Ardyth J. Jones

PORTAGE  --  Ardyth J. Jones, age 85, of Portage, passed away on Monday morning, January 19, 2015 at home, with Herb and her daughter Sheri by her side.

Ardyth was born on July 12, 1929 in Green Bay the daughter of Frank and Myrtle (Brandt) Zwicker.  She was a 1947 graduate of Portage Senior High School.  Ardyth married Herbert Jones on June 13, 1953 at the Portage United Methodist Church.  They had been married for 62 years.  Together they owned and operated the Jones Food Mart for 13 years.  They also owned Jones Vacuum Cleaner Service for 45 years.  Ardyth was a poll worker for 34 years in the 3rd Ward, and she delivered “Meals on Wheels”.  She was a life-time member of the Portage United Methodist Church, the Pansy Rebekah Lodge #106, I.O.O.F, and Star of Bethlehem, Chapter #100 O.E.S. Ardyth was an avid square dancer.  She held offices at the local, Southwest district, and state level in the square dance organization.  She enjoyed square dancing, traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Ardyth is survived by her husband, Herbert, of Portage; her children, Richard (Diane) Jones, of Green Bay, Sheri (Lon) Chester, of Portage, and Karen Jones (Dan Brandsma) of Montello; her grandchildren, Holly (Justin) Bartz, of Pardeeville, Michael Rataczak of Portage, Kaitlyn Jones of the Peace Corps in Africa, and Nolan Jones of Madison; step-grandchildren, Jennifer (Joel) Heimerman, of Dallas, TX, Anthony Chester (Yodit Tola) of Seattle, Washington, and Adam (Jessica Labeots) Chester, of Porage; her brother-in-law Orin Jones of Pardeeville, and her sister-in-law, Kathryn Moline of Endeavor, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother-in-law, Alfred Moline and sister-in-law, Sally Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Portage United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tom Countryman officiating.  Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage, and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Mom, you were an Angel here on earth.  We learned so very much from you.  You were gentle and so kind.  You taught us how to love unconditionally and how to be the very best in all that we do.  Mom, we can never say goodbye to you;  instead we say “I Love You Mom, to the Moon and back.  Until we meet again.”  Now you are in heaven, Square Dancing as you loved to do;  in no pain.

The family would like to thank Baraboo Dialysis, Columbia Healthcare Center, Our House and Dr. Krumpos for the loving care they gave her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Portage United Methodist Church.


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