Ardis E Schussman
May 20, 1923 - Jan. 3, 2021
Chilton, WI
Ardis E Schussman
Chilton, WI

Ardis E. Schussman, age 97, of Chilton, died on January 3, 2021, at Century Ridge Assistant Living in Chilton. Ardis was born at home in rural Juneau, Wisconsin, on May 20, 1923, to William and Adeline (Bauer) Becker. She was the oldest of four siblings and was raised on a farm in Clyman Township, Dodge County. Ardis was raised in a home where God’s Word was taught, hymns and Gospel songs were sung and played with their instruments; they attended Sunday school and church together as a family. 

As a teenager, Ardis placed her faith in Christ as her Savior at a revival meeting at their church. She was a 1941 graduate of Juneau High School and of Dodge County Normal School in Mayville, Wisconsin, in 1943. For five (5) years she taught in a country school in Dodge County. In 1946, Ardis met Lester Schussman on a blind date set up by her best friend, Ruth Battermann. They continued to date for two years and on October 9, 1948, Lester and Ardis were married. For more than 60 years they lived on a diversified farm in Fond du Lac County near Pipe village. There they raised a family of 5 children - 4 sons and 1 daughter - Doug, Randy, Dan, Dwight, and Brenda.

Ardis spent her time raising her family, taking care of huge vegetable and flower gardens, and supporting the many farm-related activities that the family was involved in. Lester and Ardis were members at Faith Alliance Church in Chilton, Wisconsin, and attended for many years. Ardis played the organ, was very active in the Women’s Missionary Prayer Fellowship, taught God’s Word to children in Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and the Awana program. One of her greatest thrills was to sing in the church choir or a family quartet on Sunday mornings and other church services.

When Lester was on the road attending and exhibiting his purebred Rambouillet sheep, Ardis would often stay home to keep the home fires burning, making sure everything on the farm ran smoothly. Even though Ardis was busy as a wife and mother, she somehow found time to attend the Calumet Homemakers meetings. She also served along with Lester as Leaders of the Calumet 4-H Club for several years. In their later years, Ardis and Lester hosted many Bible studies in their home, visited many people in their homes and in the hospital. Ardis was affectionately called “Grandma the Great” by her great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed!

Ardis is survived by her five children: Doug (Debbie) Schussman of Clewiston, FL, Randy (Mary) Schussman of Amery, WI, Dan (Ann) Schussman of Seymour, WI, Dwight Schussman of Menomonie, WI, and Brenda (Jim) Kempen of Fond du Lac, WI. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and 7 step-great-grandchildren. 

Ardis was preceded in death by her husband, Lester; her parents: William and Adeline; a daughter-in-law: Sharon; and siblings: Calvin, Dwayne “Uncle Dewey”, and Bernice.

There will be a Celebration of Life planned for the general public on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Please check back on our website for those details at a future time. To watch a livestream of a prayer service on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00pm, click HERE 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in the name of Ardis Schussman. Cards and memorials may be sent to the Wieting Family Funeral Home, ℅ Ardis Schussman, 411 W. Main St. Chilton, WI 53014.
Our family, (Janet and Elwyn Schommer family) spent may Thanksgiving days together! We gave thanks for God's goodness to our families and enjoyed many great meals! After the Thanksgiving dinner, the teenage boys would often play football, did we do that on a full stomach? Blessings, thoughts, and prayers to the entire Schussman family.

Jerry Schommer (family friend) - Jan. 9, 2021

Ardis and my Mother were friends and as a child we would all get together on the farm a few times a year. Artis was a true Christian which radiated through all she did. She was, as all woman, the backbone of the family and taught her children the qualities of charity, love, patience and kindness. Ardis was a rare find in these days. She shall be remembered and loved by all who had the privilege and honor of knowing her. Love to all her family.

Melody Anderson (Friend ) - Jan. 6, 2021

I remember Ardis as being a kind and quiet woman. I believe that she may have been my Sunday school teacher at one time. She was also a part of the Women's Missionary Prayer Fellowship who gave me a "Living Light" book which has scripture readings for twice a day. I am certain that she probably prayed for me when I was going through those difficult teenage years. Truly a wonderful woman of God. You can tell by how she raised her children, along side of her husband Lester. I am sure she will be missed. So sorry for your loss to all her family and friends.

Barbara Delger (Sister married to her son Randy) - Jan. 5, 2021

Dear Brenda and family of Ardis, Please know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time. I know that you did all you could to help make your Mother's life comfortable. May she rest in peace in the arms of our Lord. Prayers for all of you. Ann and Dan

Ann Konen (Co-Worker) - Jan. 4, 2021

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