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Cathy Lou (Hanrahan) Erdmann

Cathy Lou (Hanrahan) Erdmann, age 58, of Philip, died Tuesday morning, December 29, 2009, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2010, at the Hardingrove Evangelical Free Church in Milesville, with Pastor Gary Wahl officiating.

Cathy Lou Hanrahan was born September 17, 1951, in Philip, SD, the daughter of Earl "Bud" and Phyllis (Elshere) Hanrahan.

She grew up in the Milesville-Philip area where she attended West Fork Country School and Philip High School, a member of the class of 1969. Cathy moved to Pierre in 1975 where she worked various jobs before moving back to Philip in 2001.

Cathy was an avid coin and candle collector and immensely enjoyed researching history, especially genealogy. In 2002, she taught herself, using her computer, to trace her genealogy and quickly became an indispensible resource of family history. She traced some of her family back 11 generations. She also helped cousins and others trace their genealogy. The picture boards, genealogy books, and CDs she created will be forever treasured.

Grateful for having shared her life include her son, John Paul Erdmann of Dexter, OR; three daughters, Chandra Lynn Law and her husband, Chad, of Vermillion, Jerri LeRaye Cordes of Rapid City, and Tracie Rae Erdmann of Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren Alexandria, Victoria, Elizabeth, Genevieve, Rebecca, Michael, Daniel and Joshua Law, and Isaiah Cordes; her mother, Phyllis Hanrahan of Philip; a brother, Mark Hanrahan and his wife, Pat, of Milesville; one sister, Becky Drury and her husband, Neal, of Rapid City; her sister-in-law, Debbie Hanrahan of Philip; eight nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cathy was preceded in death by her father, Earl "Bud" Hanrahan on February 1, 1981, and her brother, Craig Hanrahan on August 19, 2009.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com