Albert “Abbie” Ardolf Jr., age 90, of Silver Lake, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born Aug. 19, 1925 in Rich Valley Township, the son of Albert Sr. and Josephine (Posusta) Ardolf.
Albert was baptized and confirmed in his Catholic faith, and received his education up to the eighth grade.
Abbie entered the Army in 1953, and served his country in the Korean War until 1955. He was honorably discharged as a corporal from the Army.
Abbie was united in marriage to Mary Jo Makousky Aug. 27, 1957, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Their marriage was blessed with five children. They resided and farmed in Rich Valley Township, and shared 58 years of marriage.
Abbie was a lifelong farmer. He retired in 1993, but he continued to help his family and friends farm until later, moving to town in 2008.
He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, and also belonged to Silver Lake American Legion Post 141, and to the Sportsman Club.
Abbie enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; dancing to polka music, going to the casino, camping, fishing, playing cards, and visiting with friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Sr. and Josephine Ardolf; a brother and sister-in-law, Francis and Evelyn Ardolf; sisters and brothers-in-law Magdalen and Marvin Miller, Alice and George Humlichek, Myrtle and Rudolph Urban, and Helen and Doc Annis; a grandson, Jess Kranz; a great-granddaughter, Talon Jade Dressel; father-in-law and mother-in-law Thomas and Gladys Zanoth; and brothers-in-law Michael Zanoth and Denny Worshek.
Abbie is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Jo Ardolf; children: Karen (Jeff) Kranz, Julie (Jeffery) Mallak, Ann (Michael) Boyer, Bruce Ardolf, and Scott (Shauna) Ardolf; grandchildren Nick (RaeAnn) Kranz, Jacob (Kristen) Mallak, Jessica Dressel, Jordan Mallak, Ashley Boyer and friend Josh Hallquist, Grant Boyer and friend Carissa Parpart, Savannah, Sawyer, and Sydney Ardolf; and great-grandchildren Peyton Knisley Raiber, Kadence and Brandtly Kranz, Carter Mallak and Jase, and Ezra Dressel.
A Christian Mass celebrating Abbie’s life took place Tuesday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with Father Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. Gift bearers were Jessica Dressel, Ashley Boyer and Savannah Ardolf. Glenn Mallak was the reader for the Mass. Military honors were provided by Silver Lake American Legion Post 141 at Holy Family Cemetery.
Visitation was Monday, April 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Casket bearers were Jeffery Mallak, Michael Boyer, Jeff Kranz, Jacob Mallak, Jordan Mallak, Grant Boyer, Nick Kranz and Josh Hallquist.
Sawyer Ardolf and Sydney Ardolf were honorary casket bearers.
Arrangements were with the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.