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FARRELL, PA.– William “Papa” “Bill” C. Marks Sr., 76, of Gargano Towers, fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, after suffering from a fatal brain disorder known as CJD.

Bill was born on July 12, 1941, in Sharon, Pa., to Frank and Ann (Urdea) Marks.

He graduated from Sharon High School class of 1961. Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Cherry Point, N.C. He worked in the furnace department of Wheatland Tube Company for over 30 years, until his retirement. He was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Hermitage, Pa., a member of Compassionate Friends Support Group, and was active in helping Pro-Life of Mercer County.

He was a member of the Italian Home in Farrell, where he enjoyed playing bocce, was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, loved traveling to casinos and watching horse racing, most important to him was his grandchildren. Bill would pick his grandchildren up from school, take them to eat, and loved watching them play sports.

Surviving is a daughter, Debbie Marks (Kurt) of Sharon; son Reverend Father Kevin E. Marks, pastor of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Hermitage and St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Campbell, also the Vocation Director of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh; grandchildren Shayna (Ralph) Odem, Janayia Chester, SaVanah Chester, Kurtasia Chester and Brenton Cottle; great-grandchildren Sincere, Carter, twins Dream and Shiloh, Elijah, and Haylo on the way; a sister, Monica (Michael) Zipay; aunt Mary Lou (Tom) Cimoric; and former wife, Greta Marks. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, co-workers, and friends.

He was preceded in death by son, William “Billy” Marks Jr., who passed away April 11, 2014; parents Frank and Ann Marks; and uncle, William F. Marks.

Parastas prayer service will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Friends may call Sunday, March 11, 2018, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sherman Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 2201 Highland Road in Hermitage.

Panachida will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018, at the Sherman Funeral Home.

Funeral Divine Liturgy will be held Monday, March 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Hermitage, with Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla as main celebrant and co-celebrated by his priest and son, Rev. Kevin E. Marks, and other clergy.

Burial will take place in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Cemetery with full military honors offered.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Mercer County chapter of Compassionate Friends, 27 Hnida Rd. West Middlesex, PA 16159, in memory of Bill.

Please visit www.shermanfuneralhome.com where online condolences may be expressed.

Arrangements entrusted to the Sherman Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

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