Maxwell Marcus, lifelong resident of Exeter Borough, passed on to Olam Haba on Nov 4, 2020, 17 Cheshvan 5781.
Son of the late George and Sarah Wruble Marcus, he was a graduate of Exeter High School, King's College, with a major in History and with a Master's degree from Villanova University with a major in Political Science. Max served honorably in the U.S. Army, with tours in Viet Nam and Germany.
Upon his return to Exeter, Max cared faithfully for his mother and became heavily involved in the needs of the community. He was a commander of the Adam Kalmanowicz Post 833 of the American Legion, president of the Jewish synagogue in Luzerne and an active board member and caretaker/caregiver of the Anshe Ahavas Achim Jewish cemetery in West Pittston.
A founding member of the Exeter Historical Society, Max was instrumental in restoring the history of Exeter Borough as the site of the Battle of Wyoming. He was also the most accurate historian of the Jewish community of Exeter and of its cemetery. A stalwart supporter of veterans, Max also lead a committee which erected a monument to Exeter veterans in front of the Borough Hall. A banner in his honor can also be seen at the location also.
Max is survived by his sister, Pearl, wife of Melvin Schmier and also his dear friends and health navigator par excellence (even in rocky waters) Sandra and Bill Naugle, their daughter Crystal and grandson Xander. Also surviving are nieces Jordana Kate (husband David Kane) and Leslie Renee and nephew Geoffrey Marc (wife Melinda). First cousins surviving are Ruth, Shari, Robert, Brenda, Lloyd, Nathan David, Nelson, Paula, Pamela, Norman and Susan.
Max was predeceased by dearest cousins Shirley Bender Yelen and Bernard Bender and friends Harold Mark, cousin Ira, and Michael Bakushka.
Graveside services will be held at the Anshe Ahavas Achim Cemetery, West Pittston, at 11 am on November 6, 2020 with Rabbi Kaplan of Ohav Zedek officiating.
Due to the pandemic, Shiva will be observed in a non-contact manner, by calling Pearl at 610-439-0354.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Congregation Ohav Zedek, 242 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
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