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Ardis Zirbel Sweezo

Ardis Susanna Zirbel Sweezo

August 23rd, 1923 - August 8th, 2019
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Obituary

Ardis Bergan Zirbel Sweezo, 95, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Jenkins Living Center.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown with Reverend Robert Waite officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Monday, August 12, 2019 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel.

Interment will be at Bergen Cemetery, near South Shore, SD.

Ardis Susanna Bergan Zirbel Sweezo, the daughter of Torsten N. and Bertha (Ness) Bergan, was born on August 23, 1923 on the Bergan Farm in Dexter Township, Codington County, South Dakota. Both of her parents came to America from Norway. Ardis grew up on the family farm and attended country schools. After graduating from Florence High School, Ardis attended Northern State University in Aberdeen earning her teaching degree. She ran a little country store, and taught country schools in Day County and Codington County, and later taught elementary grades in South Shore and Florence, South Dakota.

From 1954 to 1955 she played on the Hazel, South Dakota softball team as a guest catcher and won the Women’s State Fastpitch Softball Tournament.

Ardis married Eldomar Zirbel on June 16, 1946 at the Bergen Lutheran Church and to this union a son and daughter were born. After Eldomar passed away, Ardis married Harry Sweezo.

Ardis was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, a member of ELKS Wives & Widows, and a member of SDEA. She was on the election board of the townships of Sheridan and Dexter.

Ardis loved spending time with her family and reading. She also enjoyed gardening, golf, softball, bowling, and hunting pheasants, ducks and geese.

Ardis is survived by her children, Steven (Monica) Zirbel of Watertown; her daughter, Fran (Dean Nelsen) Zirbel of Golden Colorado, five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; seven brothers, Norman, Carl, Robert, Harry, Thomas, Alf and Howard Bergan; two sisters, Marie Sikkink and Mildred "Mim" Stee; her Great Grandson, Daniel James Jackson; and her stepson, Harry Sweezo Jr.; and stepdaughter, Marj Peterson.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel, www.wightandcomes.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday August 12th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00am
    When
    Monday August 12th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00am
    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Service

    Tuesday August 13th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday August 13th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Robert Waite
  • Interment

    Location
    Bergen Cemetery
    Address
    SOUTH SHORE, SD
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  • Reception

    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Lunch will be served at the funeral chapel before burial.

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Kari powell

Posted at 11:04pm
So many good memories of just visiting with her and the knowledge she shared. I am truly blessed to have known her and her family.
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Robert Bergan, Jan & Daryl Stock

Posted at 10:09am
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Marsha A Kapp

Posted at 09:09am
I am so sorry to hear of Ardy's passing. I will always remember the first time I met her and her sister, Mim, at your house on Thanksgiving a few years ago. I had such a great time listening to the stories and laughing. She is at peace now. Prayers for your entire family.
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Kathi & Don Bisgard

Posted at 10:17pm
With cherished memories & heart-felt thanks, we remember Aunt Ardy for the joy she shared with us through the years. Extending our love & prayers,
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Jan Larson

Posted at 02:13am
Steve and Fran so sorry for the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with your family . Sending my sincere condolences.Jan Thorson Larson
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