Arthine June Mark

June 7, 1923 - September 1, 2017

There will be a celebration service of Arthine's life at the Ossining First Presbyterian Church, 34 South Highland Ave., Ossining, NY 10562 914-941-0540 at 4:00 PM Sunday September 24.
A potluck dinner will follow in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Dorsey Funeral Home, inc. in Ossining

Arthine June Mark
June 7, 1923 - September 1, 2017
Arthine June Mark, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 Artine was born at home on Staten Island New York on June 7, 1923, the fifth child of Minnie and Arthur Roesler. Delivered by her grandmother, who was the local midwife at a time when most births occurred at home. The midwife would stay until the new mother could manage.
Arthine's great love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his people is known far and wide. She was born and baptized in the Moravian church. At age 8 her cousin Ruth took her to Sunday school at the First Presbyterian Church Presbyterian church in Stapleton, Staten Island and introduced her to the pastor. Little Arthine was so nervous that she promptly threw up on the pastor's shoes. At Sunday school she met little Jackie Mark who, on that first day, took her hat and would not give it back… for a while. Arthine and Jack were always members of the choir.
As an adult with two small children and working full time, Mom was the Sunday school superintendent at First Presbyterian church. John can remember her leading in song and teaching.
While living in New Jersey from the 1970s to the 90s and attending Andover Presbyterian Church Arthine held many positions of responsibility including deacon and head of missions. In the early 2000's when she moved next door to John they attended Bible study at Ossining's First Presbyterian Church where she also was an active member and John's St. Augustine Church. She was known for copious amount of homework with cross-references. It was fitting that mom breathed her last peacefully while our friend Carol was praying with her.
While in high school Arthine was in training to "go to business" as a secretary like her older sister Marie. In her sophomore year she decided that she wanted to help people like her neighbor Winnifred who she saw marching off to work as a registered nurse in her beautiful white uniform holding her white cap in a bag. Her mother and father said "no you cannot change courses". Undeterred, Arthine wrote a letter to her parents explaining why she wanted to become a nurse and that she would double up on courses in order to reach her goal. Her parents, when they saw that she was serious, agreed. Upon graduation, with honors, from Curtis high school she was accepted into the Staten Island Hospital school of nursing in 1941, just before the attack on the US and our entry into WWII.
Arthine's boyfriend Jack Mark immediately enlisted in the Navy. During the war dad had the USS Wasp aircraft carrier sunk out from underneath him by enemy torpedoes. Mom was so frightened she sent him a dear John letter ending their engagement. When he came home on leave Jack's sister Amy arranged for him to be at her apartment and invited Arthine separately. Amy had Jack in the kitchen making "navy coffee" and sent Arthine into the kitchen for something when she got to the apartment. The rest is history mom apologized for the dear John letter and immediately asked him to marry her. He gave the proper response: "when?". Because his leave was short they married two days later.
On graduation from nursing school in 1944 Arthine commenced a career as a registered nurse that would span 50 years. She worked at numerous hospitals during World War II and the Korean War, going wherever dad was stationed: Massachusetts Gen., Baltimore, Newport and back to Staten Island Hospital, Bellevue and Richmond Memorial when dad got an overseas post again. Mom worked in the ER, burn unit (where she became known as butterfly fingers for not hurting people during debreeding) and charge nurse of a floor. Jack was stationed in the Philippine islands on a PT boat when the invasion for Japan was planned. Thank God that the United States did not have to invade Japan and lose an estimated 1 million sailors, airmen and soldiers probably including Jack. Arthine retired from nursing in 1973 after 17 years as the school nurse responsible for 1500 middle school students in Byram Township, Northwest New Jersey.
Arthine, at the beginning of the women's liberation movement in the 60s, exclaimed in the hearing of her children "I don't know what that's all about. Liberation from what? I certainly don't need any liberation. I have a church I love. I have a husband and a family that I love. I have a job that I love and no one has ever stopped me from doing what I love."
Arthine is predeceased by her parents, brothers William and Edmund and sisters Gladys who died at birth (D) and Marie. Arthine and the love of her life Jack (John Mark Junior), who predeceased Arthine February 28, 1982, had 5 children Janet (Donald Kish (Deceased) and Dennis Burke (Deceased) – the oldest, who predeceased Arthine on November 11, 2015, Jeanne who was stillborn. Arthine and Jack are survived by their other children John (Mary), Brian (Karolina) and Donald (Sara), 11 grandchildren: Christine Healy (James), Donald John Kish, John Kish (Michelle) , Janet Kish (Deceased) Steven Kish (Deceased), Jacy Mark, John Mark IV, Erin Elyse Mark, Alex Mark, Jessica Mark, Christian Mark. 10 great-grandchildren: Richard Bauer, Zachary Bauer, James Healy, Cassandra Kish, Jonathan Kish, Christopher Kish, Catherine Kish, Steven McGlocklan, Corinthiana-Lynn McGlocklan (D) there are 4 great-great-grandchildren: Matthew Gross, Ethan Kish, Adrian Kish, and Owen Bauer totaling 30 descendents from Arthine and Jack.
In closing, Arthine June Mark made lifelong friends no matter where she went spreading her love and receiving the love of others.
There will be a celebration service of Arthine's life at the Ossining First Presbyterian Church, 34 South Highland Ave., Ossining, NY 10562 914-941-0540 at 4:00 PM Sunday September 24.
A potluck dinner will follow in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Dorsey Funeral Home, inc. in Ossining

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