Margarete Eleanor Holt Parker
Margarete Eleanor Holt Parker, died peacefully Feb. 5, 2018, after a brief illness at the Mosser Nursing Home, Trexlertown. She was the wife of Desmond Risley Parker. They were married for 64 years. Born of German immigrant parents, she was the daughter of Gustav and Elfriede Holt, of Long Beach, N.Y.
She graduated from Long Beach High and attended the Mt. Sinai School of Nursing, New York City.
She worked as a registered nurse at South Nassau Communities Hospital for 35 years.
She was an advocate for the voiceless, a fervent supporter of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children.
During the mid-seventies, the family lived two memorable years in Isfahan, Iran, due to Desmond’s work with Grumman Aerospace Co.
Before she and her husband retired to Fleetwood, in 1989, she was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and through her selfless lifestyle taught her daughters the guiding tenets of the Order: to be kind, truthful and charitable.
She worked tirelessly to provide for her family and shared in the joys and tribulations of their lives. She relished summertime family vacations and memorable trips. She honed her wit by reading two daily New York newspapers and working on crossword puzzles all her life.
She is survived by her husband; brother-in-law, Anthony Palmigiano; daughters Diane, Melanie and Corinne; four grandsons, Parker and Connor Edmonds (David Edmonds), Benner and Ethan Geurtsen (David Geurtsen). She was predeceased by her parents and sister Ruth.
Her memorial service will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to AHRC, 189 Wheatley Road, No. 3, Brookville, N.Y. 11545-2699 or at www.ahrc.org.
Arrangements were made by the Edward J. Hildenbrand Funeral Home, Inc., Kutztown.