STRATFORD – Ardelle Phipps, 90, of 1124 Washington Street in Stratford, Iowa passed away, surrounded by her family, on Saturday morning, February 16, 2013 at the Boone County Hospital in Boone.

Ardelle Beatrice Berglund was born on December 20, 1922, the daughter of Johan Emil and Carrie Louise (Wistrom) Berglund at their home near Stratford.

She attended the Monson School in Hardin Township and graduated from Stratford High School in 1940.

On August 30, 1941, she was united in marriage to Arthur Andrew Larson and they were blessed with three daughters and one son. They farmed south of Stratford. Arthur passed away in February of 1962. On January 25, 1964, she was united in marriage to Ernst Ashley Phipps and they were blessed with one daughter.

As a child, she attended Swede Bend Mission Covenant Church and later joined the Stratford Lutheran Church, where she led Sunday School openings, sang in the choir, was active in the women’s group, and sang many solos for funerals and weddings. Ardelle was known for her love of music, her compassion for others, and her strong faith and determination.

She served on the Stratford Community School Board, the Boone County Library Board, and the Swedish Foundation of the Swede Bend Settlement. She was the organist at the Stratford Lutheran Church for 35 years and worked at CDS in Stratford and Boone for 15 years, retiring at age 80.

Her parents; husbands Art Larson in February of 1962 and Ashley Phipps in November of 1981; three brothers Raymond, Paul, and Carl Berglund; four sisters Mabel Berglund in infancy, Marie Hoff, Elsie Lind, and Velva Hotchkiss; a grandson Michael Scott Krell; and a great-grandson Mark Raymond Johnson preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children Judy (Rev. Carroll) Lang of Ft. Dodge, Marilyn (Jim) Krell of Boone, Donald (Nancy) Larson, Emlyn Larson, and Diane (Kyle) Leeds all of Stratford; grandchildren Nicole Lang (husband Todd Letsche), Inga (Adam) Sanford, Timothy Krell, Kristina Krell, Kathleen (Randy) Johnson, Nannette (Ron) Spier, Christopher (Sarah) Larson, Charles (Sharon) Larson; Austin, Cainon, Ashley, Cavin, and Alaura Leeds; great-grandchildren Jessica Johnson, Emilee (Caleb) Johnson, Megan and Elli Larson, Taylore and Aaron Spier, Alyssa Larson; Morgan, Kristen, and Cole Bennett, Allison Letsche, Karina and Johann Sanford; sisters-in-law Marilyn Berglund and Norma Berglund Seim; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon, February 19th, at 1:30 p.m. at the Stratford Lutheran Church in Stratford with Pastor Joe Lambert officiating.

Interment will be in the Mineral Ridge Cemetery in Ridgeport, Iowa.

Friends may call at the Stratford Lutheran Church on Monday evening, February 18th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family present during that time to greet friends. Visitations will continue on Tuesday prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial may direct their gift to the family for a memorial to be selected later.

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Stark-Welin Funeral Directors in Stratford is in charge of arrangements.