MARLENE MARY ALTER, 80, of Tampa, Fla., passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011, peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving husband and family. Born in Edon, Ohio, she graduated from St. Josephs Hospital's nursing school as a registered nurse in 1951. She worked as a nurse throughout her career before moving to Tampa in 1973. She retired from the Hillsborough County Health Department at Kelton Clinic in 1992. She fought Parkinson's Disease with courage and dignity and was a true inspiration to all. Together with her Catholic faith, (she was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church), and loving husband, she always gave of herself to others with a loving and caring heart. She was a loving mother who taught and showed her children the goodness of life. She was a devoted wife of 49 years and will always and forever be in our hearts and in the love and light of God. Her husband Frank, daughter, Diana, and son, Jimmy were her continuous caregivers and gave never ending love and compassion for all her years. The family would also like to thank her beloved caregivers and friends Wanda Johnson and Victoria Williams along with LifePath Hospice. Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Frank E Alter Jr.; children, Debbie (Kurt) Kohler of St. Louis, Mo., Diana Alter of Tampa, Fla., Frank E. (Melissa) Alter III of Ruskin, Fla. and James R. (Marco) Alter of Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren, Nick, Maddie, Cole, and Paige; and siblings, Eldred Hug and Virginia Kunisch. She was preceded in death by her parents, Flora and August Hug; and siblings, Olivene Dietsch, Relmond Hug, Dorothy Siebenaler, Rev. Edward Hug and Rev. Frederick Hug. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2011, at Chirst the King Catholic Church, Tampa, Fla. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Marsicano-B. Marion Reed-Stowers Funeral Home, 4040 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, Fla. Interment will follow Mass at Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to LifePath Hospice or the National Parkinson's Association
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 1, 2011