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Date published: 6/5/2014

Anthony J. Markish

Anthony Joseph "PopPops" Markish, 94, of Stafford County passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, June 2, 2014, surrounded by his family at his home.

Born April 20, 1920, in Shenandoah, Pa., Anthony was one of five siblings. He worked in the coal mines of Pennsylvania prior to the war. Before leaving to go to war in 1941, he married the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth, on Dec. 31, 1941. They were together for more than 72 years. They had two children, Toni Maria and Timothy Joseph.

During World War II, Anthony served in the Army's 9th Armored Division. Among the battles he fought in were the Battle of the Bulge (1944-1945) and the taking of the Remagen Bridge (1945), where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged from active duty in the Army in 1945. Following the war, he continued in the Army Reserves B Battery until 1964.

He and Mary lived in Annandale for 40 years, then moved to Stafford in 1995. Anthony was a devout Catholic, a loving grandfather to seven, and a great-grandfather to 12 children. His stories, songs and Polish ditties will be forever remembered and cherished. He was truly one-of-a-kind and a blessing to know.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford.

A service will be held at noon Wednesday, June 11, at St. William of York Catholic Church. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division Inc., 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9904; or to St. William of York Catholic Church, 3130 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA 22554.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.