Ardith Louise Schewe, 91

Published 9:35 am Friday, February 25, 2011

Ardith Louise Schewe, 91, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Home, Albert Lea.

Ardith Schewe

Ardith Louise Wittmer was born Sept. 12, 1919, to Herman and Louise (Stern) Wittmer. She grew up near Armstrong. Ardith was baptized and confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church Pickerel Lake, rural Albert Lea. She was united in marriage to Robert Schewe on May 4, 1939, at Concordia Lutheran Church Pickerel Lake. In 1946, they moved to the Hayward area where Ardith worked with her husband on the farm. Ardith moved to Oak Park Place in 2006 and to St. John’s Lutheran Home in 2009. Ardith was active in Farmers Union, Hayward Senior Citizens and was a 4-H leader. She was very active in Oakland Lutheran Church activities. Ardith enjoyed traveling, quilting, needlework, gardening, canning, baking, dancing, playing cards and fishing. Her hands were never idle. Her family was the most important thing to her.

Ardith is survived by her sons, Glenn and friend Cheryl, David and Diane; daughter, Donna and Butch Newman; daughter-in-law Deloris Schewe; grandchildren, Julie (Keven) Maxa, Gary (fiancé Laurie Reed) Schewe, Brian Schewe, Kim Carter, Kevin (Lisa) Schewe, Kris Schewe, Kylin Schewe, Dawn (Chad) Carlson, Scott (Sarah) Schewe and Sara (David) Kalis; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Orville Wittmer; sister-in-law, Marvyl Callahan; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 1995; son, Jerry, in 2009; brother, Harold and sisters-in-law, Marleda Wittmer and Eleanor Wittmer.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Oakland Lutheran Church, rural Albert Lea. Visitation will be at Bonnerup’s Funeral Service from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at the Oakland Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Blessed be her memory.