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Ardith Carol Schlauderaff

Ardith Carol Schlauderaff, age 75, of Mayer, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

She was born Dec. 20, 1931 in Little Falls, the daughter of Carl and Myrtle (Adams) Stroming. Ardith was baptized April 24, 1932 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Ripley by the Rev. Stellwagen, and confirmed March 25, 1945 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown by the Rev. Stellwagen.

She grew up in Watertown, with her brother, the Rev. Karl Stroming. She attended Dr. Martin Luther High School and College in New Ulm from 1945 to 1950, and also Valparaiso University in Indiana.

LaVerne taught at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe, where she met and married Gene C Schlauderaff. Ardith and Gene were married July 3, 1962 at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. A. H. Fellwock.

Her greatest passions and enjoyment in life were teaching children, music, and reading books. She loved to garden, feed the birds, sew, crochet, knit, take long walks in the woods, and complete many craft projects found in books or magazines.

Ardith liked to be unique and different, and had a wonderful sense of humor about it. Her pride and joy were her children (“the 4Ks”), along with her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

When she wasn’t making a table runner, quilt, or talking on the phone, she would be handwriting long letters to her family and friends. Her motto was “Hope springs eternal.”

Ardith is survived by her loving family, children and spouses: Keith Schlauderaff of Mayer, Karla and Joe Engeldinger of Clear Brook, Kirsten and John Henckel of Eau Claire, Wis., and Kimberly Schlauderaff of Eden Prairie; grandchildren: Kameron, Nicholas, Bryce, Amanda, Nic, and Joey; brother and sister-in-law Rev. Karl and Marion Stroming of Park Rapids; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Wayne Schlauderaff of Hutchinson, and Marilyn and Russ Emch of Riverton, Wyo.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene; father and mother, Carl and Myrtle Stroming; father-in-law and mother-in-law Herbert and Irene Schlauderaff; and sister-in-law Mary Schlauderaff.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer with the Rev. Harald Schaubye officiating. Interment was at Ft. Ripley Cemetery, Ft. Ripley, Minn.

Casket bearers were Keith Schlauderaff, Joe Engeldinger, John Henckel, Ted Stroming, Randy Stroming, and Tim Stroming.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

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