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Carolyn M. “Kit” Alter – 91, of Allegheny Township, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 1, 2019.
Born January 23, 1928 in New Kensington to the late Carl and Helen Shaner Stafford, “Kit” was a 1944 graduate of Ken-High. She later graduated from Indiana State Teachers College, receiving two Masters of Education Degrees. Kit was a Senior English teacher for 30 years and taught at Fox Chapel, Knoch and Highlands High Schools. She retired from Highlands High School in 1991.
Kit was a member of the Pine Run Presbyterian Church in Allegheny Township, a founding member of Benefactors of Allegheny Township (BOAT) and a member of the Allegheny Township Historical Society. She loved to travel all over the United States and abroad, and owned a second home in Winter Haven, Florida for over 25 years. In 1981, Kit developed her own Funnel Cake recipe and enjoyed traveling to fairs and festivals to make and sell them. She did so, alongside her family and friends, for over 20 years. She also enjoyed playing cards, working crossword and jig saw puzzles, and supporting her granddaughter’s passion for showing horses.
Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia (Robert) Walters- Heuser and granddaughter Trisha Heuser of Palm City, FL, Sisters Eileen (Hilary) Holste of Pittsburgh, PA and Patricia Gray of Sarver, PA, sister-in-law Virginia “Jean” Stafford of Winston Salem, NC. She is also survived by two cousins she raised from a young age; Emma Shaner Montgomery of Sharon, PA and John “Jack” (Linda) Shaner of Lower Burrell, PA and step-children Susan (Mark) Shearer-Jones, Dennis (Leona) Shearer, George Michael (Gay) Shearer, Ruth Ann (John) Alter-Vilsack, David (Carol) Alter, Keith (Kathleen) Alter, Clay Alter, and Jenny (Butch) Alter-Adams. Kit is also survived by many grandchildren and step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Kit was preceded in death by her husbands, George Walters, Edwin “Ed” Shearer and Roy “Bud” Alter, a brother, John “Jack” Stafford, brother-in-law, Gerald “Jerry” Gray, step-daughter, Faye Alter-Gonzalez and grandson, Sean Montgomery.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at a time to be announced. ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD. of New Kensington was entrusted with the arrangements.