Former Hastings State Senator Ardyce Bohlke has died of brain cancer. Her daughter-in-law, Stacey Bohlke, said she passed Thursday at Mary Lanning Health Care in Hastings. Bohlke was appointed by then-Governor Ben Nelson in 1991 to fill a vacancy in the Legislature. She was elected in 1992 and served until 2001. She was part of the Education Committee, and served as chairwoman for six years. Bohlke helped pass legislation that increased the state's share of funds for K-12 schools from about 40 percent to more than 50 percent. A funeral service is set for Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings. She was 69.