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Carla Wynn (Lindstrom) Erfman

Carla Wynn (Lindstrom) Erfman

Carla Wynn Erfman


- September 7, 2019

Carla was born in Hollywood, California on January 25, 1936. From Hollywood to Deadwood, where she roamed the hillsides on her horse followed by her faithful dog, gathering berries to sell to afford the horses that she loved. Mount Mariah didn’t only house the resting place of her beloved grandfather, but also her horse pasture as well. Carla loved everything nature, from fly fishing with her father, to gardening, to gold panning the creek.

     Carla graduated from Deadwood High School and then went on to college in Brookings, SD, for journalism. That is where she met and soon married Don.  Carla was always the sacrificial lamb; giving up her dreams, wants, desires and even her health to care for her husband and children and always did so without complaint. Carla sacrificed to make sure the family made it through the hard times to ensure that there were good times.  Carla denied herself everything to make sure that her family was clothed, fed, and knew the Good Lord. She taught her children to work hard, help others, and to appreciate what you have and to always pray.

     Carla was a true ranchers wife; not only did she work tirelessly taking care of three children, but also took care of the night calving, planting and caring for a garden large enough to make sure there would be food on the table throughout the year, as well as sewing and knitting the clothes for the entire family. The things Carla did out of necessity in the early years, became her joy; from knitting, to crocheting, to sewing, and to gardening. Carla loved the Good Lord, but wasn’t one to preach to you, but lived her life in such a way that she was the bible you wanted to read and her faith made you want it too.

     Don and Carla had their own cattle nutrition company for many years after leaving ranching. It was always said by the customers that you would pick up your cattle feed and drop of your prayer requests; Carla might even offer to loan you a Gaither’s CD.

     Looking back over her life, from reporter at Black Hills Pioneer, to bookkeeping at various businesses, to wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, she would want you to remember that she loved the Lord and “this too shall pass.”

    Carla Wynn (Lindstrom) Erfman, 83, finally made it Home on August 26, 2019, where she joined her Lord and Savior, her husband, Albert (Don); her parents, Stan and Wynnifred Lindstrom; brother, Carl Lindstrom; brothers-in-law, Kurt Bates and Robert Erfman; and grandson, Paul Erfman.

     She is survived by her children, Dave Erfman of Sturgis, Lisa (Mark) Williams of Whitewood, and Lori (Tim) Patrick of Ten Sleep, Wyoming; her sisters, Margie (Marlin) Janas of Colorado, and Lou Bates of Montana; grandchildren, Jeremy Hannah, Sheena Hannah, Amy Hannah, Luke Erfman, Sam (Misty) Erfman, and Ian Williams; as well as 7 great-grandchildren.

     A Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. 

     Mass of a Christian Burial will be held 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Sturgis, SD. 

     Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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