Ardith Elaine 'Ardie' Sander

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Ardith Elaine “Ardie” Sander, 85, of Boscobel, passed away on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fennimore, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. 

She was born Dec. 21, 1932, in Citron Valley, rural Steuben, the third child of Alton and Mildred (Ward) Fortney. She married William Sander on March 24, 1954, at the Salem United Methodist Church in Eastman. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 2017. Bill and Ardie farmed together on Niland Ridge between Wauzeka and Steuben until retiring and moving to Boscobel in 2005. 

She is survived by three daughters, Sue (Greg) Hurda, Boscobel; Janet (Rob) Lathrop, Boscobel; Judy Lange, Prairie du Chien; one son, Fred (Tammy) Sander, Boscobel; 12 grandchildren, Tyan (Bill) Hying, Muscoda; Kaylee Hurda (John Paetz), Boscobel; Kyle (Vicki) Sander, Boscobel; Elisha (Jason) Jaedike, Plain; Delaine Hurda, Cannon Falls, Minn.; Kristin Sander, Blue River; Kari Sander, Boscobel; Brianna (Kenny) Schumacher, Madison; Danielle Lathrop, Winona, Minn.; Karl (Kayla) Sander, Boscobel; Bridgette Lange (Dalton Hardy), Cadott; Kasey (Chelssi) Lathrop, Boscobel; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters Marion Austin, Laughlin, Nev., and Celia (Don) Rose, Prairie du Chien; a brother, Stan (Bonnie) Fortney, Boscobel; sisters-in-law, Wilma Rounds, Boscobel; Lena Tainter, Gays Mills; Irene Cudney, Beloit; Alma Schleicher, Cassville; Mary (Jinx) Walters, Wauzeka; Emily (Jim) Jeglum, Reeseville; Teresa Sander, Steuben; and Phyllis Sander, Wauzeka;bbrothers-in-law John Sander, La Crosse; Jim Sander and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Arlene Caldwell and Audrey Walker, brothers LeRoy Fortney and Bernard Fortney, and two great-grandsons, Miles Davis and Donovan Sander. 

Ardith was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for large family gatherings. Everyone loved her chicken and noodles, Swiss steak, potato salad, taco salad and homemade pies. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, bingo, and “going to the boat.” Her greatest joy was spending time with family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. at Century Hall in Wauzeka. Pastor Lance Wetter will officiate. Burial will be in the Wauzeka Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel. Friends may also call on Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Century Hall in Wauzeka. Online condolences can be sent to

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