He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mary T. Erhardt; parents, Mary Esther and George J. Erhardt; sisters, Mary Geraldine “Jerre” and Mary Esther; and brother, William G. Tom is survived by his daughter, Julie A. Erhardt of Arlington, Virginia; sons: Thomas J. (Lori) Erhardt of Traverse City, Michigan, Brian J. (Barbara) Erhardt of Coto de Caza, California, and Paul J. (Elisabeth) Erhardt of Naples, Florida; grandchildren: Kathryn, Matthew and Emily Erhardt of Traverse City, Michigan, Benjamin, Michael and Mary Erhardt of Coto de Caza, California, and Nicholas and Liesl Erhardt of Naples, Florida; brothers- and sister-in-law: Thomas J. (Gerry) Hogan and Lawrence E. Erhardt, all of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Kenneth Bradford of Grandville, Michigan; several cousins and many nieces and nephews.
Tom grew up in Grand Rapids and also lived and enjoyed many years in Spring Lake, Michigan, during which time he served on the Spring Lake Village Council. He was a proud graduate of Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School and of Michigan State University. Tom gave back to others as a member of the Naval Reserve, in fundraising efforts to expand the school at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, and to support the school and parish of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake. Tom’s true gift was getting to know people. This gift and his ability to connect someone he newly met with someone he already knew befitted his career in human resources at General Motors. He was also often heard saying, “If you take good care of it, it will last you the rest of your life.”
Visitation will be Friday, January 11, from 5-8 p.m., with the Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m., at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, and one hour prior to the funeral Mass at church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Tom at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 12, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2750 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids. The Rev. Peter Damian presiding with concelebrant Father Rock Badgerow. Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Tom to his elementary school, St. Stephen Catholic School, 740 Gladstone Drive SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506.
Arrangements by O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst of Grand Rapids (www.gerstfuneralhomes.com).