Ardyce Hoffert, 64, Bismarck, passed away peacefully at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck surrounded by her loving family on March 29, 2014. This marked the end of her two-year battle with leukemia.
A celebration of her life and joy she brought to the world will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 3, at Church of Corpus Christi, Bismarck, with Rev. Paul Becker officiating. Private burial will be held on Friday, April 4, at St. Mary's Cemetery, Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, where a vigil/rosary will begin at 7 p.m.
Ardyce was born Feb. 24, 1950, in Kenmare, to Vernie and Bernice Johnson. She grew up on a farm at Donnybrook, one of seven siblings. She graduated from Minot State University, earning her degree in elementary education. While at Minot State, she met her loving husband, Ken. Married on June 10, 1972, they went on to raise three children. Because of Ken's career, they relocated several times throughout the Midwest and southern United States. In 1989, Ardyce and her family settled in Bismarck, where she worked at the State Capitol and later at St. Alexius Medical Center, where she worked until last fall.
Ardyce was a loving and caring mother whose primary passion was her family's happiness. She provided a joyful welcoming home for her family and at day's end was ready to hear about their events. She was an excellent cook and her family has many memories of times spent around the kitchen table enjoying home-cooked meals.
Ardyce's most avid hobby was quilting. She shared her passion by giving quilts as gifts to many family members and friends. She made quilts for significant events in people's lives, including everyone she knew who was expecting a baby.
During her later years, she and her husband enjoyed traveling to visit their children and grandchildren in Oregon and Minnesota. She planned many memorable art projects and tea parties for her granddaughters and enjoyed spending time at the beach. Ardyce and Ken enjoyed traveling; favorites among them included New York City and Europe.
In Bismarck, she was an active member of the community including: Corpus Christi Women's Guild, Welcome Wagon and Quilting Guild.
Ardyce is survived by: her husband, Kenneth; her three children, Denise Hoffert, Albany, Ore.; Rebecca (Jon) Fritzler, Vancouver, Wash.; Jonathan (Carrie) Hoffert, Shakopee, Minn.; her grandchildren, Bella and Madeline Hoffert-Hay, Gavin and Elaina Fritzler, Ethan and Blake Hoffert; her siblings and their spouses; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials: In honor of Ardyce's life, memorials may be made to Gift of Life House, Rochester, Minn., or Locks of Love. Those who wish to share memories and expressions of sympathy can do so at her Caring Bridge website, (www.caringbridge.org) or at (www.parkwayfuneral.com).