OBITUARY: Erica Colleen Bongberg
Sept. 17, 2020
September 17, 2020
Erica Colleen Bongberg, a pillar of her community and center of her family, died on Sept. 17, 2020, surrounded by family and loved ones. She was 42.
Erica, a resident of Rohnert Park, had been at war with breast cancer for more than four years. She was a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College and spent 10 years as a human resources professional. Her hobbies included crafting, attending her children's sporting events, coaching cheer and recruiting others to join her fight against cancer.
She is remembered for her sense of humor, compassion and her love of sharing memories and stories. Erica loved to talk. She loved to laugh. She was relentlessly honest and unafraid to make herself vulnerable. She had the gift to see past anyone's flaws.
Erica raised three children with her partner, Justin Ikaika Steverson. Noah Ikaika Blaze, 19, a sophomore at Pacific University in Oregon, inherited his mother's big heart, open mind and insightfulness. Nanealani Hannah Kaleikaumaka, 15, a sophomore at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, inherited her mother's resilience, nurturing spiri, and her drive to be self-sufficient. Anuhea Lucille Naniloa, 6, is a first-grader at Montevista Elementary School in Rohnert Park. Anuhea is the embodiment of her mother's free spirit, sense of humor and uncompromising honesty.
She is dearly missed by her large family: her mother, Karen, and stepfather, Ron, live in Santa Rosa; her father, Barry, lives in Shafter; her aunts, Kathleen, Kellie (Sam) and son, Finn; her cousins, Carrie, Gabe, Gina, Jill, Micah and Nick, Michael, and their families. She is predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Corky Anthony and Johanna Anthony, and her paternal grandparents, Robert Martin Bongberg and Lucille Corbett Bongberg.
Erica also leaves a large hole in her community and many, many friends.
Erica's life was too short. But the family, community and legacy she built will survive for years.
The family would like to thank Memorial Hospice, Kenna, Rachael, Lilli and Zoe, as well as Dr. Zhang and Dr. Nguyen, and the many nurses at Kaiser Santa Rosa.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Website: danielschapeloftheroses.com