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Ardis Ione Westrud

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Ardis Ione Westrud, 64, of Willmar, died Sunday, April 5, 2009 at her home in Willmar.

She was born to Egbert and Evelyn (Paulson) Elvehjem on Jan. 12, 1945 in Glenwood. She grew up on a farm near Brooten and attended West Lake Johanna Lutheran Church. She graduated from Brooten High School.

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On June 27, 1964 she married Gerald Westrud in Brooten. The couple made their home in Minneapolis. Her husband died May 1, 1975. She then lived in New Hope and Fridley before moving to Willmar in 1980. She was employed at Molenaars in Willmar. In 2003, she moved to the Park Rapids area for five years before moving back to Willmar in July 2008.

She is survived by two daughters: Michelle (Allen) Genz, of Park Rapids, and Marie (Harland) Oswald, of Kerkhoven; four grandchildren; a sister, Eileen (Rod) Bjorlin, of Buffalo; and a brother, John (Chung) Elvehjem, of Wadena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Marvin Elvehjem. 

Funeral service: Friday, April 10 at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood with Pastor Micha Driscol officiating.

Interment: West Lake Johann Lutheran Cemetery.

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