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Funeral Mass

Church of St. Gregory
Friday March 12th, 2021
10:00am

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Stephen Marquardt

On Tuesday, March 2 nd , 2021, Stephen (Steve) J. Marquardt, beloved father, husband, and community advocate, passed away in Clarks Summit, PA at the age of 67.

A lifelong professional musician and singer, Steve attended the University of Scranton and Marywood University, obtaining a certificate in liturgical music planning from the Scranton Catholic Diocese. He shared his talents with the community as the cantor at St. Peter’s Cathedral for over two decades and the Music Director at the Church of the Holy Rosary.

In 1974, Steve started his career as a respiratory therapy technician at Pittston Hospital before moving to Mercy Hospital in Scranton where he became a licensed respiratory therapist and crew member of the Lackawanna County Mobile ICU No. 3. A public servant at heart, he also worked as an EMT at Community Medical Center in Scranton until shifting into instruction as an evaluator role with EMS of Northeastern PA and adjunct professor of EMT Studies at Luzerne County Community College.

Even in his free time, Steve’s focus remained on giving back to the community in countless ways, like as a volunteer with the Clarks Summit and Moscow Fire Companies, Safety and First Aid Coordinator for St. Ann’s Annual July Novenas, or director of the Annual Lackawanna Arts Festivals over the decades. In 1989, he founded the Northeast Homeless Outreach Patrol of Pennsylvania, an organization which introduced services such as an emergency response mechanism to assist police, fire, and EMTs with non-emergency cases and temporary community housing for homeless families. His philanthropic endeavors earned him accolades, as he was named The Scranton Times’ Newsmaker of the Year in 1990 and WBRE 28 Eyewitness News’ Hometown Hero in 1992.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen M. and Pearl M. Marquardt. He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann Hricko Marquardt, daughter Allyson, who he affectionately called his “Kub”, and his two closest cousins and friends: Kenneth D. Bianchi and Louis Nardella.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Church of Saint Gregory on Friday, March 12 th at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Camp Daleville, The Scranton Rescue Mission for the Homeless, or the Peckville Assembly of God Television and Music Ministries.


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Guestbook

Steve earned all of the great things people are writing about him.  He always went out of his way to put others first.  We reconnected a few years ago on Facebook and it was like we never missed a beat.I first met Steve during my year at Bishop Hannan.  He left a positive mark on everyone he met.  Although it is hard on those he left, you can be sure that Steve is already in heaven...and continuing to pray for the rest of us.

Pat White Mar 12 2021 12:00 AM

Cousin Steve sang at our wedding 43 years ago and we will remember that forever. Sincerely Rhonda and Joe Aldcowski

Rhonda Aldcowski Mar 12 2021 12:00 AM

I am very sorry for your loss.

Pauline Nagode Mar 11 2021 12:00 AM

Went to Bishop Hannan with Steve. He was a a great guy always always willing to help anyone. A very compassionate person.

Tom Noon Mar 10 2021 12:00 AM

ROSE ANNSORRY FOR THE PASSING OF STEVE.  HE WAS SUCH A KIND HEARTED PERSONI REMEMBER HIS WORK WITH THE HOMELESS,HE CAME INTO 911 WHERE I WORKED TO TALK TO THE DISPATCHERSYOU WERE SO KIND TO MY MOTHER Rachel Beynon at mercy hospiceMay he rest in peace

Linell Donahue Mar 10 2021 12:00 AM

Rose Ann, my heartfelt condolences on Steve's passing. He was truly a man of service to others in many ways. People recognized that. My hope is that may bring you some comfort. Prayers

Bonnie Turnabe Aquilina Mar 10 2021 12:00 AM

my condolences to friends and family     I worked with Steve in the early nineties with operation  mission come home    very compassionate guy

clint wirth Mar 10 2021 12:00 AM