Donald Erla

Obituary of Donald Erla

Donald J. Erla, age 82, of Cass City died February 17, 2018 at United Hospice in Marlette.   

Don was born March 1, 1935 in Hamtramck, Michigan to the late John and Genevieve Erla.  He later married Mary Lou Dungey on July 21, 1955 in Imlay City, Michigan.  He was a past member of the Cass City Lions Club.  Don started work at the Erla’s Foods in Cass City, and after leaving the family grocery he opened Don Erla’s Foods in Pigeon, retiring in 1994.  He enjoyed going up north to his cottage, golf, woodworking, pheasant hunting, and in his later years taking care of his lawn.  

Don is survived by his children: Dave (Rhonda) Erla, Don (Cathy) Erla, Beth (Guy) Howard, Amy (Scott) Hartel, Bob (Dawn) Erla, and Bill Erla, siblings: Lorraine Klimas, Doris (Tom) Sealand, Marilyn Erla, Dan (Marlene) Erla, Chuck (Agnes) Erla, Arnold (Sharon) Erla, Clark (Pat) Erla, 16 grandchildren, and 14 and half great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, siblings: Florence, Gertrude, Richard, Delphine.  

Cremation has taken place, and a celebratory mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at St. Pancratious Catholic Church in Cass City.  Father Christian Tabares celebrant.  Memorial contributions in memory of Don may be made to United Hospice Residence in Marlette.  Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home - Columbiaville.  Share memories, condolences, and photos online with the family at