Ardith (Ardy) (Ellis) Boehmke
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 3:00 AM
Ardith (Ardy) (Ellis) Boehmke, 88, Crivitz resident and daughter of the late Clarence and Signora (Christiansen) Ellis, passed away June 23, 2014 in Green Bay.
Ardy was born in Marinette on April 26, 1926, and graduated from Marinette High School. She attended Milwaukee Business School and spent 19 years as a Bank Teller at First Wisconsin National Bank in Milwaukee. Upon retirement, she and her husband moved from Milwaukee to Crivitz, Wis. She married Donald Boehmke in August 1947 and the couple would have celebrated their 67th Wedding Anniversary this year. They raised three children together: oldest son, Bryon (Jolayne), Crivitz, only daughter, Cindy (Jerry) Herrell, Crivitz, and youngest son, Tom (Judy), Porterfield. She was especially proud of her seven grandchildren: Jason Herrell (Erin), Adam Herrell (Taylor), Andy Herrell (Amanda), Nick Boehmke (Naomi), Melissa Boehmke (Devon), Heather Wold (Jason), and Rachel Boehmke. Ardy also had two great-grandchildren: Isaiah Krstrerva and Alexus Wold. Ardy also had three brothers: Clarence, (one of the first combat casualties of World War II from Marinette, Elmer (Mary Jane), Marinette, Richard (Charlotte), Marinette; three sisters: Eileen, Betty (Louie) DeGroot, Arizona and Charlotte (Jim) Davis, Kokomo, Ind. Her brother, Elmer; sister, Charlotte and brother-in-law survive.
Ardy’s baking prowess was well known in the Crivitz area, especially her Rhubarb Custard Pie, “boat” bars, chocolate cherry cake with fudge frosting, along with many specialty cakes, pies, tarts, pumpkin squares, and cookies. Ardy received several County Fair Ribbons from her baking and even received numerous “wedding proposals” in front of her husband for her baking skills. An avid quilter, she also received recognition for the quilts (all sizes) she made for family and friends. Ardy and Don spent over 35 years wintering in Pharr, Texas and had many friends at the Texas Trails RV Park, with that annual winter home experience ending only this past April. Ardy was a member Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Crivitz, and Crivitz American Legion Post 413 Ladies Auxiliary. Her entire life was devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and faith. She touched many people with her kindness, love, passion, and dedication to family and faith. She will be greatly missed and forever cherished.
Funeral Services will be conducted on Monday, June 30, at Faith EPC, Crivitz. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with a Service at 11:30 officiated by Pastor Michael Orta. Following the service, a short burial ceremony will take place in the Crivitz Cemetery and a luncheon at 12:15 at Faith ECP, 806 Fritzie Avenue, Crivitz.
Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home, Crivitz, is assisting the family with arrangements.