In Loving Memory of Sidney D. Markowitz
Sidney D. MarkowitzDickson City, PA June 21, 1922 ~ March 27, 2016 Date of Service: March 30, 2016
Sidney Markowitz, 93, of Dickson City, died Sunday in the Jewish Home, Scranton. He was preceded in death by his loving wife and partner, the former Irene S. Labinsky, on Sept. 23, 2006.
Born in Dickson City, he was the son of the late Ignatz and Ella Dab Markowitz.
He was educated in Dickson City public schools and was a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. Sid served in the Army during WWII in the European-African-Middle Eastern theater of operations with Company B, Sixth Armored Infantry Battalion, First Armored Division and was the recipient of the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with three Bronze Stars and the WWII Victory Medal.
Sid started working with his late brothers at Main Cut Rate in Scranton. Thereafter, along with his late wife Irene and late brother Hyman, they operated Markowitz Brothers in downtown Scranton, where he could be found for over 70 years greeting customers with his warm smile. He was the oldest lottery retailer in Pennsylvania, who was a true gentleman with a kind soul who did countless Mitzvahs (good deeds) for the less fortunate.
Before the passing of his wife, they traveled to their favorite towns of New York City and Philadelphia and attending numerous tobacco product conventions across the United States.
Sid was a great sports enthusiast, his favorite teams being the Cleveland Indians and the Penn State Nittany Lions. He was up-to-date on current sports information and could remember facts and statistics from 70 years ago.
He was a member of Beth Shalom Congregation, the Penn State Alumni Association and the Greater Scranton Penn State Chapter and was a 61-year member of Union Lodge 291 F&AM.
Through all his struggles and health issues, his optimism and smiles were contagious; he was a joy and blessing to his family and friends.
Surviving are two daughters, Georgia A. Fisch, Madison Twp.; and Patricia A. Fisch-Stanton, Scranton; a granddaughter, Michelle Knott; a great-granddaughter, Kylea McIntyre; several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Lenore Aaron; and brothers, David, Harry and Hyman.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with services by Rabbi Dovid Saks of the Jewish Heritage Connection. Interment in the Dickson City Jewish Cemetery.
The family will receive friends in the funeral home from noon until the time of service. Shiva will be observed at the Jewish Home, 1101 Vine St., Scranton, Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., and Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Student Scholarship Fund, c/o the Greater Scranton Penn State Chapter, P.O. Box 77, Scranton, 18504; or to the donor's favorite charity.