As family and friends might have expected of Ardyce Bohlke, the outspoken and headstrong former state senator left a list of instructions for her funeral.
One of those was a request that there be no eulogy by family or friends.
Jan McKenzie of Harvard, who served as a state senator at the same time as Bohlke, joked during a memorial service Tuesday that she "unfriended" Bohlke on Facebook so she could make a few remarks at the service.
She wasn't the only one who felt Bohlke needed to be remembered — despite the beloved lawmaker's requests — in stories and laughter.
Throughout the service, friends commented on Bohlke's charm, wit and infectious smile.
"She was always a happy person and she spread her happiness around like a virus," McKenzie said. "She never took herself seriously but she always took her work serious."
Bohlke, 69, died Thursday at Mary Lanning Healthcare after battling brain cancer.
During the service at a nearly full First Presbyterian Church, 621 N. Lincoln Ave., friends remembered Bohlke as a friendly and passionate leader who cared deeply about children and education.
In a letter read by the Rev. Dr. Berke Landrum, the Rev. Bill Nottage-Tacey described Bohlke's toothy smile and hearty laugh, as well as her passion for youth, women, justice and fairness.