Olive Arlyne Hess, 94, of Ada, Minnesota entered heaven’s gates on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

She was born in rural Lockhart on February 13, 1928, to Edwin and Louise Nelson. Arlyne and her brother, Lloyd, grew up on the farm in Good Hope Township. Arlyne and Lloyd attended high school in Halstad, Minnesota, and Arlyne was Homecoming Queen her senior


Arlyne loved teaching and she taught elementary school during the WWII years. During this time, she met her husband-to-be, Glenn Sheridan. The union produced four children, Michael, John, Kathryn, and Paul. Her children were the love of her life, and she dedicated her life to them. After a divorce in 1958, Arlyne, with 4 young children in tow, moved back to her parent’s farm. While money was in short supply and there was no indoor plumbing, they were still immensely happy.

Arlyne was a hard worker. She worked at the local ice cream shop in Halstad, stocked grocery shelves in Ada, and picked up potatoes in the fall with her two oldest sons, Mike and John.

Arlyne knew to get ahead she would have to go back to college and get her teaching degree. She got her degree from Moorhead State University and enjoyed teaching remedial reading in the Ada school system. During those years, she met Edward Hess and they were happily married until Ed’s passing in the fall of 1994.

Arlyne loved to shop, garden, and cook! She won many blue ribbons at the county fair for her flower arrangements. Arlyne had a deep and abiding faith in our Lord Jesus and loved going to Zion Lutheran Church, singing hymns, listening to sermons, and reading scripture.

Arlyne is survived by 3 of her 4 children, Michael, Kathy, and Paul; 8 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Glen Sheridan; Edward Hess; and her son, John.

Arlyne modeled a life well lived and will forever remain in the hearts of those whose lives she touched.

Celebration of Life Service: 11:00 AM, Friday, August 5, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN, with lunch to follow.

Visitation: 9:30 AM until the time of the service on Friday, August 5, 2022, at the church.

Interment: Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, rural Shelly, MN.

Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Homes
Ada & Halstad, Minnesota