Obituaries » Alice J. Donnelly (Ridella)

May 29, 1949 - March 16, 2018

Funeral Service Date
March 24, 2018
Funeral Service Time
10:00 am

Posted by:
Jon Genier

Posted on:
March 29, 2018

My deepest sympathies to Alice's family. May the hope expressed at Job 14:13-15 give them some comfort for their great loss.

Posted by:
Jazmine Cappa

Posted on:
March 28, 2018

My condolences to the Donnelly family. No doubt this is a tough time for your family and the need for comfort is critical. Thankfully God lovingly provides us with his word the Bible which offers us this comfort. (Revelation 21:4) So very soon God will bring about a time where not only our loved ones will return., but they will return to a world where they wont be plagued by sickness or stalked by death.

Posted by:
Dorothy Doenges

Posted on:
March 26, 2018

To my former preschoolers, Natalie and Gene, You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother. I was taken by surprised of the obituary of your Mother. Your mother was one of my favorite preschool parents. She was a thoughtful , kind and sweet lady. All the kind words in the obituary is the way that I remember your dear Mother, Alice. God’s Blessings to both of you and the rest of the family. I am looking forward to seeing her in heaven with our special friend, Jesus. Love, Mrs. Dorothy Doenges

Posted by:
John Hawkins

Posted on:
March 23, 2018

Mr. Donnelly & family, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your wife and the Mother of your children. She will be truly lost by all of you. Please accept my deepest sympathy as I will not be able to pay my respects to you and your family. My prayers will be with you. John L. Hawkins MBG member

Posted by:
Don and Jeri Kolash

Posted on:
March 23, 2018

Don and Gene were among many Bishop Luers High School buddies who have kept up their loyal friendship over the years. When Gene met and married Alice, she easily fit in with everyone in the group and added a real touch of wit and class. When several of us begin having children, she took charge and helped us organize a "Sewing" circle, which had little to do with sewing but was mostly just an excuse to get together and compare notes on husbands and children, have lunch and share recipes! It was therapeutic, though. As the kids grew up and some of us moved away, the group disbanded, but we have all kept in touch with Christmas cards and visits when we were in town. The Luers class Reunions have always been a joyous and memorable time. I distinctly remember at the 50th a couple years ago lounging with Alice on a fold-out bed talking about life, death, love, health, kids, grandkids, and church. The topics have changed, but the friendships have not. She was a good and loyal friend, and we shall miss her wry wit.

Posted by:
Susan Andert

Posted on:
March 22, 2018

Alice and I met and became good friends when our sons Gene and Matt started school at Saint Joseph’s. Through these past years we enjoyed birdwatching, walking, volunteering, and shopping together. Alice had very definite opinions about things and she was not shy about expressing them! This made her an invaluable shopping companion. She had a good eye and sense of fashion so she would honestly tell me if a garment was flattering or not. Usually she would add a pithy comment just to make sure I got the message, and these would always make me laugh. If I wanted to buy red shoes she would say I looked like Ronald McDonald. If I tried on a flowered blouse she would say I looked like I was on Little House on the Prairie. If an outfit was dowdy she would say I looked like the lady who sold eggs in her hometown. If she really didn’t like something she would say (my personal favorite!) I looked like a fruitcake and she wouldn’t let me buy it! Oh Alice, how I will miss those fun times together! Now every time I see a lovely bird or walk through the woods I will remember with joy the great gift of your friendship. Your kindness, wit, and warmth will never be forgotten. And if I ever do buy a pair of red shoes, I am going to call them my Alice shoes in your memory! With much love, thanks, and affection, your old friend Susi

Posted by:
Robyn Fisher

Posted on:
March 22, 2018

Gene, So sorry to hear about Alice. She was always so kind and thoughtful, and I enjoyed golfing with her. She would pull up a chair and ask how I was doing no matter if we were at the club or a restaurant or out shopping. There are people you think about you have lost touch with, and she is undoubtedly one of those people. I hope in the coming days that you find strength with loved ones to bring you some peace during this time of loss. Thoughts and prayers, Robyn and Steve Fisher

Posted by:
Debbie McConnell

Posted on:
March 21, 2018

I am truly sorry for your loss. However, I am grateful I got to meet Alice on several occasions. She was really a wonderful person. Her obituary is beautiful and reminded me of the Baklava she would bake and send in to us at Christmas time. What a treat!

Posted by:
Jane Wiehe

Posted on:
March 21, 2018

Dear Gene, Gene and Natalie - Words cannot express my sadness knowing Alice is no longer here on earth so we can all enjoy her wit, love and friendship; however, I rejoice knowing she is at peace and in the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ! Alice was such a dear - I loved her flair for life and the style of how she lived. Her expressions and comments were priceless! I am one of the lucky ones that had the pleasure of knowing and laughing with her! She fought a long hard battle and won the best of the best reward- eternal life! I always knew I had a great and unique friendship with Alice that, will never be forgotten. Butterflies forever!

Posted by:
Bill and Paula Bentley

Posted on:
March 20, 2018

Gene so sorry to hear about Alice, what a great lady. May God give you and the family, and her many friends, peace and strength, now, and the days ahead. Bill and Paula Bentley

Posted by:
Ann & Glenn Thomson

Posted on:
March 20, 2018

We will miss Alice's warm and giving heart. The times spent with Alice and Gene were filled with laughter and fun. We truly appreciated the visits after we moved from Fort Wayne. Sharing the local attractions with them was something we would look forward to.She would always ask if we had bluebird eggs and was so excited to hear the different songbirds in our backyard. She taught me how to take care of specific plants and was always so open and honest about her feelings. I especially treasured her honesty. She was one of the most giving people I have met and her faith was apparent in her daily life. Her adoration of her husband was something she talked about often. "He's my rock", she would say. The world has lost a good person, and I have lost a dear friend. Love, Ann & Glenn

Posted by:
Mike Motter

Posted on:
March 20, 2018

We are so sorry to hear about Alice's passing after her long and brave struggle. We will always recall fondly the pleasant times with spent with Alice and Gene and her vibrant spirit. Blessings and peace to the entire Donnelly family in this time of loss. Mike & Betsy Motter

Posted by:
Kathi Westman

Posted on:
March 19, 2018

Alice was the most special of friends. She was always kind, thoughtful, and loving. She always wore a smile. The world is a better place because Alice Donnelly was in it. I will always hold the highest regard for my dear friend in my heart. Our family cherishes all the lovely times we spent with Alice and her family. May God give comfort to those who were lucky enough to have known her. Fondly, Kathi Westman

Visitation Information:

Divine Mercy Funeral Home

Phone: 260-426-2044

Address: 3500 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne Indiana, 46805

Visitation Date

March 23, 2018

Visitation Time

02:00 pm – 04:00 pm

06:00 pm – 08:00 pm

Funeral Service Information:

Most Precious Blood Catholic Church

Phone: 260-424-5535

Address: 1515 Barthold St Fort Wayne IN, 46808

Service Date: March 23, 2018

Service Time: 2:00 pm

Service Notes: calling one hour prior

Funeral Service Date

March 24, 2018

Funeral Service Time

10:00 am

Additional Info

calling one hour prior

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