In Remembrance of Jane S. Markowitz

Jane S. Markowitz

Jane S. Markowitz

St. Petersburg, FL July 29, 1925 ~ January 6, 2014 Date of Service: January 10, 2014

Jane S. Markowitz, 88, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died Monday night at the Allegro at College Harbor in St. Petersburg, FL.  She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Markowitz, Ph.D who died in 1999.

Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Abraham and Dora Gernstein Sare, Jane was a member of Temple Israel and a graduate of Central High School. In 1943, she attended merchandising school in New York City.  Jane married Joseph Markowitz of Swoyersville, Pa, in 1949.  They lived in State College, Pa., where their son David was born, then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan.  In 1955, they moved to Pittsburgh, Pa, where daughter Lisa was born. Joe worked for Westinghouse until his retirement in 1990. Jane was a home-maker and a sales associate at Kenny Kardon, a children’s clothing shop.

In Pittsburgh, both Joe and Jane were co-founders of Beth Israel Center in 1957, a conservative congregation in the city’s southern suburbs.   They were both involved and engaged in helping the Congregation construct its own building and continued for many years to participate in  synagogue activities. Joe was President of the congregation from 1965-68, and Jane was a leader in the Sisterhood and the Center’s Education Committee, and taught both Hebrew and Sunday School.  In addition, she was very active in the Pittsburgh-area  Hadassah.

Jane and Joe retired to St Petersburg,  Florida in the late 1990s, where they were active in the Eckerd College ASPEC Program (Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College), and in the local synagogue Congregation B'nai Israel .

Surviving is her daughter Dr. Lisa Markowitz and husband David Ruccio of Louisville, KY; her son David Markowitz and wife Cyndi Fox of Pacific Grove, CA; her brother Lewis Sare and wife Gerry, of Scranton and FL; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the Temple Israel Cemetery, Dunmore, by Rabbi Moshe Saks.

There is no local shiva.

Memorial contributions may be made to  Hadassah, the American Civil Liberties Union, and ASPEC at Eckerd College.

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