A Funeral Mass for Norbert Markert will be held on Friday (June 5, 2009) at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral with the Rev. Terry LaValley officiating. Mr. Markert passed away on Wednesday (June 3, 2009) at home surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with cancer. Arrangements are with the Frary Funeral Home. Calling hours will be held on Thursday (June 4, 2009) 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Frary Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Notre Dame Cemetery.
Norbert is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Irma of Ogdensburg, a daughter Nancy Ann Seweryn of Newtown Square, PA, granddaughter Lisa Irene Seweryn of Newtown Square, PA, a daughter Mary Louise Markert of Durham, NC, a daughter and son-in-law Cynthia Irene Pygin and Alan Pygin of LaCanada, CA, a grandson Alex Pygin and granddaughter Brianna Pygin, both of LaCanada, CA, a son and daughter-in-law Norbert Ralph Markert and Mary Markert of Berwyn, PA, and two granddaughters Megan Elizabeth and Michelle Louise Markert both of Berwyn, PA.
Norbert was born on June 9, 1918 in Detroit Michigan, the son of Norbert and Hertha Markert. He attended local schools and graduated from Detroit Southeastern High School in 1936. Norbert attended Michigan State University graduating with a BS in Agriculture in 1940. He lettered in marksmanship. He worked with his uncle in a florist shop until he joined the army in February 1942. He was stationed during World War II in England at Duxford Fighter Station with the 1042nd Signal Company. He excelled on the Pistol Team. He was honorably discharged from the Army on December 1945. After the War he continued his education at Wayne State University obtaining a Masters degree in Psychology. He did further graduate work in Psychology at Purdue University. At Purdue, Norbert met his future wife, Irma Lalonde of Ogdensburg, New York.
Norbert had a 38 year (1951-1989) career in the Ogdensburg public school system as the School Psychologist. He tested generations of children in the Ogdensburg public schools. His love for children was well known. At his retirement dinner in 1989, he began his remarks saying “It’s all about the children.” Through the years he taught psychology at Wadams Hall and worked summers at the State Hospital.
Norbert was active in the Ogdensburg community. Upon his arrival in Ogdensburg after his marriage, he joined St. Mary’s Cathedral parish. He was a member of the Cathedral players acting group. He served as a lector for many years and later as a trustee of the parish and served on the Pastoral Council. He was an avid bridge player. He helped found the Ogdensburg Duplicate Bridge Club in approximately 1954. He served for many years as its first director. He was a member of Kiwanis. He was on the board of the United Helpers.
Norbert’s passion through the years was gardening. The garden at his home, developed in partnership with his wife Irma, has been visited by gardeners nationally and internationally. He was active in the Adirondack chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and was active in the national organization as well. He and his wife were presented with an award for distinguished service and devotion to the Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. He was an honorary member of the Ottawa Valley Rock Garden and Horticultural Society. He participated in many beautification projects for Ogdensburg and was presented a certificate with his wife Irma as Citizens of the Year of Ogdensburg by the Chamber of Commerce on November 15, 1997 in recognition of their outstanding community service. In 2004 he received an Award of Distinction from the Ogdensburg Garden Club in recognition of his noteworthy contribution to Civic Beautification. He and his wife gave many lectures on Rock Gardening and other topics to garden clubs and rock garden societies.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley,6805 US Hwy
11, Potsdam, NY 13676.