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Joan Markowitz Obituary
Joan Markowitz

AGE: 78 • Larchmont, NY

Joan Markowitz (nee Spitzbart), 78, of Larchmont, NY, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. She was a devoted wife, a proud mother, and a doting grandmother. Born in the Bronx, she received her BA degree from Hunter College. Mrs. Markowitz became an effective and respected elementary school teacher for the New York City public school system. She was an avid reader and a history buff. She enjoyed writing poetry and was thrilled to have had many of her poems published in magazines and journals. One of her favorite sayings was: "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." Believing that children need a full-time mother, she left her teaching career to devote all of her energy toward raising two sons, both of whom went on to become doctors. Later in life, she returned to work as a substitute teacher for the Westchester County communities of Larchmont and Mamaroneck. She was active for many years in Congregation Anshe Sholom, New Rochelle, NY, where she was former President of Sisterhood. Throughout her life, Joan's closest friend and biggest supporter was her loving husband of 57 years, Arthur, who grew up with her in the same Bronx apartment building. They lived across the hall from each other as children, and they knew each other for their entire lives. Arthur was a devoted caregiver during Joan's many years of health problems.

She was pre-deaceased by her parents, Benjamin and Yetta Spitzbart. In addition to her grieving husband, she is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Charles Markowitz and wife Meryl of Ocean Township, New Jersey, and Dr. Bruce Markowitz and wife Debbie of Efrat, Israel, as well as six grandchildren, Sara, Bryan, Shoshana, Binny, Iliana, and Liora.

Burial services will be held at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Queens on Friday, January 4th. Shiva will be at the Markowitz home in Ocean Township.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 4, 2013
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