Alice Loraine (Fuhrmann) Ardelean, 93, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Riverstone Hospice House in Billings.
Alice was born Dec. 30, 1925, in Jordan City, Minnesota, to Bernhard and Hattie (Getz) Furhmann. She grew up in Minnesota before moving to Phoenix. On Nov. 10, 1946, she met George Ardelean on a blind date. The handsome Marine captured her eye; they were married six short weeks later on Dec. 15. They were together 71 years before George’s passing on Dec. 25, 2016. When asked how they stayed married, Alice loved to tell people, “With God and a sense of humor!”
George and Alice’s first two children, Paul and Sherry, were born in Phoenix. The little family moved to Fresno, California, in 1951, and Mark and Rachel joined the family there. They eventually settled in San Diego before relocating to Montana in 1979. George and Alice owned and operated the general store in Reed Point, where Alice loved cooking and baking in the deli and feeding her family. She and George moved to Billings in 1982.
Everyone was welcome at Alice’s, and her cookie jar was never empty. She and George spent many hours in their later years playing cards and laughing with family, friends and their senior group from Faith Evangelical Church.
After George’s death, Alice moved to Sweetwater Retirement Community. She enjoyed her time there, but over the past few months she grew increasingly lonely for George and finally slipped away to be with him in glory.
Alice leaves behind her children: Paul (Shannon) of Flint, Michigan; Sherry (Cleo) of Superior; Mark (Nancy) of Jordan, Utah; and Rachel (Mural) Hirschkorn of Lockwood; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, her beloved George and two grandsons.
Services will be held in the spring. Memorials may be made to Riverstone Hospice or the Hospice House, Wycliffe Bible Translators or the Gideons.