Ardith Plank, 88, mother of Lanesboro woman

Ardith Plank, 88, of Chatfield, died on Monday, June 18, 2018.

She was born on May 18, 1930, to Gerold and Alice (Norton) Casler in Winona.

She attended school in Winona and received her GED from Rochester Community and Technical College.

She married James T. Plank on Jan. 31, 1953, in Winona. The couple honeymooned in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her favorite memory was picking daffodils along the way.

She worked for Mayo Clinic at the Saint Marys Hospital for 19 years as a unit assistant in the Cardiac Surgical Unit. There, she was honored with the Karis Award for clinical care excellence.

The couple owned a small hobby farm in west Chatfield, where they raised chickens, sheep and horses. They traveled with their horses to a number of different states, camping with their family and friends. The Black Hills was one of her favorites. In their later years, she and her husband took many bus trips throughout the United States. She was an avid collector of blue-glass and her collection was showcased throughout their home.

She is survived by her children, Dennis (Jill) Kelly of Rochester, Angel (Duane) Bakke of Lanesboro, Patty (Eric) Kammer of Chatfield and Sherman (Christy) Plank of Douglas; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; son, Travis Plank; three brothers and two sisters.

Her memorial service was held on Tuesday, June 26, at United Methodist Church in Chatfield with the Rev. Debra Jene Collum officiating. A private family committal will take place at a later date.

Riley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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