Born in New York, New York on October 24th, 1952

Departed on August 14th, 2020 and resided in Lakewood, Colorado

    Erica J Hanson
    On Friday, August 14, 2020, Erica J Hanson, loving wife of Carl Saueressig passed away in
    Lakewood, Colorado at the age of 67.

    Erica was born on October 24,1952 to Glen and Delores (Merchant) Hanson in New York
    City. She moved to Urbana, Illinois at an early age, attended Yankee Ridge Elementary, and
    graduated from Urbana High School in 1976. Erica graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
    English with a minor in Journalism from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Erica
    worked as a Technical Writer for the State of Wisconsin and later for the Wisconsin Department
    of Transportation. She met Carl while working at the Energy Bureau and the two were married
    on September 26, 1992 in Madison.

    In 1998 Erica and Carl moved to Elmwood, Wisconsin. There, Erica decided to pursue her true
    passion of Journalism. She wrote articles for the Dunn County News, McCall’s Magazine along
    with many other publications. She authored a history book of the 1920’s and was always
    interested in writing mystery novels. In 2007 she earned her Master’s degree in Career and
    Technical Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Erica was also an Adjunct
    Communications Skills Instructor with Chippewa Valley Technical College and worked as an
    independent consultant throughout her career.

    Erica’s great joy in life was traveling with Carl and spending time reading and writing along with
    a nice glass of wine.

    Erica is preceded in death by her father Glen and her mother Delores (Merchant) Hanson. She
    is survived by her husband Carl Saueressig.

    A celebration of life will be determined at a later date.

    A donation in Erica’s name can be made, by check to :

    Mystery Writers of America

    1140 Broadway Rm 1507

    New York NY 10001

    212-888-8171 – phone




    Guestbook Entries

    Susan Brown

    I so enjoyed the visits with you and Erica when I was able to be in Colorado and the many years of friendship we shared. Carl, my heart is with you and I am so sorry for your loss.

    August 24th, 2020 at 8:40am
    Erica Burrin

    Carl, I don’t need to tell you what a lovely woman Erica was. My deepest condolences to you.

    August 24th, 2020 at 9:26am
    Floris Weston

    Dear Erica,

    I worked with Carl, never met you, but love the photos of you and Carl together. You look truly happy. I am an avid reader and will do what I can to get copies of your writings.

    August 24th, 2020 at 9:28am

    Carl, So sorry for your loss! I regret that I never actually got to meet Erica, I heard lots of good stories though. May God bless you and carry you through this time! Love and prayers!

    August 28th, 2020 at 3:50pm
    Debbie Schreiner

    Carl, I am so sorry about Erica passing away. I hope you will take comfort in knowing that she left an impact on so many people and will be missed terribly. Erica was really a sweet soul and always had wonderful things to say about you. I’m personally going to miss her huge hugs (for such a tiny gal) and her smile. God bless you in your time of healing.

    August 28th, 2020 at 4:57pm
    Cindy Martin

      I go back to our days at Yankee Ridge through to our high school years of Orchesis dance club. Erica was a sweetheart, with an infectious laugh. She was artistic and bright and had great taste in her political views. She will be greatly missed. 

    August 28th, 2020 at 6:56pm
    Karen Brees

    Carl, my deepest condolences to you. Erica and I endured several writers’conferences together. She was a hoot! She was a talented lady and I enjoyed our correspondence over the years. God bless you.

    August 28th, 2020 at 9:02pm
    Sten Johansen

    Although Erica and I knew each other as early as Urbana Junior High School, we didn’t become close until we worked together in college at the Univ. of Illinois Music Library. Then our social circles overlapped and we took some classes together, and became forever bonded together in spirit. She remains one of the most important women in my entire time here on this planet for many reasons…..too many to list. Carl, you helped her to be the best Erica that she could be!

    August 29th, 2020 at 1:22am
    Patrick Pesek-Herriges

    So very sad to hear of your loss. My memories of Erica are mainly from the 4th of July picnics at Barbara & Dale Lyon’s home. She was such a congenial, energetic person. I can only imagine how this changes your life. My wife, Jan, joins me in sympathy.
    – Patrick

    August 29th, 2020 at 8:05am
    Pat Eggert

    Carl – Always enjoyed running into you and Erica when you two were in the Menomonie area and missed seeing you when you moved to Colorado. I am so sorry you have lost her –

    August 29th, 2020 at 8:08pm
    Betty Kepley

    Carl, I am so sad to hear of your loss. Most recently Erica and I would walk around the Square when we both worked downtown Madison, but my fondest memories are of my childhood friend and neighbor in Urbana. Some of the happiest times of my life were spent in the company of an always cheerful Erica.

    August 30th, 2020 at 3:12pm
    Lynne A Willer

    Carl and Family,
    Such a beautiful tribute and pictures of your beloved Erica. My heartfelt condolences during this very sad time. I know how surreal and difficult this time is for you. The Devney family has you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless the wonderful memories you have of Erica.
    Take care, Carl.
    Lynne Devney-Willer

    September 1st, 2020 at 8:46am
    Peggi Perrone

    Dear Carl,
    family and fellow friends,

    To know Erica was to love and admire Erica. Always kind, positive, funny, creative, passionate, stylish, literary, interesting and interested! Devoted to her parents and to Carl. Loved her pup, Sharpee. Favorite things in life were curling up with a book and a glass of wine! She disliked talking on the phone. Loved to travel to new places and to visit friends. She made her mark and will be missed by all who knew her.

    September 3rd, 2020 at 6:21pm
    Victoria and Steven Wittig

    So sorry to hear of your loss, our condolences to you and your family and friends. Erica was always kind and interesting to talk to. May all of your memories carry you threw this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayer are with you.
    Steve and Vicky Wittig

    September 11th, 2020 at 1:45pm

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