CHARLES HOWARD MARSCHKE - NAPLES, Fla. - Charles Howard Marschke, of Naples, Fla., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Oct. 27, 2013. Charles was born in Somerville, N.J., on Aug. 31, 1939. He graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich., the same day he wed his best friend and love of his life, Judith Marschke on June 6, 1966. The beginning of Charles' career was at the University of Iowa City where he advanced the development of Dosimetry with his experience that he received as an X-Ray technician in the U.S. Army. This experience led him to Vermont where Charles and Judith created a home and life in South Burlington and later in Hinesburg. Charles loved his career at the University of Vermont where he was at the forefront of the education in the development of the radiation therapy field. With his knowledge and experience, he was an integral part of what is now an accredited program for all radiation therapy education. He was well loved in the classroom by his students, for he was able to get them to truly understand and helped them create their own love for such a complicated and important field. He was with the University from 1974 to 1997. Charles attained the level of fifth degree Dan in the study of Taekwondo. He opened his own school where he was again able to use his passion of teaching. He shared his love for the sport and encouraged his students to do the very best they could be. Charles enjoyed his later years in Florida with Judith. He enjoyed traveling, listening to music, a good book and his NYT crossword puzzles. Charles is survived by his wife, Judith of Naples, Fla.; two children, Laura Marschke Bashara and husband Frederick Bashara III, of Montpelier; and Timothy C. Marschke and wife, Cheryl Potter Marschke of Barton; three grandchildren, Frederick IV and Lyvia Bashara, and Charlie Marschke; brother, James and wife, Rosemary Marschke, of Tavares, Fla. The family will hold a service for Charles on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 4 p.m. at St. Augustine Church in Montpelier, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Charles Marschke Memorial Fund, c/o the UVM Foundation, 411 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 17, 2013