Erin Amanda Wolding, 25, Nicolay Shores, Scandinavia, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2011, at St. Michael’s Hospital, Stevens Point, following a short illness. Erin was born on April 26, 1986, weighing 1 pound, 8 ounces. She faced many physical and health-related challenges as a result of complications following her extremely preterm birth. Despite her disabilities, Erin possessed a sweet disposition, with an enormous smile and infectious laugh. She was a great teacher to many who came to know and care for her throughout her life. Erin loved music, books, songbirds, and outdoor walks. She was loved and will be missed. Erin is survived by her mother, Teresa Albrecht; father, Marc (Debra) Wolding; twin sister, Jessica Wolding; newborn nephew, Gavin Wolding, all of Amherst; and, paternal grandparents, Marge and Duane Wolding, Scandinavia, with whom Erin has resided for the past 6 years of her life. In addition, Erin is survived by her maternal grandfather, Joseph Albrecht, Athens; paternal great-grandfather, Herbert Wolding, Nelsonville; step-siblings, Jordan, Spencer and Paige Selbo; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Rosella Albrecht; paternal great-grandmother Evelyn Wolding; and paternal great-grandparents, Anthony and Stella Loftis. Over the years, many people came into Erin’s life to provide care and support. Erin’s family would like to thank all those who contributed to her life in some way, especially her home nurses, respite care providers, teachers and therapists. A special thank you also to the exceptional staff at St. Michael’s hospital who cared for Erin during this past week.
A celebration of Erin’s life was held on Wednesday July 13, 2011 at 11am at the Jungers-Holly Funeral Home in Amherst. Father Jim Trempe and Pastor Dwight Anderson will officiate, with burial to follow at the Nelsonville Lutheran Cemetery. A visitation was held on Wednesday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service at 11 A.M. Online condolences available at www.hollyfuneralhome.com. A scholarship is being established in Erin’s name. In addition, in lieu of flowers, a donation will be made in Erin’s name to Jeremiah’s Crossing, a local organization serving children with special needs.