Olive Ardis (Arde) Thvedt Burt, a resident of Gallatin Gateway near Big Sky, was born in Froid, Mont. on Sept. 9, 1925 to Rev. Ingvald and Matilda Thvedt the youngest by 10 years of five children. She died on Aug. 17, 2013, at Parkview Home, Freeport, Ill. after a two-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. Her remains have been cremated and will be interred in the columbarium in Grace Episcopal Church, Freeport.
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Soon after Arde was born, her family moved to Canada where her father provided pastoral services to several Lutheran (ELCA) congregations. When she was 13 and her father was dying of cancer, the family moved back to the United States.
Arde began her education at Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan followed by attendance at five high schools in Minnesota as Arde and her mother moved around after her father's death. Following high school, she entered Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. and graduated with a B.A. degree in art. She subsequently received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Arde taught at Stout State University of Wisconsin, Menomonie, Wis. for two years. She then taught art and design at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for 10 years, concluding her career there as an Associate Professor. As an artist, Arde exhibited paintings in numerous venues over the years, including the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union, the Milwaukee Art Center, the Berg Art Center at Concordia College, and the young painters and printmakers of the U.S. traveling exhibitions. Along the way, Arde received a number of awards for her art work including the Randall M. Gay award for watercolors given by the Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance Company award. Arde's works are in a number of permanent collections including the Victoria Art Museum, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; The American Family Insurance Company, Madison, Wis.; and the Madison Art Museum, Madison, Wis.
In 1966, Arde and Woodruff A. (Woody) Burt were married in Fairbault, Minn. One son, Matthew M. Burt, was born of their marriage. Arde is survived by her husband, her son; daughter-in-law, Marit Moan; and grandson, Magnus M. Burt, of Vikhammar, Norway. She was preceded in death by her parents, her three brothers, Samuel, Ingvald and John, and her sister, Rachel Mini.
Beginning in 1976, Arde and Woody came to ski in Big Sky. In 1979 they purchased a condominium unit in the now vanished Deer Lodge. When the Big Horn Condominiums were constructed on the site of the former Deer Lodge, in 1992 they purchased the first unit sold. They then purchased their home in Gallatin Gateway in 2001 and committed to making it their permanent home. Unfortunately, Arde fell in July 2011, breaking a hip from which she never recovered. Some time later, she was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia which gradually led to her death.
There will be a memorial service in Grace Episcopal Church in Freeport at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Visitation will be at the church before the service, beginning at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are invited for the Big Sky Chapel, the Arts Council of Big Sky and Eagle Mount.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 21, 2013