Evelyn Florance Ploharz, beloved mother, grandmother and friend of many, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 89 and a longtime Clearwater County resident.
She was born June 5, 1930 in Little Falls, Minn., to Jerome and Francis Boisvert. She had two older brothers, Lawrence and Edward, and a younger sister, Dorothy.
Evelyn attended Lady of Lourdes Parochial Grade School and graduated from Little Falls High School in 1949. While in high school, she was catcher on the softball team.
In Little Falls, she met and married Joseph C. Ploharz and they moved to western Montana where they raised their seven children and lived for 30 years. They lived in Corvallis, Columbia Falls, Libby and Stevensville.
In 1980, Joe and Evelyn’s logging company, J.P. Logging and Construction, was awarded several Potlach logging road construction contracts in the Headquarters area and thus they moved from their farm in the Three Mile area of Stevensville, Mont., to Weippe, Idaho. During the recession of 1983, Evelyn and Joe sold the logging business and purchased the High-Country Café in Weippe from Luke and Marilyn LaPointe, changing the name to the Timberline Café. Joe passed away in a car accident in April of 1991. Evelyn continued to operate the café until 2000 when she sold it and moved to Orofino, where she resided until her passing.
She was a past member of Our Lady of the Woodland in Pierce and current member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orofino. Evelyn was a member of Clearwater Senior Citizens Center, enjoying the company and comradery there on Tuesdays and Fridays. She had a green thumb, was a breast cancer survivor, an avid reader and enjoyed quilting in her later years.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers.
She is survived by her seven children, Judy (John) Smith, Helena, Mont.; Annette (Richard) Koch, Roy, Wash.; Mike (Melanie) Ploharz, Layton, Utah; Pat Ploharz, Spring Hill, Fla.; Karen (Tom) Pearson, Stevensville, Mont.; Jerry (Jessie) Ploharz, Mullan, Idaho, and Teri (Jim) Bolling, Orofino, 19 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Daleiden, St. Michaels, Minn.; and sisters-in-law, Opal Boisvert, Spring Lake Park, Minn., and Lucille Hubner, Motley, Minn., along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Evelyn’s Life will be held Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall, 330 Michigan Avenue in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Clearwater Valley Hospital for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Evelyn to the TLC (Tammy L. Clark) Foundation, c/o Jessica O’Shaughnessy, 1106 Alder Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501; the Orofino Rotary Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 482, Orofino, ID 83544; or the Clearwater Memorial Public Library Foundation, CMPL Foundation Inc., 139 High Country Lane, Ahsahka, ID, 83520.