Oct 13, 2021
Gaynell Scalise Markowski of Blackridge, age 77, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Born the daughter of Norma (Hafer) Scalise and the late Albert Scalise. Beloved wife of Joseph A. Markowski for 49 wonderful years. Loving mother of the late Ellen Marie Markowski. Cherished sister of Francine (Michael) Donovan. Dear aunt of Heather Jones, and her children, Donovan and Kaitlyn. Also survived by many nieces and nephews from the Markowski family.
Gaynell was born and raised in Monessen, and was a graduate of Monessen High School. She then went on to attend Indiana University for her Bachelors Degree in Art Education. Gaynell then join the Peace Corps and served in Turkey for two years teaching English as a second language to students. After returning home, she attended the University of Pittsburgh where she graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work and met her soul mate, Joe. Several years later, Gaynell began to work for The A.R.C., now commonly known as ACHEVIA. Gaynell had a successful career with A.R.C., and always held close to her heart working with the parents of children who required her care.
She enjoyed painting as a hobby and specialized in pastels. Gaynell was a member of Word of God Church in Swissvale. A Mass of Christian Burial for Gaynell will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in Word of God Church of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, PA 15112 (412) 824-8800. Memorial contributions may be made in Gaynell’s name to a charity of your choice.
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 17, 2021