Helen W. Erickson, age 85 of River Falls, died on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at St. Brigid’s at Hi-Park Care Center in Red Wing, MN. She is preceded in death by husband, Paul J. Erickson; sons, Patrick and Timothy Rooney; and daughter, Kathleen Herrmann. Helen is survived by daughter, Mary Fitzgerald; son, Joseph (Robin) Rooney; step daughters, Deborah (Pat) Huppert, Sandra McTie, Cathy Most; son-in-law, Kevin Herrmann; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her hobbies included golfing, quilting, joking around, and a good party with family and friends. Helen was a generous and caring woman with a quick wit. She was strong and outspoken, and had a great sense of humor. Ol’ Hel wanted all to know she “did NOT go peacefully!” No services will be held. At her request, an Irish Wake was held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 1pm – ? at 1384 E Division Street River Falls, WI. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.