Brother Mark Lowery, FSC
Bro. Mark Lowery, FSC, 84, a De La Salle Christian Brother for 65 years, died peacefully at the Christian Brothers Nursing Home in Lincroft, New Jersey on Friday, May 21. Mark was the son of the late Michael Joseph and Catherine Coyne Lowery and brother of the late Joe Lowery (Joann), Martin Lowery (Mary Lou), Jack Lowery, Patrick Regis Lowery, Peggy Sullivan (Joseph) and Sister Mary Mark, IHM. Bro. Mark is survived by his sister-in-law, Tillie Lowery as well as 24 nephews and nieces, 42 great nephews and nieces, 28 great, great nephews and nieces, and 1 great, great, great nephew and niece. Bro. Mark grew up in the Greenfield section of Pittsburgh in St. Rosalia’s parish. Shortly after graduating from Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, Bro. Mark entered the Christian Brothers on September 7, 1955 as Brother Edwin Mark. He went on to La Salle University where he earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Bro. Mark served faithfully at West Philadelphia Catholic for Boys as teacher and Vice Principal, Bishop Walsh in Cumberland, MD as Principal, at his alma mater Pittsburgh Central Catholic as Director of Alumni, and at Michael’s Place in the Stanton Heights section of Pittsburgh as a drug and alcohol counselor. In his retiring years, Bro. Mark dedicated himself to drug and alcohol counseling at Central Catholic and worked closely with the organization, Greenfield Organized Against Drugs Program. Bro. Mark helped many people in his lifetime with their recovery from addiction especially the young and imprisoned. Friends and family will be received on Wednesday May 26 at the Central Catholic High School McGonigle Theater (Auditorium) 4720 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 from 4-7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 AM Thursday May 27 at St. Paul Cathedral Parish, St. Rosalia Church 411 Greenfield Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15207. Burial will be private in Ammendale, Maryland at the Christian Brothers’ Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Bro. Mark Lowery, FSC Scholarship Fund, c/o Mr. Matthew Stoessel Central Catholic High School 4720 Fifth Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or Greenfield Organized Against Drugs c/o Dr. Bernard Bernacki 521 Greenfield Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15207. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)
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