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Ardelle M. Stenberg, 86, of Rockford, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Morning Star Village. Born on June 2, 1931, in Solem Township, Minnesota, the daughter of Oscar and Ruth (Bakke) Mattson. She was a graduate of East High School, Class of 1949. Ardelle married LeRoy Stenberg on December 8, 1951 at Zion Lutheran Church. Together they had a son, Charles, who predeceased her. LeRoy predeceased her on February 25, 1998. She worked ten years at Sundstrand before opening Ekstrom Confectionary where she retired in 2004. A member of Zion Lutheran Church since 1941. Ardelle loved to bowl, read and enjoyed all of her customers over the 44 years at Ekstrom Confectionary. She was a very social person who had a special way of caring for the homeless or anyone in need.
Survived by many Swedish and Norwegian cousins and friends; special friends, Tammy (Bob) and family, April (Dave) and family, Cheryl, Kelly and Aaron, Judy and Al, Judy and Joe, Smitty, and Gene Fisher; and many friends from Ekstroms. Also predeceased by sister, Silvia Mattson. Thank you to the staff at Morning Star Village.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., Rockford, with Reverend Dr. Michael Thomas officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the chapel. Burial at Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 925 5th Ave., Rockford, IL 61104 or donor's choice.

Condolences & Shared Memories (4)

  1. Jon Stenberg

    I never met Ardelle, LeRoy or Charles but we used to get christmascards from them every year as long as I can remember. LeRoy was my father Dan were cousins and Dan passad away two years ago and they never met. LeRoy father Valter had a brother here in Sweden and his name was Valentin. (My grandfather) Me and my mother want to send our condolences to these people even if we never met them and show them that they always will be in our hearts. With love. Jon Stenberg Dalarna, Sweden PS. If anyone can tell me something about "the Stenberg family over there" I would be more than happy.

  2. Jack and Jackie

    She was a very loving and caring lady.

  3. Robert Roe

    I meet Ardelle at Grandmother Bakke's, when we would drive from Texas to Minnesota. All the cousin's would show up for a week or so, had a great time. The LORD will take care of Ardelle

  4. Bette Mankell

    Sympathy from cousins Bette (Mattson)Mankell and Jean(Mattson)Welle from New London,Mn and Alexandria,Mn.We have many fond memories of Ardelle.

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