Ardythe Ellen Waldrop

November 26, 1942 - July 9, 2017

Ardythe Ellen Waldrop, 74, of Owatonna, died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Homestead Hospice House.

She was born November 26, 1942 in Joice, Iowa the daughter of Melvin and Margret (Patterson) Furness. Ardi graduated from Joice High School in 1960. After high school, she moved to Chicago where she worked for Western Union. She attended secretary school in Nebraska prior to working for DeLuxe Products in Lake Mills, IA. Ardi married Jerald Waldrop Feb. 25, 1962 in Joice, IA. The couple moved to Owatonna where she continued working for Western Union for another 4 years and starting a family together. With their own hands, Jerry and Ardi built the house where they lived for 45 years. She worked for the Owatonna School District for 36 years, primarily at McKinley Elementary school as a teachers' aide and secretary. She loved raising her family and working with children in the school district. Ardi enjoyed time with her family, grandkids, and her great-granddaughter. She loved traveling and reading. She also liked playing bridge and electronic games with friends.

She is survived by her husband, Jerald Waldrop of Owatonna; daughters, Michelle (and Edward) Tarka of Northfield, Marsha (and Bobby Jon) Elliot of Hastings; son, Shannon (and Carrie) Waldrop of Eagan; 4 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brother, Mark Furness of Owatonna; sister, Patty (and Marvin) Abbott of Forest City, Martha Furness of Madrid, IA and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Nancy Furness; niece, Jennifer Furness; nephew, Joel Furness.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm and at Trinity Lutheran Church on Thursday from 10am to 11am. Funeral services will be held July 13, 2017 at 11am at Trinity Lutheran Church with The Reverend Amanda Weinkauf officiating. Memorials are preferred to Owatonna Public Library, Owatonna School District 761 Foundation or to the donor's choice.

Michaelson Funeral Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 482, 1930 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN 55060, (507) 451-7943.