September 16, 2019

Ardath A. Church

Died April 18, 2019


Ardath Ann Church, 97, of Rose City went into Glory on the morning of April 18, 2019.

She was born July 16, 1921, in Lawton, a daughter of the late Olive V. Pillsbury-Sheldon and Earl B. Sheldon.

Ardath was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, William Roland Church II. They had six children, Nancy Balla, Renee Church, Bill Church, Julianne Green, Peggy Johnson and Josette Oleksik.

Ardath Church was a devoted Christian, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and community servant. She had a beautiful life enriched with 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She was very active in her community volunteering throughout the years in the historical society, Red Hats of Florida and Lioness Women’s Club of Rose City, was a member of the United Methodist Women, a 4-H class leader in cooking, and she also aided in the operations and bookkeeping of her husband's business. She graduated from West Branch High School in 1938 and enjoyed many friendships from there and throughout her community. She also enjoyed gardening and cards; you could always see a twinkle in her eye when the cards came out.

She will be dearly missed by family and numerous friends.

Ardath is survived by children, Nancy (Carl) Balla, Peggy (Bill) Johnson and Josette Oleksik; and grandchildren, Mark (Tonya) Balla, Steve (Sherry) Balla, Jill (Steve) Shaw, Lindy (Matthew) Hazel, Kevin (Mia) Church, Christopher (Helen) Church, Lisa (Collin) Ricks, Kellie (Jacob) Miller, Brandon Rosebrugh, Paul Rosebrugh, Heidi (Marie) Galore, Darren (Renee) Rosebrugh, Sara (Rob) Suba, Christopher (Trisha) Green, Nichole (Kevin) Cronin, Zack (Brittany) Kutchin and Ezekiel Kutchin.

Ardath was preceded in death by spouse, William Roland Church II; parents, Earl B. Sheldon and Olive V. Pillsbury-Sheldon; siblings, Robert Sheldon, Marian Matthews, Donna Rakestraw and Betty Freda; children, Renee Sue Church, William Roland Church III and Julianne Kay Green; grandchildren, Benjamin William Church and Tessa Marie Kutchin.

Viewing will be Friday, April 26, from 1-9 p.m. and a funeral service will be held April 27 at 1 p.m. at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Homes, 611 Bennett St., Rose City, MI 48654. Following the funeral service there will be a graveside ceremony and a luncheon at the fellowship hall, Trinity United Methodist Church, 125 W. Main St., Rose City.


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