LOWVILLE – C. Ardeth VanNest, 86, of the West Road, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017, at Lewis County General Hospital.Ardeth was born on the family homestead on the Woodbattle Road in Copenhagen on March 5, 1931, a daughter of the late Ira O. and Glenora Hutchinson Larkins where she attended a one-room school house on the Keener Hill Road. She was married to Robert J. VanNest on May 11, 1948, and together they raised their children on the West Road in West Lowville. They celebrated 62 years of marriage before Bob’s death on July 8, 2010.
In her younger years, Ardeth worked at Greystone Manor and cleaned houses locally. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, cooking, baking and spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving Ardeth are her five daughters and their spouses: Linda and Howard Zehr of Castorland, Arlene and Edward Yancey of Lowville, Cathryn and Kenneth Hosmer also of Lowville, Virginia and Karl Roggie of Carthage and Roda and Burnell Lyndaker of Bellwood; 19 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren; her sister, Beatrice Bumbaco of CT; her sister-in-law, Lucy Larkins of Copenhagen; several nieces and nephews; half-sisters, Bertha and (Lynn) Turner; and Frances Briggs; half-brothers, Albert and Leona; and Raymond and Elizabeth Larkins.
She was predeceased by her unborn infant, and her infant daughter, Maryann, her brother Robert O. Larkins, half-brothers, Franklin and Amasa, half-sisters, Ann LaBrake and Patsy LaVancha.
Family and friends may call on Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. at the Sundquist Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be on Friday the 16th at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Brian Siegrist, officiating. Burial will be in the Gardener’s Corner’s Cemetery.
Online condolences may be placed on www.sundquistfh.com.