~~Mary Miller Markusson 95, of Bonita Springs passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Naples, FL. Mary was born on August 19, 1921 in Yorkville, NY a daughter of the late Clarence and Gertrude (neé Newell) Helfert. She had been a resident of Bonita Springs since 1978 coming from Otter Lake, NY. Prior to living in Otter Lake, she had been a longtime resident of Utica, NY.
Mary was active in countless civic, church, political, and service organizations both in New York and in Florida throughout her life. She also loved to learn and took courses covering a wide variety of subjects in several colleges. She was a member of Our Lady of Light Catholic Community and St. Mary of the Snows Catholic Church. In 1985, she joined the Bonita Springs Chorus where she met her husband Marlin.
She is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Marlin E. Markusson of Bonita Springs, FL; her four children, Mona Miller Lincoln of Otter Lake, NY, M. Judi Miller Martin of Bonita Springs, FL, Laura Miller Holt and her husband, Brendon of Delray Beach, FL and John I. “Jim” Miller, Jr. of Bonita Springs, FL; 8 grandchildren, John I. Miller, Lynda Hopsicker, Scott T Lincoln, John I. Miller, III, Ashley Miller, Joseph Miller, Brendon Holt, Jr. and Robert J. Holt; and 7 great grandchildren, Joshua Hopsicker, Kierstin Hopsicker, Jordon Miller, John I. Miller, Cooper J. Lincoln, Savannah Miller and Luis Hernandez. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Gloria Helfert Cole, Nancy Helfert Berg, Bonnie Miller Hubbell, Linda Miller, Kathy Estep, Dede Miller-Hubbell, Brian Miller, and many loving friends.
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 39 years, John I. Miller in 1985, her brother Walter Helfert in 1960, and her grandson, Robert Lincoln, Jr. in 1993.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary of the Snows Catholic Church in Otter Lake, NY at 10AM, Saturday August 19th, with internment following in Woodgate Cemetery. A reception celebrating her life will be held following the service at the Otter Lake Fire Department. Memorial contributions may be made to the Otter Lake Volunteer Fire Department 13853 State Route 28, Otter Lake, NY 13338.