Steven M. Markovich

Steven Michael "Bear" Markovich loving and adoring father, husband, brother, son, and friend lived his life on his own terms.
He is survived by his wife, Karen K. Roos Markovich.
They were married for 12 years this past March 17.
Known by many as "Bear", he was famous for his brutal honesty, undying loyalty, genuine integrity, and mischievous sense of humor.
To those closest to him, Steven was a sensitive, introspective, insightful, and loving man with an uncommon wisdom and always hardest on himself.
He is also survived by his mother, Nancy Fritzinger Trevena; his father, John Markovich; two daughters, Sarah C. and Jessica L. Markovich of Lansford; a twin brother, John James Markovich and his wife, Sue of Nesquehoning; two sisters, Jill, wife of Wayne Figner of Coaldale; Toni, wife of Fred Reichenbach of Franklin Township; and a niece, Carly Markovich.
His insatiable curiosity and love of learning drove him to seek new challenges.
With each project he undertook, his desire was to master his craft. Whether metal working, wood carving, toy making, leather tooling, or building his home, he pursued a standard of excellence.
Steve attended Carbon County C.T.I.-aka Vo-tech and graduated from Panther Valley High School in 1980. Through training and with his heart, he worked as a skilled machinist most of his life.
During the past two years, he worked as a correctional officer at the Carbon County Correctional Facility.
Steve also earned certifications as both a gun smith and an NRA instructor. Steve's love for the outdoors and his desire to help others inspired him to volunteer his service in the Army National Guard in California and as a member of the Blue Mtn. Search and Rescue Team.
Steven fought a courageous battle against cancer, but his greatest victory will always be the life he lived and the love he shared with his family and friends.
He lost his battle on Friday Dec. 7, 2012, while at home with his family.
Services:A viewing and celebration of his life will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the Ovsak Funeral Home, 190 S. 4th St. Lehighton with the Rev. Ray Lewis officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, Steven requested that donations be made to Tribute Program , PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 Online condolences can be offered at

Published in Times News on Dec. 8, 2012