Ardella Reiswig, 82, of Harvey, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at St. Aloisius Nursing Home in Harvey.
Ardella Violet Reiswig was born April 17, 1930, near Butte. She was the daughter of William and Mae (Wenko) Kostenko. The family moved to the Killdeer area where she attended grade school. Ardella graduated from Sheyenne River Seventh-day Adventist Academy in Harvey in 1948. Ardella and Berdette Reiswig were united in marriage on Aug. 29, 1948, in Harvey. They lived and farmed south of Harvey. In 1962 they moved to their current farm southeast of Harvey along the James River. They had two children, Renaye and Kent.
Ardella was a homemaker and also a clerk for the N.D. Stockmen's Association. She and Irene Bechthold operated the Harvey Livestock Auction Cafe in Harvey for several years.
Ardella was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and their Dorcas Society. She was a Sabbath school teacher and assisted with many other church activities. She also participated in weekend singing bands at the St. Aloisius Nursing Home. "Del" was a generous hostess and often treated her guests to her renowned "German kuchen." She decorated her yard with flowers and grew a huge garden that included a special variety of cucumbers from seeds that were saved from year to year, passed down from her mother's ancestors in Russia. Ardella entered the St. Aloisius Nursing Home in Harvey in April 2012.
Ardella is survived by: her husband; daughter, Renaye (Al) Wartner, of Jamestown; son, Kent (DeNae) Reiswig, of Randolph, Minn.; three grandchildren, Chris Reiswig, Tara Reiswig Darst and Jeff Wartner; three great-grandchildren, Ian, Nora and Launa; two sisters, Marlys Alvarez, of Pasadena, Calif., and Margaret Scheresky, of Boise, Idaho.
Ardella was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Arthur Kostenko.
Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m., in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Harvey.
Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Harvey.
Visitation will be Sunday, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey.