(Eda) Ardelle Larson, 87, Chester

Eda Ardelle Larson, 87, formerly of Chester, Iowa died Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, Iowa. She had resided at Patty Elwood Center since September 2008.

The funeral service for Ardelle Larson was Monday, April 9, 2012 at United Methodist Church of Lime Springs, Iowa with Pastor Candie Carey officiating. Interment was in Bethlehem Cemetery in Beaver Township, Fillmore County, Minn.

Eda Ardelle Larson was born on June 5, 1924 at the family farm near Bangor, Wis. to Edwin and Eda (Temte) Larson. After leaving home she worked briefly as a housekeeper in Rockford, Ill. and then Moen Photography in LaCrosse, Wis.

Ardelle Larson was united in marriage to Harold Larson on Oct. 29, 1949 in LaCrosse. They farmed and raised their four children in Fillmore County, near Chester. Ardelle and Harold were married 39 years until he passed away on Feb. 4, 1988. Ardelle continued to live on the farm until 2006 where she enjoyed gardening and had many beautiful flowers, vegetables, strawberries, raspberries and was always busy canning, baking or making jellies. She was a kind and giving person, and she enjoyed sharing her flowers, vegetables and baked goods with family and friends.

Ardelle had a strong Christian faith and devoted her life to her faith and family. She was an active member in the United Methodist Church where she taught Bible school, Sunday school and enjoyed attending Bible study groups with her friends. She had also been a member of Christian Women Club. Ardelle was a past member of the Austin Gem and Mineral Club in Austin, Minn. and enjoyed giving programs or presentations of her lapidary and other craft projects to many community groups. Other interests included traveling on bus trips, Norwegian baking, playing board games and doing crafts with her grandchildren.

Ardelle was blessed with numerous talents and hobbies throughout her life including photography, ceramics, pottery, calligraphy, china painting, rock painting, Norwegian rosemaling, tolpainting, crafts, quilting, braided rugs and woodcarving. Ardelle and Harold were active members in the Austin Gem and Mineral Club and enjoyed searching for agates and stones in their farm fields, local quarries and local streams. The lapidary hobby was her favorite pastime, and she enjoyed tumbling or polishing her stones and creating numerous artistic creations.

Ardelle is survived by four children, Peggy (Frank) Cummings of Solon, Iowa, Patsy (Dennis) Holzwarth of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Harlan (Mary) Larson of Lime Springs, Iowa and Ardis (Craig) Forland of Zumbrota, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Bill (Jennifer) Cummings, Becky (Joe) Taylor, Joe Cummings, Jeff (Brooke) Holzwarth, Steven (Amanda) Holzwarth, Christina Larson, Michael (Erin) Larson, Ericka Larson and Matt and Laura Forland; and four great-grandchildren, Bella and Sean Cummings, Carter O’Connell and Bryce Taylor.

Ardelle is also survived by two brothers Clarence Larson of Bangor, Wis. and Richard Larson of Rochester, Minn.; sisters-in-law Clarice Larson, Mildred Larson, Beatrice Larson, Lois Larson and Lorraine Kreiensieck; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ardelle is preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Alice Dahl; and six brothers, Harold, Edwin, Anton, Kenneth, LaVerne and Arthur Lawrence.

Blessed be her memory. Online condolences may be left at http://www.hindtfuneralhomes.com

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