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.