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Ardelle Elizabeth Strand passed away on Wednesday, September 28th at the age of 94.

Ardelle was born in St. Cloud, MN on November 12th, 1927, to Arvid and Nellie Olson. She and her family moved to rural Monticello when Ardelle was in the 2nd grade, where she attended country school through the 8th grade.  Her desire was to finish high school, which meant staying with her grandfather in town during the school year. She loved school, especially typing, bookkeeping and shorthand. After graduating, she moved to Mpls. for a few years and was able to use these skills she loved.

Ardelle grew up attending Buffalo Covenant Church in Buffalo. She had recently reminded us that, although she wasn’t the oldest member of Buffalo Covenant, she was the longest attending member of BCC. She always appreciated the solid preaching and teaching from the different pastors she had throughout the years. She was active with the NOW (Widows group) and SALT (Seniors group) in her later years.

On May 18th, 1949, Ardelle married Vernon Strand at Buffalo Covenant Church. After living in California for a year while Vernon was in the Air Force, Vernon and Ardelle moved back to Monticello for the rest of their years together. Ardelle worked as a secretary to the Monticello School Superintendent for 31 years before retiring. After retirement she continued working part time for two different attorney offices until she entered full time retirement. Vernon and Ardelle loved to travel, with Branson as their favorite destination and Southern Gospel their favorite venue.

Ardelle also loved to sew-especially quilts. It was her goal to make and give each niece and great niece a quilt she had made, which she did accomplish.  She also enjoyed the challenge of making things she saw and liked in magazines out of fabric or felt, which her family will also always treasure.

Though Vernon and Ardelle were never blessed with children of their own, Ardelle will always be remembered as an aunt who was like a mom to her many nieces and nephews.

Survived by her sister Millie (Bill) Johnson, sisters-in- law, Virginia Bloomdahl and Jan Olson and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon Strand and brother Eldon Olson

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 6th, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Buffalo Covenant Church.  Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Interment at Swedish Mission Cemetery.  Pastor Reid Gilbert will officiate.

Casket Bearers will be Ron Carlson, Rich Carlson, Roger Carlson, Mark Olson, Billy Johnson, Phil Bloomdahl and Dennis Lingo.

Memorials are preferred to: Buffalo Covenant Church

Lake Beauty Bible Camp

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo MN assisted the family with funeral arrangements.



November 12, 1927 – September 28, 2022

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Carol Bitzer

    I’m sorry to read of Ardelle’s passing. She was a very dedicated employee of IDS #882 that I got to know when I started at IDS 882 in November of 1975. She was always pleasant, respectful, and kind to everyone she met. So glad I am this Christian women. Thanks Ardelle for the memories.

  2. Arlene Nesland

    I have lost a very Dear friend, but know I will see her again soon and it will be a great reunion with our husbands. We had some good times together and Vernon came out so often to visit my husband, Ben in his last weeks. Vern & Ardelle continued to be good support for me. Arlene

  3. Hank & Linda Van Erp

    We are so sorry to hear of Ardelle’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with her Family.
    Vern & Ardelle were great friends and we enjoyed our Friday evening suppers at Perkins with them for many years.
    They also were instrumental in us making Branson one of our favorite places to go.
    When we visited Ardelle a few weeks ago, we sure did not think it would be our last visit.
    You are going to be missed sweet lady.
    Hank & Linda


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