Born in Komotau Czechoslovakia, Erika immigrated to Canada in 1952 where she attended Vic West, Esquimalt High School and graduated from St. Ann’s academy.  Erika had a few different jobs in her life, the princess Mary, the Royal Bank and then a few different ministries in the BC government.

In 1964 Erika married Frank Veerkamp. Erika and Frank loved to travel and have gone almost all over the world, one of their favourite places was Venice and the highlight was a family trip to Alaska to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mom had numerous interests over the years, she could speak several different languages, sang in the German Edelweiss Choir for many years, played in the Balalaika Orchestra, and square dancing. Erika volunteered at several soup kitchens and the Lodge at Broadmead.  Amidst all these interests Erika’s greatest love was for her family, she loved to spend time with her grandchildren and they all knew how much she loved them.

Erika leaves behind her loving husband Frank of 57 years, her son Michael (Donna), daughter Sonja (Rudy) all grandchildren Colin, Natasha, Shyanne, Jenna, Christopher, Tarissa, Jayleen and great grandchildren Brynlee and Henry.

The family would like to thank 5th floor at Selkirk for their care and compassion.  Service to be held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 849 Old Esquimalt Rd, Victoria, BC, on Thursday, December 22 at 12:10 pm.


Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Shirley Hoehne

    Dear Frank & family, I’m so sorry to hear of your dear Erika’s passing last year–in fact, tomorrow will be the one-year anni. I’m an entire year behind! I haven’t kept up with my Christmas cards so decided to search Erika’s name online before sending cards. Of course, the obituary was the very first entry. I’m so sorry. The two of you were so great together, & I’m so glad & grateful I met Erika in 1998 at Min for Children & Families in downtown Victoria.

  • Angelika (Angie)

    So many good memories of Erika singing with all of us in the German choir. Our heartfelt condolences, dear Frank, and to all your lovely family.

  • Gary A Mitchell

    My condolences to Frank and his family, Erika was a lovely person, always ready to share a laugh or a story about their travels; my thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • Alfred

    Our deepest condolances from the Veerkamps in Holland

  • Gina Henrich (Mazzocca)

    Our prayers and thoughts to the family for their loss.
    Erika was such a beautiful lady inside and out. Great memories, her smile, forever in our hearts

  • Robert and Loiuse Moss

    Bob and Louise Moss We are very sorry to learn of Erika’s passing. She will be missed by many.

  • Kourtney & Duncan Van Velzen

    So sorry for your loss. Huge hugs to you all!

  • Ursula Muirhead

    My sincere condolences to you Frank and family on the passing of Erika. She was a gracious, kind lady and always ready to help. May she rest in peace and may your memories give you comfort. Uschi (Ursula) Muirhead (Foeste)

  • Jacqui Myles

    So sorry for your loss. She will always be with you Sending love and (((hugs))❤️

  • Phillip Warburton

    Very sorry to hear of Erika’s passing. I worked with her husband Frank at Eaton’s and remember meeting her several times. Always warm and friendly. My deepest sympathies to Frank and your family.

  • Narinder Saini

    So sorry for the family’s loss. My heart-felt condolences . May she RIP.

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