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Ardith Keister

March 9, 1939 ~ March 11, 2019 (age 80)

Albion - Ardith Keister, 80, of Albion, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday March 11, 2019.  She was born on March 9, 1939 in Marshall, Mich to the late Harry and Violet (Rice) McDonald.  She married Vance "Kook" Keister on June 29, 1956 in Ligonier.  He preceded her in death in 2007.  Ardith worked for Tokheim for over 18 years.  In her free time she enjoyed crafts and art, attending Berean Baptist Church, and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Above all, she loved to laugh.  Survivors include sons, Kevin (Linda) Keister of Larwill, and Steven (Sandra) Keister of Albion, and a daughter, Laurie Bode of Albion.  Also surviving are grandchildren Jodie Keister, Jamie Teders, Amber Keister, Ashley Keister, Steven Keister, Lacey Burkhart, and Kolten Bode, 17 great grandchildren, and sisters, Kathy Holsinger of Ligonier, and Jeannie Villamaa of Fort Wayne.  She was preceded in death by grandchildren Bambi Bode and Makota Norris, a brother, Patrick McDonald and  a sister, Charlene Birch.  Funeral services will be 10:00am Friday March 15, 2019 at Harper Funeral Homes, Albion Chapel, 771 Trail Ridge Road, Albion.  Visitation will be held from 4-8pm on Thursday March 14, 2019 at the funeral home.  Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery, Albion.  Contributions in Ardith's memory may be directed to Shriner's Children's Hospital.  To sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence, visit

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