In Remembrance of Irving Mark

Irving Mark

Irving Mark

Scranton, PA August 6, 1924 ~ April 16, 2012 Date of Service: April 19, 2012

Irving Mark, 87, a registered pharmacist, died Monday evening at home after a brief illness. His wife, the former Fay Lisses, died in 2006.

Irving was born and raised in Exeter, Pa., and was the son of Morris and Ethel Sicherman Mark. After graduating Exeter High School, Irv enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a member of the ASTP program at Louisiana State University. He served in the 99th Infantry Division/395C, and was involved in combat including the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, and a Purple Heart Medal, which he declined, in order to return to his unit. In 1997, he was quoted in “Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany” by Stephen E. Ambrose.

A graduate of Temple University School of Pharmacy, Irv was the proprietor of Mark's Pharmacy for over three decades at 215 W. Market Street in the Providence section of Scranton, and a pharmacist for several area pharmacies including Allen's Pharmacy in East Scranton. He was a member of the JCC Senior Adult Club, The Lackawanna County Pharmacy Association, the 99th Infantry Division Association, Temple Israel of Scranton and Congregation Ahavas Achim of Exeter.


Irving and Fay were married in 1956 and they raised three children in the Hill Section of Scranton. Surviving are Dr. Michael and Donna Mark of West Hartford, CT; Larry Mark of New York City; and Lisa and Helaine Mark of Marietta, GA; six grandchildren, Shirah, Hannah, Aaron, and Samuel Mark of West Hartford, CT; and Jordan and Jacob Mark of Marietta, GA; a sister Ruth Stein of Kingston; several nieces and nephews and their children; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Sidney Mark and Seymour Mark.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Thursday at 12:30pm in the West Pittston Jewish Cemetery by Rabbi Joseph Mendelsohn and Cantor Vladimir Aronzon.

Local shiva will be observed at the family residence 904 Taylor Avenue, Scranton on Thursday from 7PM-9PM, Friday 10AM-12PM, and on Sunday from 1PM-3PM, and through the remainder of the shiva period.

Memorial donations may be made to Temple Israel of Scranton, Monroe Avenue and Gibson Street Scranton, PA 18510 or the philanthropy of your choice.

 

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Faith Wegener
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Expression of Sympathy
Reply #6 on : Wed April 25, 2012, 02:33:11
Dear Michael and Donna,
I want to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of your Dad. I remember his visit to our synogogue quite a while ago and I remember how loving you and he were toward each other. It was lovely to see and very touching. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. May your memories bring you comfort and may G-d grant you peace.

Faith Wegener
Lane & Judy Medcalf
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OUR PRAYERS & CONDOLENCES
Reply #5 on : Tue April 24, 2012, 12:45:17
We know Irving will be greatly missed. We read the obituary and he had a remarkable life, he was a man who contributed so beautifully to Tikkun Olam. It was such a blessing that you were able to be with him just before his passing. All Comfort and Shalom surround you. Much love, with prayers, Lane & Judy
Jed & Steph
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Re: In Remembrance of Irving Mark
Reply #4 on : Tue April 24, 2012, 12:20:42
Steph and I wish you comfort and peace with the passing of your beloved father.
Mike and Micky Joyce
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Sad to hear about your dad's passing
Reply #3 on : Tue April 24, 2012, 07:06:39
Mike and I were sad to hear of you dad's passing.
Robert E. Humphrey
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the 99th Division
Reply #2 on : Tue April 24, 2012, 00:49:06
Let me offer my condolences to the Mark family. I never met Irving but I interviewed over 350 of his fellow GIs for my book, "Once Upon A Time In War: The 99th Division in WWII" --see Amazon.com for reviews. This is a powerful narrative that begins with Pearl Harbor and ends with tear-filled family reunions after the war. The book focuses on the experiences (in training and in combat), actions, thoughts, emotions and hardships of ordinary young men who eagerly volunteered for service. We all owe Irving and the others our praise and gratitude for putting their lives on the line defending the United States in WWII. Robert E. Humphrey Sacramento, CA
Georgetina
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Shalom
Reply #1 on : Mon April 23, 2012, 20:42:24
I am so sorry to hear about your father [in law]'s passing, Mark and Donna. May you be comforted among the mourners in Zion, and may His Shalom be your comfort during this time.

Love,

Georgetina