Winter Holiday 05

Shana Lee (Erickson) Zins

August 25, 1981 ~ November 26, 2021 (age 40)


Shana (Erickson) Zins, age 40, of Benson, MN, formerly of Glenwood, died Friday, November 26, 2021, at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 2nd, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood, with Father Joe Vandeberg officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home in Glenwood and will continue on Thursday at the church, one hour prior to the service. Private family inurnment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Glenwood at a later date. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Shana Lee Erickson, daughter of Phillip A. and Julie (Overstad) Erickson was born on August 25, 1981, in Alexandria, MN. She was the first of four children born to the couple, and their only daughter. Shana and her brothers were raised four miles west of Glenwood. She and her family were members at Glenwood Lutheran Church. Shana attended elementary school in Glenwood and graduated from Minnewaska Area High School with the Class of 2000. While in high school, she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Glenwood Retirement Village (GRV). In the fall of 2000, Shana enrolled at Moorhead Technical College where she studied for a short time before returning to Glenwood and her former job at GRV. Shana enrolled at Alexandria Technical College, where she completed the Licensed Practical Nursing program. Shana continued her nursing career at GRV until the birth of her youngest child, when she cut back to “on-call” status before eventually becoming a fulltime stay-at-home mom in 2019.  

Shana was united in marriage to Kevin Zins on October 22, 2011, at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Villard. Their marriage was blessed with two sons and one daughter. They made their home in Glenwood before moving with their children to Benson in 2018. Shana and Kevin were members at St. Bartholomew’s in Villard. 

Shana enjoyed scrapbooking, crafting, and board games. She liked four-wheeling, deer hunting, camping, and socializing with friends. She had a good sense of humor and was a great storyteller. She was a loving wife and faithful companion to Kevin, and a doting and devoted mother to son, Brair, and daughter, Emma. She was a caring, dependable, and responsible big sister to Orlin, Alan and Jonny and a woman who made her parents proud and brought them much joy.  

Shana passed away due to health complications on Friday, November 26, 2021, at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND.

Shana is survived by her husband, Kevin Zins of Benson; their two children, Briar and Emma, both at home; her mother, Julie Erickson of Glenwood; three brothers, Orlin (Nancy) Erickson of Starbuck, Alan Erickson of Clontarf, and Jonny Erickson of Benson; her maternal grandmother, Erma Kickertz of Glenwood; her husband’s parents, Richard and Kimberly Zins of Glenwood; her husband’s sister, Kayla Zins; her husband’s five brothers, Raymond (Laree), Jeremy, Justin, Peter Zins, and Chris Keppers; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Phillip Erickson (Sept. 2021); her infant son, Boe Zins (2013); her paternal grandparents, Clayton and Beverly Erickson; and maternal grandfathers, Orlin Overstad and Fred Kickertz.


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Funeral Service


December 1, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home
122 First Ave NE
Glenwood, MN 56334

December 2, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Hoplin - Hitchcock Funeral Home, Glenwood)

Mass of Christian Burial
December 2, 2021

11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Glenwood)

Private Family Inurnment

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