Ardis Benora Severson

January 14, 1927 ~ October 28, 2020 (age 93)


Ardis Benora (Berg) Severson, a good and faithful servant of her Lord and our land, was called home to her Father’s house on Wednesday evening, October 28, 2020 at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.  The 93-year-old, who always put others before herself, had been living on her own in her La Crosse apartment, prior to a recent stroke. She is fondly remembered by friends and family as “the most wonderful person.”  Ardis was born January 14, 1927 to Victor Julius Berg and Bertha Lena (Hanson) Berg in Viroqua. She was the fourth of their nine children, who grew up farming in Vernon County. After graduating from Viroqua High School in 1946, she married Gordon Severson, May 7, 1949. They raised two sons on their Crawford County family farm.  Ardis was a member of Ruth Circle, Southwest Prairie Lutheran Church in Viroqua. In later years, she was a quilting and circle member of Good Shepherd Lutheran in La Crosse.

She is survived by sons Jerry (Sue) Severson, and Dennis (Susan) Severson; granddaughter Kimberly (Timothy) Hatlan; grandsons Kevin (Danielle) Severson, and Luke (Megan) Severson; step-grandson Andrew Stetter (Lindsey Gould); great-grandchildren Bree and Blake Hatlan, Dimitri Cutler and Karson Severson, and Kade and Ava Severson.  Ardis is further survived by sister Frances Dahlke; brothers Stanley (Cecilia) Berg, Rev. Donald (Barbara) Berg, and Alvin (Lois) Berg; sister-in-law Dorothy (Pete) Dillenberg.  She is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gordon; daughter-in-law Linda (Zielke) Severson; brothers Selmer, Orbin, and Clarence Berg; sister Esther (Earl) Stokke; brother-in-law Arthur Dahlke; husband Gordon’s brothers Orvin (Margaret) Severson, Nordahl (Dena) Severson, Carl (Helen) Severson, and sister Alice (Glen) Olson; nieces Karen and Kathryn Stokke; nephews Gary and Roland Severson; great-nephew Donnie Stokke.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:00 AM at South West Prairie Lutheran Church, S8466 Prairie Road, Viroqua, WI.  Pastor Timothy Dunham will officiate.  Family and Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of services.

Memorials in remembrance of Ardis can be directed to South West Prairie Lutheran Church.

Due to COVID-19, the family respectfully requests that social distancing precautions are respected, and masks are worn.  

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November 2, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
South West Prairie Lutheran Church, Viroqua

Funeral Service
November 2, 2020

11:00 AM
South West Prairie Lutheran Church, Viroqua

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