Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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Cynthia Sue (Eder) Erfle, the quintessential “Behind every successful rancher is a wife who works in town,” passed away with her family by her side after a hard-fought battle with COVID.

Cynthia was born Dec. 21, 1958, to Adelbert and Margaret (Lutgen) Eder, the first of five children. After graduating from Rapelje High School, Cynde spent one year at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., before marrying her high school sweetheart Mike Erfle and finishing her schooling at Montana State University and becoming a die-hard Bobcat!

Upon finishing college, Cynde and Mike moved back to Rapelje, and she began her career working outside the home to support Mike’s farming and ranching addiction. The first five years were spent at Rapelje High School as school secretary and bus driver followed by a 37-year career in customer service at Montana Silversmiths where she was still working up until her passing.

Cynde and Mike were truly blessed with the birth of son, Jay in 1989 and daughter, Alesha in 1993. This blessing was multiplied with Alesha’s marriage in 2018 to Kyle Duke and Jay’s marriage in 2021 to Karlee Popp, along with the arrival of grandsons Wayne Duke in 2019 and Royce Duke in 2021.

Cynde was a worker bee. Never one to look for attention or accolades, she was the one who made things happen. From helping resurrect the local 4-H Club to being a team mom and cheerleader for her kids’ activi ties to playing piano in the church and helping to serve boatloads of meals at the Stockman Cafe, she was, as one niece put it, “the one in the background with her head down doing the work and getting the job done right.”

From spending days on the phone with sometimes irate customers to spending nights in a full-blown Montana blizzard while calving, to handling a multitude of tasks associated with gopher derbies and bike races, she was the dependable unsung hero making sure all the details were attended to and all the work was done.

As a final act of selflessness, Cynde donated her organs for transplant and research so others could live.

Cynde is survived by her husband of 43 years Mike; their son Jay and wife Karlee of Rapelje, Mont.; their daughter Alesha and husband Kyle Duke and grandsons Wayne and Royce of Billings, Mont. She is also survived by mother Margaret; sister Doreen (Dave) Saunders; brother Loren

(Michelle) Eder; sister Lila (Rick) White, all of Columbus, Mont., and by sister Tricia (Tim) Hess of Reed Point, as well as very special sisters-inlaws Carolyn (Randy) Sian of Pompeys Pillar, Mont. and Nancy (Rick) Fortner of Portland, Ore., in addition to 13 nieces and nephews and their families.

Cynde was preceded in death by her father, Adelbert, uncle Lloyd Eder and father- and mother-in-law Wayne and Grace Erfle.

A celebration of life was held Monday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. in Rapelje School Gymnasium followed by a potluck. Bobcat colors and apparel is encouraged. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Rapelje Evangelical Church or to a charity of your choice.

And lastly, thank you to those “angels who walk among us”, P.A. Emily, Rachel, Cinthia, Katie and the rest of the Billings ICU Nurses. We sincerely thank you for the people you are, the job you do and the difference you make. Mike, Jay, Karlee, Alesha and Kyle.