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Ardeth H. Claflin

Ardeth H. Claflin

Ardeth H. Claflin age 88 of Elmwood passed away on Thursday September 5, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie.

Ardeth was born September 12, 1930 in Garden Grove, IA.  She was the daughter of Ralph and Stella (Dumond) Reinier.  At the age of six, Ardeth moved with her family to Ellsworth then to Grange Hall and finally to a farm outside of Elmwood (Farm Hill).  Ardeth married Kenneth Claflin November 1, 1948 in Red Wing, MN.  After marriage they made their home in the Town of Rock Elm, rural Elmwood.

Ardeth led a busy life, beginning at the Plum City Hospital as a Nurses Aid, then as a C.N.A. at the Durand Hospital.  In 1968 she was employed by Pierce County Human Services & Public Health for 16 years.  She enjoyed helping and caring for people.  In 1972 she began driving bus for the Elmwood School District and drove for many years.  During this time, Ardeth served as a volunteer E.M.T for the Elmwood Ambulance.

Ardeth was an active member of the Elmwood United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.  She enjoyed crocheting and won many awards at the Pierce County Fair.  Ardeth had a love of flowers and enjoyed her gardens at home on the farm and at her home in Elmwood.  Ardeth also did volunteer work for the Elmwood Food Pantry, Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home, National Mutual Benefit Insurance Co. and the Elmwood Enrichment Council.

Ardeth is survived by her husband Kenneth, a daughter, Diane (Leo) Marchand of San Diego, CA; two sons, Douglas (Anne) and David, both of Elmwood; two brothers, Eldon (Cleo) Reinier of Prescott and Marty (Sue) Reinier of Menomonie; a sister Lenore (Sonny) Dankers of Red Wing, MN; in-laws, Janet (Nolan) DeMarce of Elmwood, Carol Lierman of Menomonie, Linda (Will) Jeffrey of St. George, UT, Roger (Ilene) Claflin of Elmwood and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Fred and Minnie Claflin; her son, Daniel; a sister, Rosalie Solveson; two brothers, Randall and Bill Reinier; a brother-in-law, Roy Lierman.

Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Saturday September 14, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Elmwood.  Burial will be in the Poplar Hill Cemetery-Rock Elm, rural Elmwood.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of the services at the church on Saturday.

Online condolences may be made at wwww.rhielfuneralhome.com

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elmwood is serving the family.




  1. Diane Claflin

    My Mom was a very strong woman, she could be stubborn and she was fiercely independent. One day on Farm Hill, she made breakfast, then run to Elmwood to give blood, returned to make jambalala hotdish for the church, washed clothes and baked the best apple pies, all before going back to Elmwood to bowl. Love you Mom, plant some hostas in God's garden. Diane

  2. Luanne Dallman

    Sincere condolences to the family of Ardeth Clafflin. R I P dear friend.

  3. Patricia Nohelty

    Ardeth was a friend and co-worker at the Pierce County Health Dept. for a number of years. She was a wonderful caregiver and is now in the hands and care of the most wonderful caregiver of all, the Lord Jesus Christ.

  4. Mary and Tom Baier

    Diane and Family, So sorry for your loss and hope the wonderful memories of your Mom will remain in your hearts. Mary and Tom

  5. Charlotte Harvey

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Ken & Char Harvey
    She will be missed.

  6. Suzanne

    I had the opportunity to meet Ardeth and her family while visiting their neighbors (Kaszynski). Ardeth was a lovely person. My condolences to her family on this great loss.

  7. Marge and Tony

    Sympathy to the Claflin family. Ardith was a kind, and caring person. She will be missed.

  8. Suzi Crownhart

    Ardeth was the kindest, most caring person I’ve had the privilege to know. She taught me so much during our ambulance days. Because of her we were able to keep Grandpa Smith at home during his terminal illness. We will always be so grateful to her. There aren’t enough words to describe what a wonderful lady she was. Rest In Peace Dear Friend. ❤️

  9. Kristen & McKenna K

    Ardeth was a generous & joyful soul, who could tell a great story & laugh easily. There are no words to express our sorrow at her passing. She will be missed so very much.

  10. Diane (Traynor) Welsh

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I was so happy to see Ardeth and Kenny at our last class reunion. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  11. Joan Lecheler

    I am going to really miss Ardeth, keeping me informed of the people and happenings around town. Ardeth was always so upbeat and fun to visit with. The Claflins have been such wonderful neighbors for so many years. The Lecheler's extend our deepest sympathy to the whole family.

  12. thomas biles

    sending prayers to the family

  13. Kay Longsdorf

    Sorry to hear of your mom's passing, I will miss her, so glad I had lunch with her this summer.

  14. Tom Slupske

    Kenneth, prayers for you and your entire family. God be with you.

  15. Carmen Brookshaw

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Ardeth was a wonderful neighbor in Farm Hill and a kind and helpful friend to many. The Lord is saying to her “well done good and faithful servant.”

  16. Judi & Gary Bauer

    Sending our sympathy to the Claflin family. Will always remember accidentally running into your Mom and Dad at the eye clinic in Eau Claire, two years in a row. We caught up on old times. Ardith was one special lady. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers

  17. Jim Krause

    I was very saddened to hear about Ardeth's passing. I will miss her greatly. She was a wonderful person. I and my dog Bucky enjoyed stopping in to visit with Ardeth and Ken. She will be missed. All the Family has my prayers and sympathy.

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