CLEAR LAKE | Ardee M. Ahrendt, 81, of Clear Lake, Iowa, died Oct. 16, 2013, at Concord Care Center in Garner.
A Celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Galilean Lutheran Church, 4454 255th St., Highway 18 W., Clear Lake, with the Rev. Scot McCluskey officiating. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at church. Inurnment was held in Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake. Family suggests memorials to Galilean Lutheran Church.
Ardee was born to William W. Holling and Mae I. Stoakes on Nov. 3, 1931, in rural Rock County, Minn. Ardee grew up in Hardwick, Minn., and graduated from Luverne High School in 1949.
On Sept. 16, 1951, Ardee was united in marriage to Dale H. Ahrendt in Hardwick, Minn. She helped craft a marriage that lasted for more than 50 years! Together they lived and worked in many communities raising four boys.
Ardee loved to play cards and said she was happiest in the kitchen baking and then sharing her homemade goodies with friends. Ardee invested time and energy into building relationships and lived to hear us laugh. She served the Lord Jesus Christ in her everyday life and dedicated 36 years to helping people with special needs. At age 74 she retired from Opportunity Village.
Ardee is survived by her four sons: Michael (Cindy) Ahrendt, Montgomery, Ala., Gregory (Teresa) Ahrendt, Sartell, Minn., Timothy (Mery) Ahrendt, Ashville, N.C., and Thomas (Amy) Ahrendt, Carlsbad, Calif. Grandchildren: Dean, Scott, David, Elizabeth, Angela, Spencer, Rachael, Laura, Sydney, and Donovan and 11 great-grandchildren. Brothers: Lloyd (Alta) Holling, Sarasota, Fla., Allen (Shirley) Holling, Brentwood, Calif., and sister, Ruth (Dean) Dorsey, Pleasanton, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.
Ardee was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Dale Feb. 16, 2002, two infant daughters, Theresa and Marcey, brother Ron Holling and a sister Lorna Gonsalves. Ardee had many wonderful friendships throughout the Clear Lake community and all are valued and cherished beyond words. The family thanks everyone for their prayers, love and support.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, Iowa, 641-357-2193. ColonialChapels.com