Anita Berta Markle

Anita Berta Markle, age 93, passed peacefully in her home Wednesday, February 23, 2022. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 4, 1928 to Ludwig and Berta Constantin. She was preceded in death by Francis, her loving husband of 59 years. Anita is survived by her daughters Gail Smith (Noel Howard, deceased) of Cleveland, OH and Karen Crim (Wes) of Columbiana, AL; grandchildren Daniel Smith (Monica) of Alexandria, VA; Michael Germana (Cristyl) of Oneonta, AL; Marisa Dickinson (Dana) of Travelers Rest, SC; Karin Smith of Seattle, WA; Gregory Crim of Sterrett AL; and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held Monday, February 28, 2022 in the Charter Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held at 10:30 am followed by a service at 11:30 am. Anita will be laid to rest beside her husband in the Alabama National Cemetery at 1:15 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the charity of your choice.


  1. Connie O'Toole on February 25, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Gail and Karen,
    May you go forward in life now knowing your loving parents are once again together and both dwell in the house of our Lord for all eternity.

    Aunt Anita,
    Your life was exceptional. Know how much you are/were loved by all. You led by example, a life full of grace, dignity and compassion.
    You welcomed me into your home years ago, when my parents divorced, and treated me as one of your own for weeks. I have never forgotten your kind words and the sympathy and compassion you showed me.
    In Uncle Johnny’s final years you brought him to my home several times and let my children see and know just what beautiful human beings and couple you two always were. Your marriage was invincible.
    I will love you for all eternity. Rest well my sweet Aunt.

  2. Marisa Dickinson on February 27, 2022 at 12:18 am

    goodbye, grandma. we’re all sad because we’ll miss you. but we’re so happy that you’re at peace and with your guy again!

    I will treasure those last days with you, Karin, Daniel and Aunt Karen forever. you were tired and ready to go, but still so present, and showing us that you knew we were there. you showed your strength and your strong will right up to the end. I’m forever grateful to have been there. I love you, and when I get to heaven, I’ll look for grandma’s hands.

  3. Sharon Bullock on February 28, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Praying for your family that you are finding peace.