Kathleen A. Erickson

Kathleen Ann (Briggs) Erickson

May 17, 1944 – September 16, 2020


Kathy Erickson (Hiykel) beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who met her passed away peacefully with her family at her side after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for several years. She was 76 years old.

Kathy is survived by her husband Roger Erickson; her children Debbie Quaas (Tom and their children Michael and Katherine Quaas)of Nebraska; Steven Troy of Nebraska (his daughter Kristi Lynn Fitzpatrick of Arizona (great-grandchildren Quinnlinn and Abbigail); Mary Ann Carpenter (Bob and their children Andrea (great-grandchildren Vanessa and Izabella) Carpenter, Amanda Briggs-Browning of Indiana ( great-grandchild Sophia Ann), and Allen Carpenter(great-grandchildren Robert and Samantha); Christina Briggs-Lew (grandson Brandon Alexander Lew) of California; Michelle Ceballos OF Nebraska (Joel Ceballos and their children Zachary Briggs, Joel Ceballos Jr., and Jonathon) Stepdaughters: Renata Laitner and Regina Riva (step-grandchildren Eric & Karina). Siblings; Loretta Suverkrubbe of Nebraska, Fay Hiykel (Margee) of Nebraska, Ginny Horrell (Stan) of Nebraska, Patty Svenningson (Arnie) of Nebraska, Emil Hiykel of Iowa, Marie Hiykel of Nebraska; Ardelle Hiykel of Nebraska, Ray Crisman of Nebraska; sister-in-law, Sandy Hiykel, along with numerous nieces and nephews across the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fay Hiykel Sr. and Marie (Rotolo); Her infant son, Ricky Joe. Her beloved husband, Steven C. Briggs. Her Heavenly fur babies Thor, Pippi, Shadow, and Reagan. Sisters: Alice Kline, Pauline Wilson, Brothers, Joseph Hiykel and Ray Hiykel.

For the majority of Kathy’s work life, she was a valued member of the Methodist PBX team. She and her late husband, Steve, together, opened and operated Husker Corner (one of the first Nebraska merchandise stores in Omaha, the red building located at the corner of 36th and Leavenworth).

Travel, family, and her dogs were what made her happy, and you could always find her talking about any of those things.

We would like to send a special thank you to the wonderful staff of St. Croix Hospice for making the final stages of Kathy’s life as comfortable as possible, and the gentle care given while at Becky’s House.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, September 18th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  SERVICES: Saturday, September 19th, 10:30am, West Center Chapel.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil, Service and Graveside Service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the homepage.




  • Darla Lindner Posted September 17, 2020 7:39 pm

    We are blessed to have Aunt Kathy watching over all of us. Love you Aunt Kathy.

  • Teri Klavins Posted September 17, 2020 7:53 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I hope you can soon find peace in hers. I only met her a few times, but she was always so nice and I’ve always heard wonderful things about her and the way she loved her entire family.

  • Jen Welch Posted September 17, 2020 8:16 pm

    My deepest codolences to the family

  • Karen Small Posted September 18, 2020 9:02 am

    I am so sorry for your. I pray for peace and comfort for all of you!

  • Patty Collins Posted September 18, 2020 12:18 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers

  • Annette Baca Posted September 18, 2020 1:39 pm

    Thinking of all our family and wishing peace and comfort. Aunt Kathy will surely be missed as you can tell how much she is loved.

  • Susan L Dominguez Posted September 18, 2020 1:51 pm

    Prayers for God’s peace, love and healing.
    Love ya,
    Susan D, Neb City

  • Jennifer Suverkrubbe Posted September 18, 2020 2:31 pm

    Dearest Aunt Kathy : You will be missed . May you Rest In Peace . Love to you and the entire family .

  • Margaret Ream Posted September 18, 2020 3:55 pm

    Debbie and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

  • Joseph Jr. and Anna Hiykel and Family Posted September 18, 2020 5:46 pm

    We will miss you dearly Aunt Kathy. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family forever.

  • Suverkrubbe Family Posted September 19, 2020 7:25 am

    Our deepest condolences to you all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers . Love Joel and Family

  • Joel & Jen Suverkrubbe Posted September 19, 2020 7:27 am

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all .

  • Janis King Posted September 20, 2020 5:24 pm

    So sorry girl. Love ya all. Forever

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