Mary Jo Ardolf, 87

Mary Jo Ardolf, 87, of Silver Lake, MN, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at Glencoe Regional Health surrounded by her family.

Mary Jo Ardolf was born June 20, 1935, the daughter of Thomas Sr. and Gladys (Makovsky) Zanoth. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.

She graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1953. 

On Aug. 27, 1957, she was united in marriage to Albert Ardolf Jr. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Their marriage was blessed with five children.

The couple resided and farmed in Rich Valley Township, and shared 58 years of marriage. Mary Jo raised her five children and helped on the family farm.

Mary Jo also was employed part time at Green Giant and Cliff’s Super Market. Her favorite job was babysitting and spending numerous years with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mary Jo was a member of the Church of the Holy Family and of the CCW. She also belonged to the Silver Lake American Legion Auxiliary.

Mary Jo loved spending time with all her family. Her grandchildren brought her great joy and happiness. When her great grandchildren started arriving, her heart filled with more joy, and when they were together, her smiles were big, and her heart was filled with happiness.

Mary Jo had many interests in life. She loved baking and spending time teaching her grandchildren how to bake, watching Mollie B. along with other polka shows, and visiting with family.

Abbie and Mary Jo showed the grandchildren the fun in ice fishing from little on . . . even when someone’s little leg ended up in a wet, cold, ice hole. Mary Jo and Abbie spent countless hours playing cards with family and friends, going to polka dances, and spending time at the casino.

Mary Jo is survived by her loving children, Karen (Jeff) Kranz, Julie (Jeffery) Mallak, Ann (Michael) Boyer, Bruce Ardolf, and Scott (Shauna) Ardolf; grandchildren, Nick (RaeAnn) Kranz, Jacob (Kristen) Mallak, Jessica Mallak, Jordan Mallak, Ashley (Josh) Hallquist, Grant (Carissa) Boyer, Savannah Ardolf, Sawyer Ardolf, and Sydney Ardolf; great grandchildren, Peyton Knisley Raiber, Kadence, Brantley, and Kora Kranz, Carter and Taylor Mallak, Jase and Ezra Dressel, and Mason Boyer; sisters: Lois (Ron) Miskosky, Rita Worshek; and brother, Tom (Ruth) Zanoth.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert (Abbie) Ardolf Jr.; Parents Thomas Sr. and Gladys Zanoth; brother, Michael Zanoth; mother and father-in-law, Albert Sr. and Josephine Ardolf; brother-in-law, Dennis Worshek; grandson, Jess Kranz; great-granddaughter, Talon Jade Dressel; and many other relatives.

A Christian Mass celebrating her life took place Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Father Matthew Wiering was the celebrant.   Interment followed at Holy Family Cemetery.

Angela Dostal, niece of Mary Jo, was the reader. Gift bearers were Savannah Ardolf and Sydney Ardolf.

A visitation took place Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. Further visitation took place Thursday morning, Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Casket bearers were Jacob Mallak, Jordan Mallak, Grant Boyer, Joshua Hallquist, Sawyer Ardolf, and Mark Worshek.

Arrangements are with the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com

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