Ardith Ann Oliver was born Nov. 3, 1934, in Sioux City, the daughter of David G. and Ardith L. (Butcher) Oliver. She was raised in Onawa, and later in Whiting. She graduated salutatorian of her class from Whiting High School in 1952.
Following high school, Ardith went to work for a bank in Onawa for two years until enrolling in college at the University of South Dakota. She received a bachelor's degree in business administration and also attained her teaching certificate.
She began teaching in Anita, and later in Holstein. She returned to college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she received her master's degree in business administration.
She was united in marriage to Wilbur "Willie" Hohbach on March 17, 1962, in Onawa. The couple made their home on a farm southwest of Marcus. After their marriage, Ardith continued teaching in Cleghorn, Iowa and later in Cherokee. She retired from teaching to be able to stay home and her raise her children.
Through the years, Ardith enjoyed gardening, crafts, ceramics, and scrapbooking. She also loved her cats.
When her sons were younger, she was Cub Scout Leader for their troop. Later on in life, Ardith was a volunteer teacher at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn school.
But most of all, she loved the times spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her husband of more than 50 years, Willie, of rural Marcus; their four children: Oliver Hohbach (Jean), of Valley Springs, S.D., Tom Hohbach (Peg), of Marcus, Cyrus Hohbach, of Yankton, S.D., and Ardith Ruth Hohbach of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren: Eli Hohbach, Devan Hohbach, and Sophie Hohbach; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister: Donna Jean Barnes and her husband, Kenny; and a nephew: Bruce Barnes.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Pastor William Schoonover will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. Visitation with the family present will be from 6-8 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.
Expression of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.