STRUM — Ardis Joan Preston, 78, of Strum, WI, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at The Classic at Hillcrest Greens in Altoona, WI.
Ardis was born April 23, 1939, in Big Creek, rural Eleva, WI, to Lawrence and Erna (Heike) Shermo. In 1957, she graduated from Eleva-Strum High School and was class Valedictorian.
Ardis married Donald Preston on April 30, 1960, in Mondovi, WI. They made their home in California and Black River Falls, WI, prior to moving to Strum in 1966. Together they started publishing The Ad-Delite shopper in 1968.
Ardis enjoyed tending her flower and vegetable gardens, traveling the country with Don and watching her family grow and flourish.
Ardis is survived by her children, Renee (Brad Vold) Preston of Strum, Chad (Jodi) Preston of Elk Mound, Valerie (Terry) Lorenz of Strum, Jill (Daniel Molitor) Preston of Eau Claire and Cynthia (Jeff) Johnston of Williams Bay; fifteen grandchildren, Rachel Preston, Molly (Brad) Nicolet, Carly, Ali and Jedediah Lorenz, Mitch and Drew Miles, Sabrina, Caleb and Jacob Johnston, Samuel, Gretchen, Jack, Annelyse and Naomi Preston; two sisters, Darlene (Richard) Pederson of Eleva and Rhonda (Jim) Stokes of Eau Claire.
Ardis was preceded in death by her husband, Don, who died on April 4, 2015, and her parents, Lawrence and Erna.
A celebration of Ardis’ life will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Osseo Evangelical Lutheran Church in Osseo, WI. Private burial will be in West Beef River Lutheran Cemetery in rural Strum.
Schiefelbein Funeral Home in Osseo is assisting the family.
Condolences may be left at http://www.schiefelbeinfh.com.