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Nancy D. Aldera

Posted October 14, 2013 in Des Moines West, Obituaries

February 28, 1908 – October 11, 2013

Nancy Aldera

Nancy Aldera

Nancy D. Aldera, 105, died Friday, October 11, 2013 at Wesley Acres. Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at St. Ambrose Cathedral. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery.

Mrs. Aldera was born February 28, 1908 in Minneapolis, MN to Ralph and Antoinette (Ross) De May, one of eight sisters. The family moved to Des Moines when Nancy was seven years old and she graduated Lincoln High School. She worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for over 32 years, and retired in 1969. Her memberships included St. Ambrose Cathedral, Telephone Company Pioneers of America, Communication Workers of America, Women’s Community Service of U.S. West, a life member of Bishop Drumm Guild, Mercy Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and St. John’s Over 50 Club.

Survivors include her sister, Frances Toriello of Des Moines; nieces and nephews: Dr. Dante (Mary) Toriello, Bernadette (Dr. Richard) Evans, Tina Toriello, Charles (Shelly) Turner, Nancy (Leonard) Johnson, Steven (Shari) Senn, Michael Senn, Jeanne Knight, Nancy (Jon) Mead, Barb Aldera, Dave Aldera. She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Aldera in 1969 and her sisters: Anne DeMay Ortale, Lucille DeMay South, Carmel DeMay Traffley, Margaret DeMay Leight, Mary Lou DeMay Senn and Joanne DeMay Turner.

The family will receive friends from 4-6:00 pm, Monday, October 14, 2013 at Dunn’s Funeral Homes where a Vigil Service will begin at 4:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Medical Center. On-line condolences are welcome at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

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