PLATTE CENTER — Erica Nicole (Johnson) Kerkman, 40, of Platte Center, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Columbus.

Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 39452 205th Ave., Columbus, with Pastor Brad Birtell officiating. To honor Erica’s wishes, cremation was chosen.

Palmer-Santin Funeral Home in Fullerton is serving the family.

Erica was born Dec. 5, 1977, to John and Donna (Bremer) Johnson in Fullerton. She graduated from Albion High School in Albion in 1995. She attended Doane College in Crete and was later employed for the State of Nebraska in Lincoln. She married Marty Kerkman on Sept. 26, 2000, and they made their home in Platte Center. To this union, two sons were born, Aidan and Eli. She was employed at Columbus Medical Center in Columbus for 16 years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, her dogs, and being outdoors.

She is survived by her fiancé, Brett Johnson of Arlington; sons, Aidan and Eli; father, John (Diane) Johnson of Albion; brothers, Craig Johnson of Albion and Tom Johnson of Monroe; nephews, Derrek and Brandon Johnson of Albion; and nieces, Sydney and Jennifer Johnson of Columbus. She leaves to mourn close friends, Mary Ann and Jim Donahue.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Donna Johnson; and grandparents, Elmer and Josephine Bremer and Ralph C. and Opal Johnson.

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