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Ardys (Lindell) Mandt

June 22, 1922 ~ February 28, 2018 (age 95)

Ardys Irene Lindell Melby Olson Mandt died February 28, 2018 at Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo.

Ardys was born June 22, 1922 in rural Park River to P. Arthur and Anetta (Stenerson) Lindell. She was the fourth of six children. She graduated from Edinburg High School in 1940 and went to Deaconess Registered Nursing program, graduating on June 21, 1943. In October 1943, she married James A. Melby in Grafton and they had three children. She worked as an RN at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Grafton until 1964. James Melby died in 1968. She married Almer B. Olson in 1972 and worked at the Bagley hospital and was the Director of Nursing at the Fosston nursing home and lived in rural Gonvick, MN. Almer passed away in 1983. She continued to live on the farm after Almer died, moving into Clearbrook in 1989. In summer 1996, her high school sweetheart, Leonard Mandt, contacted her and they were married in Oakley, CA in late 1996, where they lived until 2006. Leonard passed away in 2006 and Ardys moved to Fargo in 2007. She moved to Bethany on 42nd in 2015, and to Sheyenne Crossings after a fall in December.

Ardys delighted in seeing pictures of family on Facebook and enjoyed all the people she met each place she lived. She was Gramma to many. She is dearly missed.

Ardys is survived by: her three children, Arlys (Darryl) Sander, Larimore, ND and Mesa, AZ, Gale (Bob) Kirkeby, West Fargo, ND, and John Melby, Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren- Lynda (Richard) Risan, Blake Sander, Katrina Kirkeby and Tyson Kirkeby; great-granddaughters Alexa (Ryan) Grubb, Samantha Risan and Michelle Risan. She is also survived by an aunt, Ann Stenerson, VA, and two brothers, George Lindell, Edinburg, ND, and Alfred (MaryAnn) Lindell, Fairdale, ND and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Step children: Steve Olson, Terry Olson, Richard Olson; Richard (Sue) Mandt, Leona (Mike) Capistrant, and Roger (Debbie) Mandt, and numerous step grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Clayton Wallace (Wally) Lindell, sisters Adeline Windingland and Dorothy Kluge, and sisters-in-law Ann Lindell and Vicky Lindell.

A Celebration of Life service will be held this summer in Grafton, ND.

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