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Jeanne Morrissey Erhardt



Born on September 26, 1940, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Paul V. and Rose (McCarthy) Morrissey.

Jeanne was preceded  in death by her parents; brothers-in-law:  Richard (Dick) Grant, J. Michael Erhardt, Roger Terhaar; sister-in-law: Margaret (Peg) Lummen.

She is survived  by her husband Fred Erhardt Jr.; children Fritz (Trudy), Ellen (Doug Graves), Tim (Susan), Andrew (Patricia Erhardt-Lewis), Michael (Kimberly) and Gerry (Linda) Poe; fourteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren (with two more on the way); her siblings  Carol Grant Terhaar, Ann (Gene) Mason and Paul J. (Alice) Morrissey; and sister in law Patricia Erhardt and brother in law Marvin J. Lummen; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She will be missed by Gerry Arthur, her favorite Jeopardy-watching friend.

Jeanne graduated from Catholic Central High School.  She attended Aquinas College before earning her teaching degree from Western Michigan University. She left teaching after three years to stay  at home to raise her children. After they were grown, she worked for the Diocese of Grand Rapids for 25 years.

She had a very strong faith and enjoyed sharing it by working in the RCIA program and teaching religious education.  Her family was very important to her, and she loved having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren around her. Jeanne also loved butterflies because of the connection to the Resurrection.

The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Dominican Center main chapel 2025 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 6. There will be a visitation one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Dominican Sisters–Grand Rapids in memory of Jeanne Erhardt or to Grand Rapids  Right to Life.

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7 Responses

  1. We are so sad because of your loss of Jean. She was the matron of a wonderful family. We wish the best for all of you. Our prayers are with you all.

  2. I am so sorry to learn of Jeannes passing. May her soul rest in peace and prayers for all family.

  3. Fred:

    At his brother’s funeral yesterday, my best friend made me think of Jeanne when he said, “my brother’s best trait was his kindness” and he ended his eulogy with this well known quote: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Jeanne always seemed the type to “do kindness know”. Alice and my prayers are with you. Tim

  4. Wish to extend our Condolences for Jeanne, and to her family, on learning of her passing. God bless and thank you Jeanne, for all your efforts on behalf of our Christian World. May you Rest In Peace. Joanne & John knape

  5. I knew Jeanne from the days that we both worked in the diocesan office. Jeanne was always a warm, friendly and helpful person with a great sense of humor. The last time I saw her was this past June and she was the warm and friendly person I’ve always known. God bless and comfort Fred and the family. I will remember her at Mass with gratitude.

    Fr. Tom Simons
    Holy Trinity Parish
    Comstock Park

  6. I remember attending her wedding. What a happy day that was! And it looks like the happiness continued for many years. May all who knew her, remember her with fondness.

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