Erika E. Carden, 88, Park Falls

Erika E. Carden, age 88, of Park Falls, died on Thursday June 11, 2020 at Primrose Retirement Community in Wausau.  She was born on April 8, 1932 in Luxembourg, the daughter of Peter and Paula Hard.  Her early life and schooling were in Germany.  On April 5, 1952 she married David Carden in Germany.  The couple moved to Park Falls shortly after their marriage.  They lived in Ashland,

Tomahawk, and Rhinelander before returning to Park Falls in 1972.  Erika worked as a Personnel Secretary for Owens-Illinois Paper Mill in Tomahawk from 1959 until 1972.  Shortly after moving to Park Falls, Erika purchased Dixie’s Treasure Chest and later owned and operated Erika’s Blumenhaus.  Erika attended schooling in Holland where she earned her Master Floral Designer degree.  She was a member of the Park Falls Lioness Club,  was a past President of the Flambeau Hospital Auxiliary, a member of the Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association, and a senior member of the Northern Antique Dealers Association.  Erika enjoyed Bridge club and spending time with her family and friends.


She is survived by:

Her husband David of Park Falls


Ralph (BJ) Carden of Weston

Karen Brown of Rhinelander


Stephen (Tami) Carden of Rothschild

Emily (Ying) Carden-Her of Madison

Matthew (Jen Terzinski) Pritzl of Boulder Junction

Drew (Kristen Cibulka) Pritzl of Rhinelander

(1)great-grandson Brodie and another great-grandchild soon to be born

and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Gisela Proschko, her brother-in-law Hans Proschko, and her son-in-law Thomas Brown.


Funeral Services will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Park Falls on Wednesday June 17, 2020 at 11:00am.  Rev. Donald Quigley will officiate.


Interment will follow at Forest Home Cemetery in Fifield.


A visitation will be held at Birch Street Funeral Service in Park Falls on Tuesday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm and on Wednesday at the church from 10:00am until the hour of the service.


Birch Street Funeral Service is assisting the family.