Aleta D. Getman Huston

Aleta D. Getman Huston of Venice, Florida, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at home.

She was born April 22, 1925, in Oswego County, New York, to the late Alice (Calkins) and Harland E. Getman. Survivors include three sons, William B. Huston and wife, Anne, (Miaskiewicz), Keith Huston and Karl Huston and wife, Heidi (Frederickson); two daughters, Karen Marposon and husband, Chris, and Kathleen Huston; three grandchildren, Mindy Huston, Matthew Marposon and wife, Heather, Fipps, and Ali Marposon; sister-in-law, Jann (Lollier) Getman; and 10 nieces and nephews.

Aleta was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William L. Huston; her brothers Leland O. and Harlan R. Getman and his wife, Nancy (Dowling); and a dear grandson, William B. Huston Jr.

Aleta was a graduate of Mexico (N.Y.) High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Aleta had successful careers in New York State as Tompkins County 4-H Club Extension Agent; Child Case Worker in Social Services; School Teacher; and more than 20 years as a Real Estate Broker; while also volunteering as 4-H Club Leader; choir member and Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Wappingers Falls (NY); and passionately supporting her family’s many activities.

After retiring, Aleta and her husband William moved in 1996 from Poughkeepsie, NY to Venice, FL. There she continued her commitment to community service by volunteering in many capacities including: being an integral member of the Site Committee to locate and purchase land to construct the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice building; supervising Venice Concert Band volunteers (Band-Aids); forming a group of over 50 local leaders and 2600 petitioners that initiated the 10-year process to obtain city and school support, land, and funding for construction of the Venice Performing Arts Center; and as a Guardian Ad Litem as court advocate for Sarasota County youth. Additional activities included Sigma Kappa sorority, Pinebrook South Women’s Club, and Venice Newcomer’s Club. Aleta maintained a lifelong interest in learning and travel — she and her husband visited over 50 countries all over the world.

Aleta was much loved and her family wishes to thank her friends and excellent caregivers at Aston Gardens, Tidewell, and Pinebrook Center.

A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, November 17, at 2 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice, followed by a graveside gathering at Venice Memorial Gardens at 1950 Center Road, Venice. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to support Aleta’s commitment to 4-H youth may be made to the 4-H National Council at P.O. Box 37560, Baltimore, MD 21297-3560 or via https://4-h.org/get-involved/donate/.

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