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Ardyce V. Klette

January 26, 1921 August 10, 2009
Ardyce V. Klette
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St. Albans - Ardyce V. (Amundson) Klette, 88, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and summer visitor of St. Albans, passed away Monday, August 10, 2009. She was born on January 26, 1921. She was raised on a dairy farm in Cokato, Minnesota where she acquired a strong work ethic. She attended college at the Northwestern School of Nursing and the University of Minnesota, graduating as a Registered Nurse, and immediately joined the U.S. Army, serving as a first lieutenant with the 129th evacuation Hospital in Germany during the European theater of WWII. As she dealt daily with gravely wounded and dying GI’s she learned to be both brave and compassionate and received the Bronze Star. Ardyce is registered in the Women in Military Service Memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery. She received an Honorable Discharge in1946 and continued her nursing career as a supervising nurse at the VA hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. After retirement, Ardyce and her husband, George Klette, moved from Shaker Heights, Ohio and lived between Florida and Maine where they developed many new and genuine friendships. In Florida, Ardyce was a member of the Isla Del Sol Country Club in St. Petersburg and was active in both tennis and golf. Ardyce loved to paint and several of her paintings are still displayed in the homes of friends. After her husband died in 1994, Ardyce spent summers in St. Albans with her son, Doug and daughter-in-law, Carol, and she developed a group of wonderfully authentic and loving friends in the community. She was delighted to join the Bishop Street Artists group and deeply appreciated the love and encouragement she received from all the members. They enriched her life and kept her going! Ardyce will perhaps best be remembered for her kind and gentle nature, her wisdom, her courage, and her incredibly quick wit. She made people laugh her entire life and they loved her for her gift of humor. She was able to raise people’s spirit in even the bleakest of situations. Ardyce was an active member of the Heights Christian Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and more recently of the Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. She believed in God and strived to live a compassionate Christian life. This summer, as her health declined, Ardyce greatly appreciated the gentle patience of Pharmacist, David Knights, at Rite Aid, the upbeat loving care she received from Judy and Dr. Frank Zsoldos, and the merciful help she received at the Northwestern Medical Center during her final hours. Ardyce always said, “There is a time to live and time to die.” They gave her love and phenomenally compassionate care as she approached her passing. Ardyce leaves behind: her son, Douglas Klette, and daughter-in-law, Carol Klette with whom she has lived for several summers. Each grew in maturity and wisdom from this opportunity; her grandson, Erik Klette, who acquired Ardyce’s loving heart and wonderful sense of humor; her grandson, Grayson Klette; Erik’s partner Robin Hartley and her son Christian; brother and sister-in-laws: John and Emily Klette, and Mae Amundson; nieces and nephews: Ruth Klette, Eloise Amundson, Mark Amundson, and Kathy Devine. The internment ceremony will be held on August 27 at the Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. A memorial service will be held in January at the Pass-A-Grill Beach Community Church in January in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northwestern Medical Center Palliative Care Fund, 133 Fairfield St., St. Albans, VT 05478. Private messages of condolence to Ardyce’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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