Frank H. Markus, affectionately known as “Frankie,” of Chesapeake, Va. and formerly of Phillipsburg, N.J., lost his courageous two and-a-half-year battle with cancer on Aug. 30, 2016, with his wife Fran by his side.
Born on July 15, 1941 in Phillipsburg, N.J., he was the son of the late Louis Frank Markus and Rose Lucas Markus. Frankie and Fran celebrated 25 years of marriage just last week.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael Markus of Budd Lake, N.J.; three grandchildren, Chelsea, Tucker and Eric Markus; his loving sister, Mary Hagaman and a sister-in-law, Carol Markus, both of Phillipsburg, N.J.
He also has two stepchildren, Cathy Anderson (Tom) of Virginia Beach and Butch Cutsler (Brenda) of Doylestown, Pa.; four stepgrandchildren, Jenni Hoilman (Rory), Kelley Rummel (Stephen), Jarrett Cutsler (Jess) and Austin Cutsler and his fiancée, Lindsay and two very special great-grandchildren, Rowan and Wally Hoilman. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed by his faithful little fur baby, “Sugar Pie,” who never left him out of her sight. He was preceded in death by his son, Frank; a daughter, Margaret “Meg,” who were taken way too soon; two brothers, Louis, Sr., and James of Phillipsburg and a sister, Rose Markus of Anchorage, Alaska.
Frankie served honorably in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Grand Canyon during the Vietnam War and his ashes will be committed at sea with the fish that he loved, in a military ceremony.
He was a graduate of Phillipsburg High School, Class of ’58 and graduated from The Professional School of Business and Northampton Community College. He retired from the New Jersey Department of Corrections after 20 years and was a real estate broker in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for more than 35 years, where he received many accolades. He was a member of the NRA, the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, American Legion Post 280, in Chesapeake, Va. and Phillipsburg Masonic Lodge, No. 52. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and trying to teach his wife to do these things wherever they traveled.
There will be a celebration of his life held on Sept. 17 at his “Happy Place” at the beach home of Cathy and Tom Anderson, 627 Maryland Ave., Virginia Beach, Va. All friends and family are welcome to stop by from 2-6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 1 at Rupell Funeral Home, 465 Memorial Pkwy., Phillipsburg, N.J., with members of his Masonic Lodge officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sidney M. Oman Cancer Treatment Center, Chesapeake, Va., the Kindred at Home, Hospice Center or the cancer treatment center of your choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.