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Maurice James Marks
  • St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church - Christian Services Fund
    31555 Hoover Road
    Warren, MI 48093

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“I've never had so much fun being regaled with stories of WWII Naval radio work, even if I didn't understand it all. Maurice was more than willing to...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Sam Evans - Providence, RI

“We are so sorry for your loss of husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. We were glad we meet him at Anna and Nathan's wedding. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Wayne and Margaret Schumacher - OK

“Dear Lorraine and family, My deepest sympathies for Maurice's passing. Prayers and thoughts are with you always for blessings. Sincerely, James Marks...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: James Marks - Miami, FL - Family

“Dear Lorraine and family, My deepest sympathies for Maurice's passing. Prayers and thoughts are always with you for blessings. Sincerely, James Marks...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: James Marks - Miami, FL - Family

“Dear Lorraine and Family...we are saddened to hear of Maurice's passing yet know in our hearts that he is at peace now with our Savior and Lord in...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: George & Sue Eichorn - Warren, MI

“Sadden to hear of the passing of Maurice. Knew him through involvement at St. Sylvester. He was so nice and kind! Just a joy to talk to. Rest in...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Elaine Drewek - Warren, MI

Maurice James Marks, age 91, died Saturday, October 28, 2017 at St. John Macomb Hospital in Warren, Michigan. Mr. Marks was born March 14, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late William and the late Florence (nee: Hebron) Marks.

The son of a traveling salesman, Maurice would experience a number of different homes in a very early age. From his birth city of Brooklyn, it was at the young age of 2 that the family picked up stakes and moved to sunny California. Three years later, a new opportunity for his father found them headed to the land of weeping willows in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After a six year stint, it was at the age of 11 that the Marks family headed north to become Michiganders. The Mitten State was the one in which more stable roots were planted and where Maurice received his education. He attended and graduated from St. Martin of Tours Catholic High School. Following graduation, his desire to be a part of the war effort bore a heavy call on his heart and led him to enlist in the armed forces.

So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to Mr. Marks for his service to our country during World War II as a sailor in our great United States Navy. Serving from June 1944 thru June 1946, much of his military time was spent at sea aboard the vessels, the USS – PC1190, the USS Egeria, and the naval destroyer, USS Welles. His duty assignment was in communications where he served as a Radio Operator, ultimately attaining the rank of RM 3rd Class. For his sacrifices made in preserving the cause of freedom, and his bravery and patriotism in answering the call of America, we honor Mr. Marks and extend our posthumous gratitude for his willingness to stand in harm's way on our behalf.

Upon his return from the war, Maurice put his best foot forward and gained employment with the Ford Motor Company. Possessing a skill set strong in office procedures, his talents were focused in the bookkeeping realm for the automotive giant. Always seeking to better himself, a bit of job seeking landed Maurice a new position at the Arrow Liquor Company where his bookkeeping prowess was once again put to work. While in their employ, he had thoughts of climbing the ladder toward success, but knew that he would need to obtain an advanced degree in order to join the big boys. So it was about that time that he enrolled at the University of Detroit to get that degree,…a journey he pursued over the next 10 years. As time marched on, Arrow Liquor sold their business to the Hubline Company, and it wasn't long afterwards that Maurice saw the handwriting on the wall of the changes coming down the pike,…so the job seeking desires were tickled once again. But know he was headed out with a degree in hand and a vision set on higher dreams. At the age of 40, Maurice's resume and experiences were recognized for the hard worker he'd proved to be as he was offered a position within the City of Warren as an Auditor. It is there he would spend the next 19 years, the remainder of his working career, until ultimately accepting his well-deserved retirement.

A devout parishioner of St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Warren, many may remember his smiling face and helpful assistance as one of the church's faithful ushers. Possessing a strong and abiding faith, Maurice impacted countless lives with his care and compassion as a follower of Christ, and part of his dear family at St. Sylvester's.

As for his favorite pastimes, right there toward the top of the list was his love for bowling. An avid bowler, for sure,…he so enjoyed the sport, as well as the fun and camaraderie that always seemed to be a part of it all. It was truly an All-American sport for an All-American kind of guy.

Yet amidst all of this personal data, one of the most important mentions would have to be the one who stood beside him through thick & thin,…his beautiful bride, Lorraine. The two lovebirds exchanged their vows and were married on February 4, 1956 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Detroit. It is there that they would make their first home and reside until 1961 when they relocated to Warren.

Another of Maurice's favorite pastimes involved traveling, something he shared with Lorraine as they became globetrotters together. Within their portfolio of places visited, he was proud to share that they had seen each of the 50 states in all their glory. Outside of the U.S., their travels took them to such destinations as Ireland, the Holy Land, as well as many trips to Europe. But perhaps most memorable was their visit to Rome where Maurice was blessed to share a private audience with the Pope,…a visit that had to be a monumental moment in the life of this good Catholic boy. But of all the travel he enjoyed, the remarkable aspect had to be that he never flew in an airplane until that wonderful 50th birthday trip for Lorraine to the Hawaiian Islands.

A storied life and a host of wonderful experiences, Maurice was blessed in so many ways, but none-so-much as his precious family. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Maurice leaves a legacy of love for all to embrace who were blessed to know this wonderful man. He doted on his dear family, especially his treasured grandchildren. They were the apple of his eye and gave him so much to live for and enjoy. He touched so many with his kindness and compassion and will be pleasantly remembered and missed immensely.

Beloved husband of Lorraine for 61 years, Maurice was also the loving father of Marykay (Mark Cynar) Marks, John (Dena) Marks, James (Frances Wolcott) Marks and Edward (Julie) Marks. Treasured grandfather of Ellen (Samuel Evans) Cynar, Anna (Nathan Schumacher) Cynar, Paula