SMETHPORT - Joseph Francis Marquart III, 78, of Smethport, passed away Friday (Sept. 23, 2016) in St. Vincent Health Center in Erie.
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He was born Nov. 30, 1937, in Philadelphia, a son of Joseph Francis II and Anna Halloran Marquart. On June 9, 1962, in Philadelphia, he married Julie M. Merkle, who survives.
Mr. Marquart was a graduate of North East Catholic High School of Philadelphia and attended the New York State Ranger School in Syracuse for forestry.
He was an Airman 2nd Class in the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Cold War era, where he was stationed in Germany.
Joe had worked as a procurement forester for Hammermill Paper Co., and then International Paper Co. for 36 years before retiring.
He was a member of the Society of American Foresters, the North Eastern Loggers Association, was a former Rotarian in Smethport, was a member of the McKean County Conservation District for more than 20 years, where he held numerous offices, was a former member of the Smethport Volunteer Fire Department, was a Pennsylvania Tree Farmer, and was an active member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Smethport, where he was a lector and usher.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Joseph F. (Anna P.) Marquart IV of Springfield, Va.; two daughters, Julie M. (Jon Wagner) Marquart of Seattle, Wash., and Mary M. (Daniel) Kalusz of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren, Daniel, Adam, and Anna Kalusz and Wren Wagner; and one brother, Thomas E. Marquart of Palmyra, N.J.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor, as celebrant. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Elizabeth Church Building Fund; Hamlin Memorial Library; or a
Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
2 Bank Street
Smethport, PA 16749
Published in The Bradford Era from Sept. 26 to Oct. 6, 2016