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Edward M. Markarian, 63, died Wednesday (May 28, 2003) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital after a long illness.

Born in 1939, he was a lifelong city resident, graduated from Trott Vocational High School and attended the University of Miami. He served in the U.S. Army as a radio operator and an expert marksman from 1963 until he was honorably discharged in 1965.

Markarian was employed for 39 years as a laborer for Laborers Local 91 until he retired in 1996. He was a member of the labor union, St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars here.

An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and spending time at his Southern Tier cabin. He was an accomplished golfer and participated in various leagues at the Hyde Park Golf Course.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Janet L. Loercher, and a brother, George of Hemet, Calif.

Services will be at 12:15 p.m. today in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial with military honors will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

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