Evelyn L. Overholt (1912-2005)

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Evelyn L. Overholt Erfourth
Born: 10 Sep 1912 Goodhart, Michigan
Died: 3 Jul 2005 McBain, Michigan
Father: Clarence Leroy Overholt
Mother: Mary Grace Mallory
Siblings: Evelyn L. Overholt
Russel Lynn Overholt
Claude A. Overholt
Emerson A. Overholt
Alice E. Overholt
Ross S. Overholt
Yvonne Overholt
Spouse: Carl Roderick Erfourth
Married: 7 May 1936 Pontiac, Michigan
Children: Roger Erfourth


Cadillac News, July, 2005:

Evelyn L. Erfourth

CADILLAC - Evelyn L. Erfourth of McBain died Sunday, July 3, 2005 at Autumnwood of McBain. She was 92.

She was born on Sept. 10, 1912 in Goodhart to Clarence Leroy and Mary Grace (Mallory) Overholt. She married Carl Roderick Erfourth on May 7, 1936 in Pontiac. He preceded her in death on March 23, 2005.

As a youth, Mrs. Erfourth worked as a waitress at the Lambkin Resort in Goodhart, located on the wilderness trail north of Harbor Springs. In 1935, at the age of 23, she was selected from the Lambkin staff to work for the Cranbrook Boys' School in Bloomfield Hills.

Although too shy to wait table there for Henry Ford, at Cranbrook she did meet her husband of 69 years, Carl Erfourth of Boyne City. Over time she and her husband moved to the Upper Peninsula, Flint, Arizona, Florida and finally to Cadillac where they spent their last years with their only son, Roger.

Mrs. Erfourth came from a German Menonite family and always remained true to her faith. She loved to attend church and worked on church programs serving youth and the poor. She was an enthusiastic reader and writer. She authored an unpublished manuscript about life in the Upper Peninsula. Even as her health deteriorated, she continued to write letters to friends and family from California to Florida.

Mrs. Erfourth spent almost her entire life as a wife, homemaker and mother. She was a splendid cook and loved to prepare meals for her family and friends. Her mince meat pie was reportedly unequalled. Her family will miss her greatly.

Survivors include her son, Roger (Eileen) of Cadillac; grandchildren, Geoffrey (Sherry) Erfourth of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Renee (Glen) Getal of Kalamazoo and Major Montgomery (Sharmayne) Erfourth of the USMC; great-grandsons, Michael and Carl Erfourth of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; and sister, Yvonne Overholt Abernathy of Flint.

In addition to her husband, Carl, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Russel, Ross and Claude Emerson; and sister, Alice.

Services are 7 p.m. Thursday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac with Rev. Dale Ostema officiating. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens in Traverse City.

Visitation is from 6 p.m. until time of services on Thursday at the funeral home.


  • 1920 Federal Census, Emmet County, Michigan:
Overholt, Clarence L
, Evelyn L, Daughter, 7, F, W, single, MI
  • 1930 Federal Census, Burton, Genesee, Michigan, Family #239:
Overhol, Clarence
, Evelyn L, Daughter, 17, F, W, single, MI, MI, MI
  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
Erfourth, Carl R. & Overholt, Evelyn
Date of Marriage: 5/7/1936
Liber: 5
Folio: 9
Birth Date: 10 Sep 1912
Death Date: 3 Jul 2005
Social Security Number: 370-44-9455
State Where Number Was Issued: Michigan
Death Residence Zip Code: 49601
Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan
Hoxeyville, Wexford, Michigan