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Erica Semenchuk

Published January 20,2023

Obituary's Biography:

Erica Semenchuk passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family after a three-year battle with colon cancer on January 19th.  Erica was born on July 4th 1978 in Sandwich, IL, so every birthday was a celebration of fireworks for her.  Erica’s family was her life, her love, and her everything.  She was known and loved by many, as her kindness, generosity, and true compassion for people were a beacon of light.  Erica loved being a dance mom, a football mom, the best mom and wife in the world, cheering on the Bears and Sox with her family, her pets Rudy, Fancy, S’mores, and Peanut, flowers, her garden, anything purple, reading, writing, and the farm she grew up on.  With Journalism and English degrees, and a Masters in Teaching, she is likely editing this from Heaven right now.  She is survived by her devoted husband of 20 years Charlie (Chuck) Semenchuk, the absolute lights of her life Hadley, Eleanor, and Patrick, her parents Gary and Leslie Fatland, brother Nate (Shannon) Fatland, brother Luke (Kathi) Fatland, sister Taylor (Mitch) Bogda, and her five nieces and nephews.  A celebration of life will take place at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church 607 W Belvidere Rd Route 120, Grayslake, IL on Wednesday January 25th.  Visitation will be from 1-5pm, followed by a worship service, and interment of ashes in the garden.  The family asks that everyone wear something purple since this was Erica’s favorite color.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following causes in Erica’s honor: A college fund for Hadley, Eleanor, and Patrick (https://www.gofundme.com/f/s47qf), the Mayo Clinic cancer research fund, or the Erica Semenchuk Memorial Scholarship fund at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church.  

All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or contact 847-223-8122.

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  1. My heart goes out to Charlie and his family. I know that Erica will always be on your mind and forever in your hearts.

  2. Charlie and family , Erica was a true light in this world and a caring person . I will always remember her kind way and smile . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family With deepest sympathy Dr Rick Maddalozzo

  3. Erica was a patient at the dental office I work at. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. What a wonderful person. Rest in peace sweet Erica.

  4. Beautiful Erica…gone too soon. You will be lovingly remembered by your family, friends, and everyone who knew you. I pray for the peace, comfort, and strength that only God can bring you.

  5. Even though I only knew Erica and Charlie for four months while we traveled along similar roads. The inspiration Erica showed will always be with me along with the few in person “moments” we had. One of the many amazing abilities she had was to be able to smile and joke around while having a chemo treatment. She and her family, sort of, became a part of me. She will be sorely missed, but will be leaving behind many millions of memories with many people. God Bless you Erika.

  6. My heart goes out to Leslie and Gary Fatland, Erica’s parents and to her sister and brothers. I am so sad and sorry for all of you. May God bless you with comfort in this difficult time.

  7. We are deeply saddened to hear of Erica’s passing. Such a lovely woman. Sending love to Charlie, Hadley, Eleanor and Patrick ❤️

  8. Although it’s been ages since I actually talked to you, you were kind to me and I always thought you to be a beautiful person. Charlie, you too, are and amazing man and I’ve always happy for you and her. Through some turbulent times, she was kind to me.

  9. Dear Charlie,
    My sympathy from the bottom of my heart. I wish you a lot of strength in the coming days, weeks and months, until the gentle wings of time will begin to replace the deep pain you must feel now with fond memories of the many beautiful moments you spent together with Erica.

  10. To the family of Erica I send the condolences from the Cassano family and to my horse family, Leslie and Gary I am so sorry for the loss of your child. May she rest in peace

  11. Our Deepest sympathy to the entire Semenchuk and Fatland families. 🙏😞
    Randy and Nancy Tuftie
    Steve and Diana Tuftie

  12. Gary and Leslie, So sorry to read of your daughter’s death. My sympathies for everyone who loved her. ie. Carl and Myrtle Johnson’s daughter.

  13. My deepest condolences to the family and all close to Erica.
    We became friends at NIU and I feel so lucky to have a true friend like her. I ve missed her dearly all these years, since I returned to Greece and it hurts that I didn’t get to see her since.

    Erica, it is hard to say goodbye from so far and so soon, so until we meet again…rest in peace.
    Love you always, your friend Yanna

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