Ardath A. Valdahl, age 87 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at Scenic Manor Nursing Home in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Ardath Ann Bang was born in Austin on November 4, 1932, to Helmer and Anita (Tucker) Bang. She graduated from Austin High School in 1950 and called the community home for her entire life.
On May 27, 1951, Ardath married Charles Valdahl at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Wendy and Mari. Ardath was known for her kindness, which is something for which she consistently prayed. She was a woman of great faith and found immense joy in caring for her family, friends and church congregation. She was an animal-lover and talented baker who delivered many batches of desserts to the church and her neighbors. Ardath worked at St. Olaf Hospital for more than 35 years.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Charles Valdahl of Austin (living in Iowa Falls); daughters, Wendy (Terry) Voigt of Lakeway, Texas, and Mari (Tony) Thies of Iowa Falls; four grandchildren, Kelly (Mike) Howard, Kirsten (Jeremy) Frederickson, Jaime (Jeff) Vieth, and Brodie Thies; six great grandchildren, Brycen Vilmain, Kieran Howard, Soren Howard, Raina Howard, Arkyn Howard, and Paxton Vieth. She was preceded in death by her parents, Helmer and Anita Bang; and one brother, Bob Bang.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to Our Saviors Lutheran Church and Bethany Lutheran Church in Iowa Falls.
Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.