Saralyn Jean Alderman
Saralyn Jean Alderman
  • June 17, 1949 - January 14, 2017
  • Ames, Iowa

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Saralyn Jean Alderman, 67, of Ames passed away January 14, 2017 after a tough year-long battle with carcinoid heart disease.

Saralyn was born June 17, 1949 to Clayton and Alice (Bergling) Fardal. She grew up on the family farm in Stanhope, Iowa and attended school at South Hamilton, graduating in 1967. She went on to college in Le Mars, Iowa at Westmar where she studied Mathematics. After college Saralyn worked as a tax professional for Farm Bureau and TLS. She was proud to work for Meredith Corporation in Des Moines for the last 30 years, but she was looking forward to retirement soon. She had hoped to travel, take art classes, teach reading to underprivileged children, but mostly spend more time with her granddaughter.

Saralyn loved reading and writing outside in the sun, singing especially while driving, and laughing with her friends and family. She will be dearly missed by the many people blessed to have known her.

She is survived by her daughter Brianne (Jason) Braun and granddaughter Gianna Braun of Polk City, IA, stepson Jesse (Amanda) Alderman of Boone IA, mother Alice Fardal of West Des Moines, sister Terri (Jack) Finley of Windsor Heights, and brother Randy Fardal of Palo Alto, CA. She was preceded in death by her father, Clayton Fardal.

Family will greet friends on Tuesday, January 24th from 6 to 8 pm at Stevens Memorial Chapel (607 28th St., Ames, IA 50010). Funeral service will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church in Ames, IA on Wednesday, January 25th beginning at 11 am. Interment will be held at 2:00 pm, January 25th, 2017 in the Lake Center Cemetery southeast of Stanhope, Iowa.