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January 13, 1928 – Sunday, November 4, 2012

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN
Saturday, November 10, 2012
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Saturday, November 10, 2012
beginning at 10:00 A.M.

Ardis Janet Kiernan, age 84, of Monticello and formerly of Buffalo passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2012.

She was born on January 13, 1928 in Waconia the daughter of Valentine & Alice (Johnson) Hartmann.

On September 2, 1950, Ardis J. Hartmann and Daniel P. Kiernan were joined in marriage at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia. God blessed their marriage with seven children.

She was formerly employed as a teacher in Maple Lake.

Ardis also was a longtime, faithful member of The Church of St. Francis in Buffalo.

Through the years, she enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, reading, playing scrabble and was a great cook. She volunteered at the Buffalo Food Shelf, Buffalo Hospital and spent many hours sewing bedrolls for the homeless.

Survived by husband: Daniel P. Kiernan; children: John (Avie) Kiernan of Chester, Virginia, Mary Kiernan of St. Paul, Maggie Kiernan of Big Lake, Pat Kiernan (Stan James) of Chanhassen, Bridget (Steve) Weis of South Haven, T.D. (John) Gibbs of Bloomington and Tom (Julie) Kiernan of Buffalo; fourteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren; two sisters: Gladys Siegle and Joan Siegle; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents and by two brothers: Alvin and Carl Hartmann.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ardis Kiernan will be held on Saturday, November 10th at 11:00 A.M. at The Church of St. Francis in Buffalo. A time of gathering will be held on Saturday, November 10th at the church beginning at 10:00 A.M. A lunch will be held immediately following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Buffalo Food Shelf.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sue Walters Austin

    T.D. and family,
    I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Dale Huro

    To the Kiernan family; I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was one of the sweetest ladies that I have ever known. It was an honor to have known her.

  3. Mary Jo Gapinski

    Tom and Julie Family;
    Sorry to hear about your mom passing away. She was my English teacher at Maple Lake High School when I was 7th grade class.

  4. Mary Ellen (Klein) Cain

    Mary: So sorry to hear about your mother passing away. I have always loved her – I did make it to an open house birthday party for her a few years back when all of you had one for her @ the Community Center in Buffalo, but haven’t heard from you or your family since. Remember back when we were 6 years old and I stayed @ your house in town by the railroad tracks, we would stay up late looking out the upstairs bedroom window as the Soo Line train roared through. I thought that was so cool, ’cause I couldn’t even hear it out in the country where I lived. And not to mention the interesting rides in the little VW Bug – large family – that was fun – it always was when I stayed @ your place. Now the years have moved us apart – I would’ve come to your mother’s services had I known they were yesterday. It would’ve been wonderful to see all of your family again. I will keep you in my prayers and donate to the food shelf on your mother’s behalf. You and your family were truly blessed with your Mother!

  5. Carol Bundgaard (Ramthun)

    I’m still saddened when I think of your mom’s passing. She was such a delightful person. I shared so many fun days, as a kid with your family, sitting under the apple trees, playing red light green light, piano, while watching your mom work in her lovely garden. She’ll be missed. Randy and I will send a donation to the food shelf.


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