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Flood victim recovered, family awaits identification

Friday, 29 May, 2015 - 8:00 am


The body of an elderly man was recovered near the Houston Ship Channel Thursday evening, May 28.

A Houston family is waiting for an identification from the medical examiner to confirm if it is their father, Jack Howard Alter, 87, husband of Shirley Wesler Alter, 85, who was drown in flooding along Brays Bayou, Tuesday, May 26.

Members of the Alter family decline comment Thursday night, pending the M.E. report.

It's believed that the man's remains were found by tanker workers.

Shirley and Jack and their 55-year-old daughter were picked up by a rescue boat in the 5000 block of N. Braeswood Boulevard at around 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Minutes later, the boat capsized and the Alters were taken away by the current, according to the daughter, who survived the disaster.

Authorities recovered Shirley�s body late Tuesday morning.

A funeral and memorial service is planned for Sunday, May 31, at Beth Yeshurun synagogue, followed by a graveside service at Beth Yeshurun cemetery, 1037 N. Post Oak Rd.

Shirley and Jack were married 63 years. They were members and active volunteers of Congregation Beth Yeshurun, and also volunteered at Holocaust Museum Houston. They lived together in Houston since 1955.

The JHV will continue to report on developments. 

See article here on jhvonline.com

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