Kathy L Marker

Born: Tue., May 29, 1951
Died: Tue., Mar. 2, 2021

Private Services


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 07, 2021
Location: Reichard Funeral Home

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Kathy Lynette Marker, of Union City passed away on March 2nd at State of the Heart Hospice in Greenville, Ohio at the age of 69. She was born May 29, 1951 and raised in Union City, Ohio. She attended Mississinawa Valley school system and graduated in 1969. Right after graduation she was able to tour some of Europe with the All Ohio State Youth Choir where she forged friendships and memories. She studied education and music at Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY. She was an excellent musician, playing the piano, organ, and trumpet. After graduation she taught at Tri Village Schools for one year as the instrumental and vocal music instructor and then taught at Bradford School systems for the next 30 years. She taught music and, after obtaining her Masters degree in health science from Ball State University in 1981, she transitioned to teaching middle school and high school science. She also taught driver’s ed for a time. She retired from teaching in 2004 and recently served as a substitute teacher almost daily until late January of this year. She was an active musician in the Greenville Municipal Concert Band for 53 years, playing trumpet. She played organ for Hillgrove Federated Church from childhood long into adulthood. She played piano for many weddings and special events.
She was an active member of her community. She began as an EMT in 1983 and went on to become one of the first female paramedics in Union City, Ohio. She worked countless hours at the fire department. She ran with the department until 2019. She began as a dispatcher at the department in 1986 and then worked as a clerk of mayor’s court. She mentored many EMTs and paramedics over the years and was known for her kindness, patience, and teaching skills. She received the paramedic of the year award several times.
Kathy was a creative and skilled cake baker, known for her wedding and graduation cakes. This is a skill she honed and shared with her mother. Over the years she learned to decorate with flowers, fountains, and other details to make the cakes perfect for the bridal couple. She had done this so long that she took pride in doing cakes for children of her former students. She was also a fantastic cook and she was known to share her specialties with her loved ones. Everyone knew her home cooked meals, her red velvet cakes, and her sugar cream pie.
She loved to share her sense of humor, especially with her beloved brother, Ivan “Scott” Marker.  They could tell stories without ever saying a word. She retained her smile and expressions to the very end. She never married or had children but loved her extended family as her own. Her sister-in-law Barbara (Martin) Marker, nephew Christopher (Amy) Marker, and niece Dana (Daniel) Portillo. Great nephews include Cody (Taylor) and Ben Marker, Matthew Portillo, great nieces Kendell (Jacob) Wolfe and Marissa (special friend Richard Briere) Combs. She was predeceased by her father Chalmer Franklin Marker and her mother Lotha Lee (Landers) Marker.
She would want mentioned her love of all animals, most recently her cat Kiki whom she loved for the last 20 years.
Donations can be made to State of the Heart Hospice in Greenville, Spirit Medical Transport in Greenville, or the College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, IN with envelopes available at the funeral home.
Visitation will be at the Reichard Funeral Home, 400 W. Deerfield Rd., Union City, IN from 4 to 7 pm Sunday March 7, 2021 and, due to health concerns, the service will be by private invitation only. Pastor Scott Trittschuh will be delivering the message. Burial will be held in the Greenville Cemetery. Masks will be required. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reichardfh.com.

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   Posted Thu March 04, 2021
Mrs. Marker was the sweetest person, EVER. From being my biology teacher, to making graduation/wedding/ shower cakes, to subbing in my building, she was absolutely amazing at whatever she did. I recently enjoyed catching up with her when she would sub in my building, she would ask me about my family and all the kids I went to school with. I always filled her in with who is where and what was going on. She ALWAYS had a smile on her face and always made others feel important. Her laugh was infectious, she will be greatly missed.

Onda Creager(Livingston)
   Posted Thu March 04, 2021
Sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. A lot of good memories with Kathy in band at school and our 4-H years together. She was a great person and will be sadly missed.

Michelle Lavey
   Posted Thu March 04, 2021
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Tammi Yohey Painter
   Posted Thu March 04, 2021
I am so sad to hear of Miss Marker's passing... She was my "safe haven" at school... She played the organ at my wedding in 1989.... She was a remarkable woman period... Prayers for her family... She will be greatley missed

Lori (Poling) Rammel
   Posted Thu March 04, 2021
Kathy’s first teaching job was my gift to have her as my band teacher, then later in life to meet up again to go to Paramedic school together, then later run with Union City fire together, then she blessed us with making our beautiful wedding cake and attended our wedding. My life was blessed by knowing her, I will miss her beautiful smile and infectious laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends.

Judith (Fries) Brooks
   Posted Thu March 04, 2021
Ms. Marker was one of the best teachers I've ever had she was stern but fun and class was never dull. She had th greatest smile and sense of humor. I was just talking to a friend the other day about her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and close friends. She will never be forgotten!

Scott and Judith Stahl
   Posted Thu March 04, 2021

Scott and I were so sorry to hear of Kathy passing. While Scott was Mayor he had a lot of fun and a lot of laughter with Kathy. She will be missed. I enjoyed my visits with her also.

Doug Wright
   Posted Thu March 04, 2021
Kathy was a great lady. When she ran with Union City, Oh. Fire Dept. as a paramedic she devoted her life to that department. She put in countless hours of helping the community. She will be greatly missed by all of her friends in the community and also in the fire service. Rest in peace Kathy.

Maria Brewer
   Posted Thu March 04, 2021
I am so saddened to hear of Kathy's passing, she was a remarkable lady. Kathy made my wedding cake and all three of my daughter's, most recently made my daughter's this past August. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy is already missed by many.

Linda Catherine Dunn
   Posted Fri March 05, 2021
Kathy was such a wonderful person on so many levels. From High School to adult, she was the best. So many good memories and grateful ones like the time she and the squad took my father to the hospital. And transporting my mother. She had the best sense of humor and so much caring for others.

Jessica Hunt Byram
   Posted Fri March 05, 2021
I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Marker when she helped save my dads life while he was having a heart attack. She was so sweet and loving to not only him when she helped him but to our family. She would call me to check on him and would stop in to check on him after he got home. She was such a caring person. My kids then got to know her while she substituted at MV, they loved when she would be in the class room. Her brother was one of my favorite teachers so I can imagine why my kids loved her. May she rest in peace, God only takes the best and she is proof.

Prayers to Mr. Marker and his family, she was a great person!

Brian Cline
   Posted Fri March 05, 2021
December of 1991, I still remember it like it was yesterday. Kathy came into the Fire Department told me she was my Paramedic on Monday night and that I was going to be a EMT within the next 18 months. She then spent countless hours going through the EMT training books with me. Every Monday night she would take time from what she was doing to help me. By the time I finished the Kathy Marker Pre-EMT class, and went to the training class in Dayton. I felt like I could have taught the class. What made Kathy such a special person was that she could teach anyone. She had a way of explaining things that it would just make sense. And 21 months after our first meeting I was an EMT passing the test with a 90%. I had the privilege of running on the Monday night crew with Kathy for about 9 years. She was always kind and caring to everyone she helped regardless of the situation. She made you want to be a better person just by the way she treated others.

Kathy was our Medic-Mom of Monday nights and I will cherish and appreciate everything she did for my family and myself.

Marla Threewits
   Posted Fri March 05, 2021
I was so sorry to learn of Kathy’s passing. I didn’t realize she was even sick. She had an infectious laugh and it was always fun to run into her somewhere and “catch up” since last time I had seen her. I am sad to hear this. Kathy touched many lives. RIP Kathy.

Maegan Martin
   Posted Sat March 06, 2021
I was one of the cooks at D's Restaurant, I seen Kathy almost every day for breakfast. I can still remember her order. Eggs had to be scrambled or hard. She had to have them well -done or "dry" as she would call it, then her wheat toast "dry" also. I enjoyed talking to her every morning. My prayers go out to her Family & Friends♡

Deb Stump
   Posted Sat March 06, 2021
There are not enough words to describe our special friendship! We had many trips, always having so much fun! She was a very wonderful friend, and so much more!

Darla Ullery
   Posted Sat March 06, 2021
To the Marker family : So Sorry For your Families Loss. Kathys a great sweet lady. She will be Missed Truly by everyone who knew her. God be With You All in this Time of need .

Greg Armstrong
   Posted Sat March 06, 2021
Dear Scott & Barbara,
I'm so sorry to hear about the passing
Kathy. I remember all the Paramedic runs we were on together
I remember when I taught your first EMT class. You were both great and very devoted. God bless. Many prayers.

Sherry Lyons Masters
   Posted Sat March 06, 2021
I had not seen Kathy in many years, but she was part of the Hillgrove neighbors
and friends when I was growing up there and attending the Hillgrove Federated
Church where she and her family also attended. Larry and I extend our deepest
condolences to Scott and his entire family at this most difficult time. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a wonderful and beloved sister. May Kathy Rest In Peace
and may God Bless her family with comfort and love.
Sherry & Larry

Greg Armstrong
   Posted Sun March 07, 2021
Scott,Barb,Chris I can remember when I was your EMT-A instructor you two were great. I talked with gKathy at Walmart for over a hour in Walmart. She told me she had been napping alot. She looked very tired. Kathy God Bless you and yours.You can rest now.

Randy Reichard
   Posted Sun March 07, 2021
Sorry for your loss. She was my neighbor for several years.

Tad Peeples
   Posted Sun March 07, 2021
I will always remember Kathy “Miss” Marker for her amazing passion for teaching us appreciation for music and science. She put those passions, her sense of humor and care into everything she did. She was an amazing lady that will be terribly missed. Our loss on earth, but the Lord’s gain in heaven.

Vicki (Smith) Wigton
   Posted Mon March 08, 2021
Scott, Barbara, Chris and Dana -
I wanted to express my condolences for the loss of Kathy in your lives. I remember her from church as well as school events. She was a kind and talented person. The world will be less without her. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. With love and care,

Scott Resor
   Posted Wed March 10, 2021
So sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. I have helped her ship her sewing machine to her favorite vacation spot so she would stay busy, even on vacation. Prayers to the family.

Beth Boone Hargest
   Posted Wed March 10, 2021
I am so sorry to hear this news.
I have many wonderful childhood memories of Kathy and her family!

LuAnn Keeler Gati
   Posted Sat March 13, 2021
Miss Marker was my Music teacher at Bradford. She had a way of pushing me out of my comfort zone and into a place to stretch and grow both musically and as a person. I will always remember her fondly and with gratitude. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family. (BHS 1983)

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