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James “Jimmy” Ardelean

1964 ~ 2021 (age 56)

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Cancer has taken the life of another wonderful person in this world. James “Jimmy” Richard Ardelean, 56, of Aurora, IL passed away on February 11, 2021. Jimmy was born on September 22, 1964 to John Ardelean and Helen Eggert in Aurora, IL. Jimmy graduated from East Aurora High School in 1982 and was always proud to be a tomcat. He worked most of his life as a custodian in the Batavia school district and then at the VNA, where he met his beautiful wifey, Jenny Ferrufino, who he married on June 11, 2016. 

He is survived by his brother John Ardelean JR, his three daughters: Natalie Nicole Ferrufino, Claudia Cecilia Ferrufino, and Karina Leticia Suarez-Darden (Dernell), fur babies:  Midnight, Tiger, Curly, and Pierogi, and granddaughters: Valerie and Valentina Figueroa. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jenny Ferrufino-Ardelean, his parents John and Helen Ardelean, and his brother David Ardelean.

Jimmy not only loved playing basketball, shooting pool, playing the drums, DJ’ing parties and car detailing, but he had a passion for putting other’s happiness before his own. His brain cancer diagnosis in October of 2019 did not stop his ability to spread joy and party like there was no tomorrow. This man was truly one of the the most positive people no matter the circumstance, which is why James and Jenny were one of a kind and will never be forgotten. That contagious smile and kindheartedness will be missed, but we must use their positivity and joy they always spread, to live our life to the fullest in their name and continue their legacy.

Take it away Jimmy! We can no longer see you with our eyes, or touch you with our hands, but we will feel you in our hearts forever.

Family will be receiving guests on Monday, February 15,2021 from 4-7 pm at Dieterle Memorial Home,1120 S Broadway Ave. Montgomery, IL 60538. Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, February 16,2021 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church, Aurora, IL. Burial will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park, Aurora. Due to current restrictions a limited number of guests will be allowed in the chapel, we ask that you pay your respects in a timely fashion. Face masks and social distancing are required. 

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February 15, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dieterle Memorial Home
1120 South Broadway
Montgomery, IL 60538

Video is available for this event

Funeral Mass
February 16, 2021

10:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
771 Fulton St.
Aurora, IL 60505


Lincoln Memorial Park
675 Route 30
Aurora, IL

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