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Obituary for Ardella Gertrude (Anderson) Runchey

The Zahrbock Funeral Home of Madison, MN announces the death of 94 year old Ardella (Anderson) Runchey of Madison, who passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Dawson Nursing Home, Dawson, MN. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Faith Lutheran Church, Madison, MN. Rev. Kirk Meseck will officiate at her service. Visitation will be Monday afternoon and evening with a public prayer service Monday evening at 7:00 p.m., in the Chapel of the Zahrbock Funeral Home. Visitation will continue before services on Tuesday in the church. Ardella Gertrude Niklason was born on June 10, 1922 to parents Erik Niklason and Jenny Kleven in Minneapolis and baptized at St. Olaf Church rural Walnut Grove, MN. Ardella attended country school near Walnut Grove. In 1938 the family moved to rural Madison where Ardella attended high school. Ardella was united in marriage on December 14, 1941 to Ervin Anderson at the Ness Lutheran Church in Madison, MN. To this union four children were born Sharon Emerick (Charles Hulse) of Elk River, MN; Maureen (John) Buytaert of St. Charles,MN; Terry (Rosella) Anderson of Madison, MN; and Janell (Dennis) Thomson of Madison, MN. Ardella was also blessed with 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Ervin passed away January 4, 1977. Ardella remained a widow for ten years then found love again with Robert Runchey and they were married in 1986. She joined his family of ten children, JoAnn Runchey Manke (David) of Eagan,MN; Barbara Runchey (Robert Gjorvad) of Marshall, MN; Catherine Daters (Bill) of Eldridge, IA; Michael Runchey of Minneapolis; Richard Runchey (Jennifer) of Springboro, OH; Jane Runchey of Marshall, MN; Susan Muhl (Keith) of Watertown, SD; Patrick Runchey (Jill) of Texas; Sara Runchey (Jim Smalley) of Marshall, MN. In this union Ardella was also blessed with twenty grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Ardella spent the first part of her life in the Haydenville/Madison area as a farm wife and raising her children. Her special gift was playing piano by ear and being part of Toby’s Playmors and Jolly Vikings band along with Ervin, playing many years for old time dances. Ardella also enjoyed camping and spent many years on Lake Miltona near Alexandria, MN. After moving to Marshall, she and Bob enjoyed traveling, spending winters in Texas where they enjoyed dancing and tutoring elementary school children. Throughout her life Ardella thoroughly enjoyed cooking and entertaining many friends and family. Ardella was truly a symbol of friendliness and radiated her happy disposition to all she met. Ardella is survived by two sisters, Joyce Sjolie of Reno, NV and Jeanette Harris of San Antonio, TX and sister-in-law Patty Niklason of Webster, WI. Thirteen children, thirty one grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her parents, husbands Ervin Anderson and Robert Runchey, son Tom Runchey and grandson Riley Mujwid, brothers: Einar (Phyllis) Niklason and Allan Niklason and brothers-in-law Ivan Harris and Harold Sjolie. Blessed be her memory.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 11:00 AM
The Zahrbock Funeral Home of Madison, MN announces the death of 94 year old Ardella (Anderson) Runchey of Madison, who passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Dawson Nursing Home, Dawson, MN. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Faith Lutheran Church, Madison, MN. Rev. Kirk Meseck will officiate at her service. Visitation will be Monday afternoon and evening with a public prayer service Monday evening at 7:00 p.m., in the Chapel of the Zahrbock Funeral Home. Visitation will continue before services on Tuesday in the church. Ardella is survived by her children; Sharon Emerick and friend (Chuck Hulse) of Elk River, MN, Maureen (John) Butaert of St. Charles, MN, Terry (Rosella) Anderson of Madison, MN and Janell (Dennis) Thomson of Louisburg. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Two sisters; Joyce (Harold) Sjolie and Jeanette (Ivan) Harris.


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