Ardella Schwenke

  Memorial Mass and Rosary for Ardella A. Schwenke will be held on Friday, August 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orleans, Nebraska with Father Maurice Current officiating.  Inurnment will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Minden Cemetery, Minden, Nebraska.

Due to health concerns, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic; current CDC and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for Faith-Based Services and Gatherings will be followed.  The Schwenke family sincerely encourages each person to make their decision whether to attend Ardella’s services, based on the best interest of your health, and that of your community.  The services will be live-streamed via the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home Facebook page.

Ardella Ann Schwenke, 87 years of age, of Alma, Nebraska, formerly of Orleans, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society – Colonial Villa in Alma.  Ardella was born on February 22, 1933, in Franklin County, Nebraska, near Upland, Nebraska, fourth of six children born to Earl and Henrietta (Detrick) Graham.  She graduated from Upland High School with the class of 1950.

On March 26, 1951, Ardella was united in marriage to Roger E. Schwenke at St. John’s Catholic Church in Minden, Nebraska and to this union three children were born: Susan, Pat, and Tim.  

Ardella worked at Apple Kays in Orleans for six years and worked at Paddington’s Station in Orleans.  She enjoyed sewing, cooking, ceramics, and playing BINGO, Bridge, and Solitaire.

She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Altar Society in Orleans.  

Ardella was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers:  Marvin (Jovine) Graham; Burdette (Judy) Graham; and James (Bev) Graham; one sister, Elaine Deppe; and two brothers-in-law:  Richard Bose; and Bernie (Donna) Schwenke.

Ardella leaves to celebrate her life; her husband of 69 years, Roger Schwenke of the Colonial Villa in Alma; her three children:  Susan Yant and her husband, John of Minden; Pat Rankin and her husband, Dennis of rural Oxford; and Tim Schwenke and his wife, Enid of Springfield, Missouri; seven grandchildren:  Brock (Tara) Yant; Christina (Mark) Patefield; Trevor (Cindee) Hogeland; Lilian Herout; Adam (Mal) Schwenke; Rachel Schwenke; and Rebekah Schwenke; nine great-grandchildren: Brody Yant; Holly, Weston, Lauren, and Graham Patefield; Gage, Payton, and Kaden Herout; and Nyla Schwenke; three step great-grandchildren:  Sean Scott, Jakoby Loibl, and Shaylee (Jason) Osburn; two step great-great-grandchildren: Willa, and Penelope Osburn; sister, Jeannie Bose of Holdrege Memorial Homes; brother-in-law, William “ Bill” Deppe of Montana; along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

There will be no visitation or viewing.  The family has honored her wish for cremation.   

A memorial has been established in Ardella’s honor and kindly suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orleans and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Alma.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at 

The Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Alma is in charge of the arrangements.