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Ardath Helen Robertson

Ardath Helen “Albring” Robertson of Portage, MI passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2021, in Kalamazoo, MI at the age of 86. She was born on Tuesday, April 30, 1935 in Temperance, MI the daughter of Beryl N and Helen “Kimerer” Albring. She was raised on a dairy farm in Temperance, MI. She graduated from Bedford High School in 1953, following graduation she went to Michigan State College from 1954 until 1958 graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Foods and Nutrition. On June 21, 1958 she married the love of her life Keith Robertson in Erie, MI, together they raised 3 children. Once her children were old enough she started working as the Food Service Director at the Clinton, IA school district. She continued to work as a School Food Service Director after the family moved to Pittsburgh, PA. When it came time to move again she became the Corporate Food Service Director for Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL. Outside of her career Ardath was an accomplished seamstress, flower gardener, and after retirement she was a dedicated quilter. She was a member of the American Quilters Society, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and Tillers International. She was active in the Chicago Chapter of the Celiac Society of America as Chapter President for one year and Secretary of the National Society for one year. All three of her children received a college education. She is preceded in her passing by her parents, brothers: Beryl E and Lynn Albring; daughter-in-law: Jane Bowman Robertson; and son-in-law: James Frye. Left to cherish her loving memory is her husband of 63 years: Keith Robertson; children: Cynthia Frye, Peter (Lori Evesque) Robertson, and Douglas (Susan Dolph) Robertson; grandchildren: Jeffery, James (Jeannie), Joseph, Molly, Emma (Octavian Condet), and Olivia. In accordance with the family’s wishes a celebration of Ardath’s life will be held on Her next Birthday, April 30, 2022. The location will be the Kalamazoo Nature Center. For those wishing to make a contribution in Ardath's memory , the family suggests Michigan Nature Association, Ascention Borgess Cancer Center, Michigan 4H Foundation or Kalamazoo Nature Center. While visiting Ardath’s tribute page please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with the family. The Robertson family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. 269-679-5622.

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We came to really appreciate Ardath as a wonderful neighbor over the past 6 years. She always had a smile and a kind word. We especially enjoyed seeing Ardath and Keith on their frequent walks together in The Woodlands. Ardath was a particular favorite of our dog Tucker who knew he could always count on a loving scratch behind the ears and when he would see her he would pull me over to where she was walking or sitting. Keith, our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. God Bless. Bill and Claire Johnson

Bill Johnson Aug 19 2021 5:20 PM

As all families share so many good memories, this Robertson family is especially blessed. The many events, and celebrations, and so many good years with Ardath will stay in our memories. Rest In Peace, dear Sister-in-Law. Peace to Keith, Cindy, Peter, and Doug. Bruce Robertson.

Bruce Robertson Aug 16 2021 3:42 PM

I have just seen the news about Aunt Ardath. Both Ed and I are sorry for your loss and are sending our deepest condolences to Uncle Keith, cousins Cindy, Peter & Douglas and the extended family. One of my favorite memories is a visit from Keith & Ardath on their trip to Australia. I had the good fortune to show them around the University of Melbourne campus where I was working and hang out with them for dinner in an iconic hotel in the city. This is also where I got to introduce them to Ed, my now husband. They attended our wedding in Lake Tahoe and we always so very kind and supportive. Im sending my love especially to Uncle Keith as you were both so committed to one another. May you find ease and peace at this time. Love, Jayne & Ed

Jayne Robertson Aug 16 2021 9:08 AM

Ardath was a dear heart. She had endless knowledge of plants and flowers. Ardath was always willing to share that knowledge and was a valued member of our landscape committee. Ardath had spunk and didn't take nonsense from anyone. She was a cherished neighbor and friend for years. I will miss her. Warm hugs and many prayers for Keith and the Robertson family.

Sherry Quinn Aug 14 2021 8:23 AM

Jim and I send our very deepest condolences to the entire Robertson family. Ardath was such a talented and kind person and will be deeply missed.

Anne E Bowman Aug 13 2021 10:19 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ardath Robertson

David Robertson Aug 13 2021 7:44 PM