Marjorie T. Alter (O'Connor)

Dec 24th, 2018

Marjorie T.  Alter (O’Connor) 80 of Yarmouth Port died Monday December 24, 2018 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.

She was the wife of the late Joseph Alter, Esq.

Born in Boston, Mrs. Alter was the daughter of the late Dennis and Hannah (Tobin) O’Connor. She was raised and educated in Dorchester and graduated from Msgr. Ryan Memorial High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Newton College of Sacred Heart. Mrs. Alter was a longtime resident of Boston until she moved to Yarmouth Port in the early 1980’s.

Mrs. Alter was a past president of the Cape Cod Antiques Association, and was proprietor of the Emerald House Antiques in Yarmouth Port.

A communicant of Saint Pius X Church in South Yarmouth, Mrs. Alter was also a member of the National Audubon Society and the Heritage Plantation. She was an avid reader and enjoyed birds.

Mrs. Alter is survived by three brothers, Joseph O’Connor of Dennis, Daniel O’Connor of East Bridgewater and Gerard O’Connor of Dorchester; two sisters, Dorothy Spring of Falmouth and Patricia Tuohy of Mashpee. She was the #1 aunt to her many nieces and nephews and she will be greatly missed by her two Siamese cats, Charlie and Missy. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Alter was predeceased by her siblings, Mary Niedzialkowski, Catherine Bullock, Josephine McNiece, Francis O’Connor, Paul O’Connor and Dennis O’Connor, Jr.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday December 29 in Saint Pius Tenth Church, Station Ave., South Yarmouth.

Interment will follow in Chandler Gray Cemetery, West Yarmouth.

Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday December 28 in the Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., South Yarmouth.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

Guest Book

Joe & Kathy Gallagher
Friday - Dec 28, 2018 12:00 am

Dear Family, Our deepest sympathy in your loss of Marge. We have had the pleasure of knowing her for the past 4 years. She was a gracious lady, always smiling and willing to help and lend a hand whenever she could. She always had a positive attitude toward life and made what may had been a "bad" day so much better in just talking with her. She was a gift to us and she'll be missed forever...we feel very lucky to have known her.

Patti Tuohy
Friday - Dec 28, 2018 12:00 am

She was beautiful inside & out. The best Aunt. She was good to all of us, but I especially have fond memories from staying at Nana's on the weekends, allowing me time with Margie. Margie gave me my love of cities, specifically Boston. I knew how to take a train into Park Street, and walk to Downtown Boston by the time I was 8 years old. I had the skills to shop Filenes Basement and watch at the tags for the best price. I learned my street smarts from Margie as well- to avoid strangers, eyes forward on the train, and who to trust when you needed someone. I ate at the BEST restaurants- Anthony's Pier 4, Jimmy's Harborside, and around Fanuiel Hall. I learned how to place an order, speak to the waiter and be respectful of others. I had the pleasure of accompanying Margie to "10 minute mass", followed by a stop at Green Freedman's Bakery for breads and bagels, the best you could have! Margie had the best closet. We loved to sneak in and try out her clothes,scarves, shoes, boots and wigs! I loved her wigs. The books! She was an avid reader, as I have always been. I learned of foreign countries, history and imagination. She & Joe shared her Yarmouthport home with all of us, allowing for the most memorable summers a kid could have. (Why, yes, I summered on the Cape....") Margie always spoke to us as adults, and expected our best behaviors. She was the second Mother we all needed. Margie will forever remain in my memories, for everything above and more, as a strong, confident, adventurous, fearless, great sense of humor woman, with so much love for her family and friends. God Bless, Margie, and may Family welcome you to heaven with open arms.

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