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Stephen J. ARDEL

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Stephen J. ARDEL Obituary

ARDEL, Stephen J.

Stephen J. Ardel , 87, of Coventry, beloved husband of 51 years to the late Marjorie (Kearns) Ardel, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, November 3, 2013. He was born in Putnam, CT on December 7, 1925, the son of the late John and Mary (Kitchuia) Ardel. Stephen was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Coventry for more than 40 years. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He attended Willimantic State Teachers College (now known as Eastern Connecticut State University), and University of Connecticut where he earned his degrees. Stephen shared his passion for education with the children of Mansfield as a teacher and principal for 33 years, retiring from Southeast Elementary School in 1984. He loved to cook and he made a "mean Apple pie"! He also enjoyed the beaches of Maine, wood working, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, watching all kinds of cooking shows and was an excellent dancer. Besides his parents and his wife, Stephen was also predeceased by his eldest son, Gary J. Ardel and several brothers and sisters. Stephen is survived by his sons, Craig S. Ardel and his wife Lourdes, of Coventry, Scott E. Ardel and his wife Maria of West Hartford; his daughter-in-law Sharon A. Barnes of Frederick, MD; grandchildren, Caitlin, Samantha, Amanda, Benjamin, Stacy, Brian, Christopher, and Emily, and many nieces and nephews. Stephen was a kind and humble man and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff from Woodlake at Tolland for all of the wonderful care, support and friendship given to Dad while he was in their care.
Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family at Coventry-Pietras Funeral Home 2665 Boston Turnpike (RT44) Coventry, CT 06238 for calling hours on Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013, at St. Mary Church 1600 Main Street Coventry, CT 06238 with burial to take place at Center Cemetery Coventry. For online condolences please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Nov. 6, 2013
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