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Carol Jean (Erickson) Kalmbacher

Carol Jean



Carol Jean (Erickson) Kalmbacher, 72, of Bemidji, MN, died Tues, October 9, 2018 in her home. Carol was born on August 27, 1946, to Arnold and Olive (Sjostrom) Erickson in Pine River, MN. She attended Mounds-Midway School of Nursing in St. Paul, MN. Upon graduation, she served in the Army Nurse Corps for two years, where she achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant. She subsequently earned a two-year diploma at Oak Hills Bible Institute in Bemidji, MN. She also studied linguistics, translation, and anthropology at the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Grand Forks, ND, in preparation for missionary service with Wycliffe Bible Translators. In 1973 she moved to Indonesia and began Bible translation work among the Isirawa people of Papua. On October 3, 1981, Carol married Greg Kalmbacher in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia. In late 1983 they began new translation work among the Mpur people, which has continued to this year. In November 2016 Carol was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She is survived by her husband, Greg Kalmbacher of Bemidji; four children, Hannah (J. Paul) Bryan of Boynton Beach, FL; Gabriel (Anna) Kalmbacher of Zeeland, MI; Kirk (Caroline) Kalmbacher of Chesapeake, VA; David (Jessica) Kalmbacher of Toccoa, GA; three brothers: Jim, Jerry and Joel and three sisters: Connie Green, Colleen Gartner, and Jana Geib; twelve grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on November 17 at her childhood church, Pleasant Hill Community Church, Pequot Lakes, MN. Inurnment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pequot Lakes, MN. Arrangements were entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji.