Ardella M. Sessions

Ardella M. Sessions, 73, of Chetek, passed away Nov. 15, 2020, at Mayo Clinic–Saint Mary’s Campus in Rochester, Minn., following a courageous battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a disease that is very invasive and has no cure.

She was born July 13, 1947, to Joe and Elaine Rud in Mondovi, Wis. Ardella married Donald Sessions on Feb. 6, 1967, in Rantoul, Ill. They had many great U. S. Air Force friends in Illinois. Ardella and Don had many good years together. Their son Jeff served in the U. S. Air Force for 30-plus years so they had one week, once per year, to travel to various destinations to see him. If Ardella could have completed her bucket list, she would have gone back to Honolulu, Hi.

Ardella and Don spent many years fishing and snowmobiling with friends. She even went deer hunting a couple of years–ask Judy. They had fun, as did we all.

Ardella is survived by her husband of 53 years, Donald; son, Jeff (Jan) Rud, of North Pole, Ak.; Rachel (Mike) Odegard, of Mondovi; and Jennifer Gaspard, of Waconia, Minn.; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Ashley) Rud, Mark Rud, Gregory (Audrey) Rud, William (Dayna) Odegard, Tyler (Melissa) Odegard, Grace (Donovan) Peterson, Lucas Odegard, and Olivia and Cole Gaspard; one precious great-granddaughter, Mila Odegard, and one on the way; sister, Cecelia (George) Nichols; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends, Sue and Sally.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Ole Rud, whom she loved dearly; her parents; uncle, Bud Roetter; and in-laws, Philip and Grace Sessions.

A private graveside service for family will be held at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner on Monday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m.

Don was able to spend two days with Ardella prior to her passing in Rochester and hold her hand, for which he will be forever grateful.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family. To express condolences online, please visit

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