April 16, 2012
Irving Mark, 87, a registered pharmacist, died Monday evening, April 16, 2012, at home after a brief illness. His wife, the former Fay Lisses, died in 2006. Irving was born and raised in Exeter, and was a 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, Conn.; 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, Conn.; and Jordan and Jacob Mark of Marietta, Ga.; 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 12:30 p.m. 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 Ave., Scranton, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., 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. Arrangements made by the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc. To send the family an online condolence or for further information, please visit www.DunmoreFuneralHome.com .
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 18, 2012