Erika L. (Meninger) Trowbridge

Born: Tue., Jan. 3, 1928
Died: Sun., Feb. 8, 2015

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 Erika L. Trowbridge

Jan. 3, 1928 - Feb. 8, 2015 SOUTH BEND

Erika L. Trowbridge passed away at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, February 8th in St. Joseph Regional Medical, Mishawaka. Mrs. Trowbridge was born January 3, 1928 in Elmhurst, IL to the late Erna (Miller) and Werner Meininger and had lived in South Bend since 1953 coming from Geneva, IL. On June 20, 1953 in Geneva she married Richard R. Trowbridge who preceded her in death April 5, 1990. She is survived by two daughters, Connie S. Erickson (Warren A. Williams) of Granger and Julie A. Helman (Michael) of South Bend; seven grandchildren, Daniel Erickson (Nancy), Michael Erickson, Kelsey Erickson, Christopher Williams (Tara), Nicholas Williams, Aaron Helman (Lindsay) and Sarah Ruszkowski (Tim); and nine great-grandchildren, Sophie and Paul Erickson, Colton and Addison Helman, Dawson Pontius, Danica and Evan Ruszkowski, Luka Erickson, and Homer Williams. Erika was a switchboard operator for the University of Notre Dame for 40 years, retiring in 2008. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, never giving up hope. Some of her favorite times were the summers she would spend at Parker Lake in Wisconsin. Private family graveside services will be held in Highland Cemetery. She will be buried next to her husband, Richard. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

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