Pauline Ardelle Wiltsie

March 20, 1930 Ė June 11, 2010

Pauline Ardelle Wiltsie (nee Indahl), known to everyone as Ardelle, peacefully passed away after 80 years of life Friday, June 11, 2010.

Ardelle was born the first child of Harry and Blanche Indahl in La Crosse on March 20, 1930. She and her two siblings, Joyce and Robert, grew up on the familyís dairy farm in the town of West Salem. She graduated West Salem High School in 1948 and attended La Crosse Vocational School, pursuing a degree in business and bookkeeping.

On June 20, 1949, Ardelle was united in marriage to Delbert Harold Wiltsie, originally from Dubuque, Iowa, at the Presbyterian Church in West Salem. The Indahlís farm happened to be on Delís milk-hauling route so, indeed, "the farmerís daughter" met and married "the milk man."

Ardelle and Del were blessed with two sons and two daughters, and lived in various Wisconsin cities including Onalaska, Tomah, West Allis, Hartland and New Berlin over the years, finally retiring in Sussex.

As a life-long homemaker, Ardelle occupied herself with flower and vegetable gardening and pie baking. As a mother, she was always there for her children with strong family values. She was a loving, faithful wife to her husband of 46 years, and a dearly-loved sister. Additionally, Ardelle was a talented artist with an affinity for sketching and drawing Ė especially portraits of people and animals. She also enjoyed socializing with close lady friends, reading mysteries, playing cards and working crossword puzzles.

A Sabbath keeper for 45 years, Ardelle had a strong and abiding faith in God. Along with her husband and children, she developed close associations and countless friends among the brethren in the World Wide Church of God, United Church of God and others. She and Del were very dedicated to the church and its brethren, spending much of their time involved in the choir, fundraisers, special events and the numerous/varied tasks needed to nurture Godís people. We would like to thank all the many friends for their immeasurable service to Ardelle and Del in their final years.

Ardelle Indahl Wiltsie will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by surviving family members, including her sister, Joyce Hemker, and brother, Robert (Karen) Indahl, all of West Salem. She is survived by her four children, Michael (Dona) Wiltsie of Hartford, Pat Wiltsie of Waukesha, Holly (Roger) Swenson of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Peggy (Don) Wales of Hartford; four grandchildren, Michelle Meronek (fiance Kelly-Jeau Larson) of Hilbert, Shawn (Michelle Wolff) Wiltsie of Darlington, Md., Wayne Wiltsie of Waukesha and Angela Wiltsie of Havre de Grace, Md.; two step-grandsons, Jonathan and Alex Swenson of Poplar Bluff; five greatgrandchildren, Jacob and Joseph Meronek, Tiberius Larson, Aidan Wiltsie and Baby Larson on-the-way; four sisters-in-law, Andrea "Dolly" Wiltsie of Tomah, Leatrice "Lea" Wiltsie of Tomah/Scottsdale, Ariz., Mary Wiltsie of Black River Falls and Phyllis Raleigh of Scottsdale; three generations of nieces and nephews; other relatives and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; father-/mother-in-law; her beloved husband, Del (August 1995); and brothers-/sisters-in-law, Leonard Hemker, Richard Wiltsie, Angeline Wiltsie, Robert Wiltsie, Betty Wiltsie and Clinton Wiltsie.

The family of Ardelle Wiltsie expresses their deepest gratitude and appreciation to all of the staff and volunteers at Manor Care Health Services-Pewaukee, who gave their selfless, gracious, attentive care, friendship and love to Ardelle during her 10 years as a resident there. They were her second family and we are truly thankful for their service to our family and every life they touch.

A celebration of life will be held from 5 p.m. until the 7 p.m. service Friday, June 18, at the E.B. Shurts Building, 810 W. College Ave., Waukesha. A private burial and inurnment will be at Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.

Shimon Funeral Home, 673-9500, is serving the family.