Nov. 19, 1938 — March 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.
She was born on Nov. 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 World War II, 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 Obervorschutz, just south of Kassel, where much of 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, 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 to be near their son and his new family, Kurt and Holly Alderman (Hines) of Meridian, Idaho. 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 begin at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, at the King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3430 N. Maple Grove Rd. in Boise. In leu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to St. Luke’s Hospice, Boise, Idaho. She was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by all.