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Margarete Eleanor Holt Parker

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

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Margarete Eleanor Holt Parker died peacefully Feb. 5, 2018, in Mosser Nursing Home, Trexlertown, after a brief illness.

Born Dec. 2, 1930, of German immigrant parents, Gustav and Elfriede Holt, in Long Beach, N.Y., she graduated from Long Beach High and attended Mt. Sinai School of Nursing, New York City.

Upon graduation, she married Desmond Risley Parker of Madison, N.Y., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Long Beach, and moved to Oceanside, Long Island, N.Y., where she worked as a registered nurse at South Nassau Communities Hospital for 35 years.

During their 64 years of marriage, she and her husband raised three daughters, Diane, Melanie and Corinne, while she worked as a nurse and cared for her eldest daughter, Diane, at home.

She was an advocate for the voiceless, a fervent supporter of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children, where Diane was a student, and a strong proponent of higher education for her two younger daughters.

During the mid ’70s, the family lived two memorable years in Isfahan, Iran, due to her husband’s work with Grumman Aerospace Co.

Before she and her husband retired to Fleetwood in 1989, she was also 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 gladly shared in the joys and tribulations of their lives.

She also relished her summertime family vacations, and memorable trips to Lake Winnipesaukee, Burlington, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Hawaii.

She honed her wit by reading her two daily New York newspapers and working on crossword puzzles all her life.

She was predeceased by her parents and sister, Ruth.

She will be dearly missed by her husband; brother-in-law Anthony Palmigiano; daughters Diane, Melanie and Corinne, and four grandsons, Parker and Connor Edmonds (David Edmonds), Benner and Ethan Geurtsen (David Geurtsen).

Her memorial service will be at a later date.

Donations may be made to AHRC, 189 Wheatley Road No. 3, Brookville, NY 11545-2699 or at

Arrangements made by Edward J. Hildenbrand Funeral Home Inc., Kutztown.