|Birth: ||Nov. 19, 1938, Germany|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 2013|
After a long battle with cancer Ortrud Alderman (Schwarz) mercifully passed into that great good night on March 14, 2013 at her home in Boise, Idaho, surrounded by loving family.
Ortrud was born on November 19, 1938 in the small farming village of Greifenhagen, Germany on the Oder River south of the city of Stettin on the Baltic Sea.
Ortrud, the youngest of four sisters born to Karl and Grete Schwarz, was a lively, intelligent, and curious little girl who spent the first six years of her life contributing in her small way to the production of the family's farm.
In January 1945, at the close of WWII, she and her family joined thousands of other families fleeing the advancing Soviet Red Army. After six months of wandering across western Germany, the exhausted family finally settled in the tiny farming village of Obvervorschutz, just south of Kassel, Germany, where much her family remains to this day.
In 1966, while employed with the American Express Company in Germany, Ortrud met and married Dean Alderman, her husband of 47 years. The couple settled in Davis, California where Ortrud gave birth to their son, Kurt Alderman, and later became well known throughout the community as the always kind, helpful and friendly German speaking voice of a highly respected foreign car repair shop in Davis, G&R Automotive.
In 2002, Ortrud and husband, Dean, moved to Boise, Idaho to be near their son and his new family, Kurt and Holly Alderman (Hines), of Meridian, ID. She immediately put all around her at ease with her quick, reassuring smile and infectious laugh, her sincere and engaging conversation and her honest and uncomplicated love.
Ortrud is survived by her husband, Dean Alderman; her son, Kurt; daughter-in-law, Holly; grandchildren, Ryan and Heidi; and sisters Lieselotte and Kate of Germany. a Memorial
Service will be held at 11 AM on April 12, 2013 at the King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3430 N. Maple Grove Rd., Boise, ID.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to St. Luke's Hospice, Boise, Id.
She was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by all.
Published in Idaho Statesman on March 17, 2013
Created by: Barb
Record added: Mar 17, 2013
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