CYO sports, especially when she could root for her three boys. Carla especially enjoyed the countless summers spent on the water with friends and family at Lake Maxinkuckee.
Other survivors include her three boys, Jack, Samuel and Lucas Erickson all of Indianapolis; two brothers, John Catalino of Marcellus, Michigan, and Steve (Kelly) Catalino of Goshen; two sisters, Dawn (Jeff) Tobey of Osceola and Marie McQuade of Mishawaka; sister-in-law, Dawn Catalino of Elkhart; her Godfather, Tim Oshinski of South Bend; many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, countless friends and her church family at St. Jude Catholic Church.
Carla is preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Wally McQuade and her Godmother, Catherine Salerno.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Carla S. Erickson from 4-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at St. Jude Catholic Church. Additional calling will be from 10-11:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, also at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Carla Erickson Family Trust Fund, St. Jude Catholic Church, or St. Jude Catholic School. Envelopes will be made available during visitation hours at the church.
Care and arrangements are entrusted to the Daniel F. O'Riley Funeral Home, 6107 S. East St., Indianapolis. Visit www.OrileyFuneralHome.com where you may express condolences with Carla's Family.
Published on November 3, 2017
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