A Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie for Gerald C. “Jerry” Ardolf, 70 year old resident of Long Prairie, MN, who passed away on Wednesday, January 25 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Cloud. Father Mark Willenbring will officiate and burial will be in St Mary’s cemetery in Long Prairie. Friends and relatives may call from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Stein Chapel in Long Prairie.
Gerald Carl Ardolf was born on January 23, 1942 in Glencoe, MN to the late Carl and Erma (Schroeder) Ardolf. In approximately 1956, the family moved to Long Prairie and in 1960, Jerry graduated from LP High School. Jerry then entered into the U.S. Air Force and served on a base overseas in Okinawa, Japan. The education and work he performed as a mechanic and repairman in the Air Force served him well in future years. Upon his honorable discharge in 1964, Jerry continued his education at Wahpeton School of Science in North Dakota. He then embarked full time in his occupation of installing, maintaining, and repairing refrigeration equipment. In 1971, Jerry’s Refrigeration was started and continues to operate to this day. Jerry was united in marriage to Kathy Hoelscher on Nov. 27, 1976 in Browerville. Together they had two children. They later divorced, but remained friends.
Jerry was active in his community, serving as an usher for many years at his church, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel, and as a member of the Long Prairie American Legion Post #12 and the National Rifle Association. Jerry was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and traveling, particularly a trip he took with his children to Hawaii.
Jerry will be dearly missed by his children, Kristyne Ardolf of St. Cloud and John Ardolf of Long Prairie; sister-in-law, Janet Ardolf of Maple Grove, MN; other family and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Duane Ardolf.
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