Joseph Marlovits

Joseph Marlovits
October 4, 1922 - April 2, 2013
Resident of Sunol
One of Joseph C. Marlovits fondest wishes was to be the last surviving B-17 WW ll combat pilot.
His life story is the epitome of the "greatest American generation" experience. He was born in the township of Sewickley, Pennsylvania on October 4, 1922, and his parents had emigrated from Austria. His father worked in the coal mines while his mom took in boarders and gave birth to 8 children, Joe being the youngest. Within a few years both parents had passed away, and many of the children were separated from each other. Even with the challenges of the Depression; but with the support from two of his sisters, Giz Marlovits Corona, and Ann Marlovits Nagy, he graduated from Sewickley Township High School. He always felt that joining the Army Air Corp was one of the luckiest breaks in his early life. He had his pilot's license long before he could drive a car. After completing his training, he was assigned to England where he flew 35 combat missions over Germany from June 1944 until December 1944. For his performance he was awarded several medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross.
When he returned to state side, he married Gwen Callen on January 13,1945. They were part of the generation who knew how to work hard, play hard, and be grateful for life in post war America. In December 1954, he left the, now called, United States Air Force and became an air traffic controller in Oakland, California. He and Gwen eventually built a house in Sunol, California where he retired in 1975 to concentrate on enjoying his family. It also gave him the time to pursue golf where he was a scratch player. At age 69, his goal was to shoot his age. He was able to do it once. Other interests were British history, classical music, his grandchildren, and a well informed, friendly disagreement. His long time marriage ended October 27, 1989 with the death of Gwen.
He stayed in Sunol and continued on with his love of family and golf even to the point where he became a marshal at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, California. In the fall of 2002, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and after a long decline, succumbed to pneumonia on April 2, 2013 at age 90.
He is survived by his only child, Judy Marlovits Corrie, her husband, Wayne Corrie, who reside in Sunol, grandchildren Brett Corrie, Lisa Corrie, grand-daughter- in-law, Susan Corrie, and great­ grandchildren Joe and Gwen Corrie. His sister Ann who helped raise him still lives in Ohio at the age of 99. His only other living sibling, Helen Felice also lives in Ohio at the age of 97.
To celebrate his life, a small private gathering will take place by family. There will be no formal services.


Published in Inside Bay Area on Apr. 20, 2013