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Norma M. Agler

January 5, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Norma Marceline (Baker) Agler, 86, of Cape Coral, formerly of Berne, Ind., died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Cape Coral Hospital. She was born in Decatur, Ind., to Franklin O. and Opal (Butcher) Baker Dec. 4, 1926. She was married to Noel L. Agler on Sept. 26, 1948.

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, Ind., 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 Berne Nursing Home and medical director for Jay County (Indiana) 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, Ind.

She was well known for her compassion and caring as a nurse and as an individual. Following the blizzard that blanketed the Midwest in 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 U.S. Navy, in which he enlisted during World War II. 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 of 64 years, Noel Agler, of Cape Coral; daughters, Paula (Thomas) Eckerty of Cape Coral and Janelle McKinley of North Fort Myers; sons, Thomas (Ann) Agler of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Timothy (Deborah) Agler of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her 99-year-old brother, Otis Baker, of Logansport, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Edith Kling and Eldora Brady, and brothers Kenneth Baker and Vernon Baker.

A memorial service will be held at Juniper Village, 4920 Viceroy Court, Cape Coral, Friday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m.

Interment of ashes with a graveside service will be at MRE Cemetery in Berne at a future date.

Preferred memorials are to Hope Hospice of Lee County or the American Diabetes Association, and those sent in care of the family will be forwarded to the designated charity.



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