Ardella Lutgen Flaschenriem of Watkins died Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins, with her family by her side. She was 95.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, and 9-10:45 a.m. Thursday, at the church.
Ardella Lahr was born Dec. 14, 1923, the eldest daughter of Aloys and Rose (Witzman) Lahr. She and her five siblings were raised on a farm a few miles west of St. Nicholas. Ardella grew up during the days when horses were used for all farm work, and milking by hand was the norm. She shared many stories of the various chores that needed to be done as she grew up on the farm.
Ardella married Ignatius “Iggy” Lutgen in November 1945. Together they owned and operated Lutgen’s Bar and Grocery Store in St. Nicholas while raising their five children. Ignatius died suddenly in 1968 at the age of 46. She later married Wilfred Flaschenriem in May 1971 and helped raise a second family of five step-children.
Ardella was active and very proud of her church in St. Nicholas, being a life-long member (95 years). She spent many hours working behind the bar with her husband Iggy, and later with her son Allen. She was always ready for a game of euchre with any and all who came in the door, only retiring at age 80. Ardella was an active gardener with numerous flower gardens, and she was known for her homemade horseradish and Christmas popcorn balls. She loved to embroider, and gifted all her grandchildren with sets of dish towels.
Ardella was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, sister Genevieve Binsfeld, two infant brothers, step-daughter Susan Flaschenriem, and brother-in-law Richard Van Heel.
She is survived by her children Roger (and Mary Ann) Lutgen, Allen Lutgen, Shirley Lutgen, Ken (and Betty) Lutgen, and Jim (and Anita) Lutgen; stepchildren Deb (and John) Magedanz, David Flaschenriem, Linda (and Tom) Faber, and Karen (and Bob) Sermon; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings Elmer (and Florence) Lahr, Delores Van Heel, Cecelia (and Elmer) Hennen, Geraldn (and Delores) Lahr; and brother-in-law Jim Binsfeld.
A very special “thank you” to the whole staff at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins for the wonderful care Mom received over the last few years, and especially a heartfelt “thank you” to Lu-Lu.
Arrangements were by Wenner Funeral Home.