CHARLOTTE, N.C. — BALTZER – Margaret Mary, Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Westover, died Dec. 8, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital-Main in Charlotte following a short illness. She was 80 years old having devoted most of those years to the life she shared with her husband, Charles. Born Oct. 14, 1932, and raised on a farm in Westover. Preceded in death by parents, John Elden and Genevieve Sylvia (Semelsburger) Johnston. In addition to her husband, Charles, Mrs. Baltzer is survived by sister, LaVonne Young; and nephew, Brad Young, both of Williamsport; and niece, Sandra Reese, Lock Haven. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a degree in business, but a diploma wasn’t the best thing she took from college. The Baltzers met at IUP, introduced by a fraternity brother of his. Their first date was a drive in the country. Love bloomed. The college sweethearts were married Aug. 29, 1953. Eight years later, the Celanese Corp. transferred Mr. Baltzer to Charlotte, where he worked in accounting and they happily put down roots. Mrs. Baltzer spent 37 years as well with Celanese (later Hoechst/Celanese) before retiring in 1996 as an executive administrative assistant. The Baltzers loved their church, Myers Park United Methodist; going to the beach and the theater; grilling steaks; and admiring the azaleas and other flowers that she planted at their home. Most of all, they loved each other. Even though Alzheimer’s made it harder for them to communicate, it couldn’t keep them apart. Mrs. Baltzer lived the past 15 months at Stewart Health Center at Cypress of Charlotte. Each day, Mr. Baltzer would drive from the family home in Ballantyne to spend the afternoon with her. At 5:30, they’d go into the dining room for supper. They had a table for two, where they’d share a meal and what conversation they could. At the end, Mr. Baltzer says, this was the highlight of their lives together. It was Mrs. Baltzer’s mother who taught her how to cook, a skill that served her (and her husband!) well. Mr. Baltzer says his wife baked a mean apple pie and made spaghetti sauce that was out of this world. “The all-day kind,” he says, boasting just a bit. Funeral service will be held Wednesday in Charlotte. Committal service will be at noon Friday at East Ridge Cemetery, near where she grew up. Family and friends will be received from 11:30 a.m. until time of service at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her honor can be made to Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28207. Mr. Baltzer looks back with the deepest gratitude on his life with Mrs. Baltzer. While Alzheimer’s took so much away, it couldn’t take away the fact that he believes she recognized him until the end. He could tell from her body language and the look in her eyes.
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