Brodhead/Juda – Ardell Rae Swedlund, age 86, passed away while surrounded by her family on February 21, 2023. Her loving husband, Harold cared for her to the end

Ardell was born on August 25, 1936 in Arlington, South Dakota, the daughter of Glenn and Evalena (Perry) Thomas.  She married Harold Swedlund in Pipestone, MN on August 21, 1953.

They have spent over 70 years together.

Ardell was a member of the Union-Oakley Methodist Church in Juda.  She worked for over 15 years at Advance Transformer in Monroe before running her in Home Care Center for adults at her home for many years.  Ardell and Harold have also fostered over 20 children over the years. Ardell enjoyed crocheting, reading and going to rummage sales in the summer.  She spent most of her life caring for others, family, foster children and disabled adults.

Ardell is survived by her husband, Harold; 4 children, Rocky (Clare) Swedlund, Andy (Marie) Swedlund, Judy (Mike) Hale and Sam (Denise) Swedlund; 15 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; 4 sisters, Lois Lawler, Louise Solem, Alice Phillips and Myrna Losquadro (John Cullen) and many other nieces, nephews and relatives and friends.

Ardell was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Evalena and 3 brothers-in-law, Dan, Don and Wally.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the family in Ardell’s memory.

Funeral services will be held at the Union-Oakley United Methodist Church, W2388 Gerber Road, Juda WI on Monday, February 27, 2023 at 11:00 AM.  A visitation will also be held at the church on Monday from 9:00 AM until the time of service.  Burial will conclude at the Union-Oakley United Methodist Cemetery.

The DL Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead is assisting the family with arrangements.