Ardella Wohlhuter

WELCOME – A Celebration of Life service for Ardella Wohlhuter, 89, of Welcome, Minn., will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome, with Pastor Gerald Giese officiating. Burial will be in Welcome City Cemetery.

Ardella was called to her eternal rest on Thursday evening, May 16, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Welcome, and one hour prior to the services at the church on Sunday.

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Ardella Anna Margaret Saxen was born March 13, 1924, in Manyaska Township, Martin County, Minn., to Knute and Meta (Borchardt) Saxen. She attended and later was a 1942 graduate of Welcome High School. Ardella was employed at Fairmont Railway Motors. On Sept. 17, 1947, Ardella was united in marriage to Ray Wohlhuter at Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome. After their marriage, they owned and operated the Manyaska Store in Manyaska Township until 1960, when they moved into Welcome. Ardella was employed at part-time jobs in the Welcome area. Ray died Dec. 19, 1987. Ardella continued living in Welcome. Ardella was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she participated in the Ladies Aid, (WELCA) and its Bible studies and circles. She was a member of the Welcome City Cemetery Association and enjoyed baking and cooking, playing cards and visiting with people. Spending time with family and watching the Minnesota Twins were very special to Ardella.

Survivors include her three children, sons, Ross (Cindy) Wohlhuter of Fairmont, and Lynn Wohlhuter of Owatonna, Minn.; daughter, Kay Wohlhuter of Duluth, Minn.; three grandchildren, Ross Jon (Alison) Wohlhuter of Lakeville, Minn., Emily (Ryan) Fett of Fairmont, and Jordan Wohlhuter of Adrian, Mo.; four great-grandchildren, Ethan, Ellis and Emmet Wohlhuter and Jenna Fett; brother, Donald (Janet) Saxen of Welcome; sisters-in-law, Marlys (Richard) Traetow of Fairmont and Phyllis Rudig of Stewartville, Minn.; brothers-in-law, James (Mary Ann) Wohlhuter of Welcome and Eugene Storbeck of Trimont; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Ardella was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray Wohlhuter; grandson, Wade Wohlhuter; two brothers, infant, Darvin Saxen and Ronald Saxen; sister, Elaine (Ervin) Zenk; and other relatives.