Ardith Waters

Ardith J. Waters, 76, of Waukon died Monday, November 6, 2017 at her home in rural Waukon. Memorial services were held Friday, November 10 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Inurnment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Ardith Joan Waters was born October 13, 1941 in Monona, the daughter of Raymond E. and Laura (Hamann) Gress. In May of 1960, she graduated from Waukon High School. January 10, 1962, Ardith married Donald James Waters at St. Mary’s Hanover Catholic Church in rural Waukon.

For 39 years, Ardith worked at Northern Engraving in Waukon, where she was the lead inspector until the factory closed. Also, she ran the concession stand for Monroe Auction Service for a time. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon and belonged to the Iowa Women’s Bowling Association.

She loved spending time with her family, friends and little dog, Kisses. Ardith enjoyed tending to her flowers and vegetable garden, canning and freezing much of her produce for her family. She liked bowling and shooting pool, playing cards every Friday night and with family, and hunting everything from deer and squirrels to mushrooms.

Ardith is survived by her husband, Donald, of Waukon; her children: Jeffery (Mary) Waters of Boise, ID, Bryan Waters of Waukon, Bonnie (Mark) Pitz of North Liberty, and Jackie Waters and Patty (Jerry Jr.) Payton, both of Buffalo; her grandchildren: Zachary and Trevor Waters, Tiffany (Justin) Redmond,

Stacy (Ryan) Cullen, Mitchell and Lacey Kubik, Alex Pitz, Misty (Steve) Cox and Jerry Payton III; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and her brothers: Dean (Carol) Gress of McGregor, Ed (Susie) Gress and Gary Gress, both of Waukon, and Jim (Joann) Duvel of Postville. She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Gress; her mother, Laura Duvel; her stepfather, Lloyd Duvel; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Gress.

Honorary casketbearers were Ardith's grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at

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