Michael Lawrence Lynn (Big Papa) Markert

Michael Lawrence Lynn (Big Papa) Markert, 55, of 411 Zuccolotto Ln., Brockway, died Saturday evening, Oct. 5, 2013 in his residence surrounded by his family and friends.Born May 11, 1958 in Lorain, Ohio, he was the son of the late Frank William and Carol Aileen (Grose) Markert of Emporium.He graduated from Cameron County High School in 1976. On Nov. 18, 1978, he married the love of his life and best friend Teresa J. (TJ) Wittman, who survives.He retired from Bassetti Landscaping of Brockway and previously had worked for Walmart Distribution of Woodland.He had served with several fire departments: the Emporium Fire Department in which he had joined in 1974 with the JR Apprentice through CCHS and followed duties as 2nd lieutenant, captain, 1st assistant chief, and served as fire chief for three years. He also served with the Johnsonburg Fire Department for several years and the Sabula Fire Company in which he retired from. Mike was also a member of the Emporium Police Department and Ambulance Service, the Johnsonburg Ambulance Service, and Chapter 11 Forty Coachmen Club. He also volunteered his time to the Johnsonburg Methodist Church as the van driver and was well known for “Santa Claus” for Highland View Health Care of Brockway.Mike enjoyed woodworking, landscaping, tinkering in his garage, fixing vehicles, and spending time with family and friends. Most of all he loved his grandchildren and plowing snow.He is survived by his wife, Teresa; daughters Melissa A. Volosky of Reynoldsville and Jessica L Markert of Brockway; three grandchildren, Zachary Volosky of Reynoldsville, and Abigail Markert and Aerith Caracciolo of Brockway; a sister, Veronica (Freedline) Bowley of Johnsonburg; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.He is proceeded in death by his parents Frank and Carol Markert.A Firemen’s Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 12, 2013 at the Moorhead United Methodist Church in Brockway with the Rev. David Nagele. Friends and family will be received at one hour prior to a memorial service and then at family‘s residence after the service. The family asks that no flowers be sent but requests donations be made to Emporium Fire Department, Hahne Cancer Center of Dubois, and DRMC Home Health & Hospice.