Norma M. Agler
Norma Marceline Baker Agler, 86, of Cape Coral, Florida, formerly of Berne, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Cape Coral Hospital. She was born on December 4, 1926 in Decatur to Franklin O. and Opal (Butcher) Baker. She was married on September 26, 1948 to Noel L. Agler.
She grew up in Decatur and was a member of Decatur Evangelical United Brethren Church. She graduated from Decatur High School in 1945 and from Lutheran School of Nursing in Fort Wayne in 1948 as a registered nurse. She worked as an RN for more than 40 years, including working as a hospital nurse and for many years as office nurse for Dr. Norman E. Beavers in Berne. Highly respected for her professionalism and dedication, she was medical director of the Berne Nursing Home and medical director for the Jay County Migrant Medical Clinic. She also worked as a private duty nurse, conducted physical exams for insurance companies, provided private medical care consultations, and served as an EMT for Adams County. She was well known for her compassion and caring as a nurse and as an individual. Following the blizzard of 1978, she rode on a snowmobile to care for snowbound patients in their homes. Nursing was her calling and her joy.
She married her high school sweetheart after he completed his service in the US Navy, in which he enlisted during WWII. They raised their family in Berne and retired to Cape Coral in 1992. She was an avid reader, enjoyed the Gaithers’ gospel music, and loved playing cards with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Thomas (Ann) Agler of Lawrenceville, Illinois; and Timothy (Deborah) Agler of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Paula (Thomas) Eckerty of Cape Coral, Florida; and Janelle McKinley of North Fort Myers, Florida; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her 99-year-old brother, Otis Baker of Logansport.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Edith Kling; and Eldora Brady; and two brothers, Kenneth Baker; and Vernon Baker.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 11 at Juniper Village, 4920 Viceroy Ct., Cape Coral, Florida. Interment of ashes with a graveside service will be at MRE Cemetery in Berne at a future date. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Lee County, Florida or to the American Diabetes Association, sent in care of the family, will be forwarded to the charity.