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Obituary: Carleen Alt Gerber

Sat, Feb 18th 2017 03:00 pm

Carleen Alt Gerber passed away on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, with her family beside her. Devoted sister, mother, grandmother, matriarch, friend and one-time bicycle rodeo champion, Carleen inspired everyone she encountered with her free spirit, kindness, sense of humor, and positive attitude.

Known to some as Carly and to others as Dolly, she lived her entire life on Grand Island. She helped her parents to run Alt Chevrolet, the general store that was once at the corner of Whitehaven Road and Alt Boulevard, and cared for the animals on the Alt farm. Throughout life, she continued this compassion toward her granddogs, and to all animals, and was a friend to the pigeons, squirrels, groundhogs and other wildlife. Her tireless work ethic and love of family were evident in the way and the pride with which she raised two daughters - Nicole and Danielle - and her granddaughter, Caitlin Conlon; and doted on her little sister, Sandy.

With an enthusiasm to try anything and to celebrate every moment, Carleen's life was full of adventures. It was also apparent that she enjoyed little pleasures and whimsy. Life to Carleen was about what she did, not what she had. It was about experiences and the people around her, and she cherished her friendships and her family. She was sunshine, and she enchanted and motivated with her genuine, thoughtful and uplifting nature. We are better for having shared life with her.

A celebration of Carleen will be held on Mother's Day weekend at the Alt Farm on Whitehaven Road. Information will be posted on IsledeGrande.com in advance. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Another Chance for English Setters (ACES): www.englishsetterrescue.org.   

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