BEAVERKILL _ Mike Loizeaux of Beaverkill, husband of the late Ellen Loizeaux, (Oct. 12, 1935-May 21, 2012), died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at the home of his stepdaughter, Siobhan "Sam" Bennett, and son-in-law Martin Ulloa Estrada, in Allentown, Pa., with his beloved family at his side. He was 88 years old.
The son of the late Johanna Catharina Marquardt (b. Ullner) and Otto Carl August Marquardt. Mike was born Hellmut Edwin Marquardt on June 18, 1924, in Hamburg, Germany. While a young man in World War II, he was a prisoner-of-war in Russia; later immigrating to the United States and becoming a U.S. citizen on Jan. 6, 1958, at the Supreme Court of Binghamton.
A graduate of the State University College at Oneonta with degrees in education and Spanish, he was fluent in five languages: English, Spanish, German, Russian and Azerbijani and became a teacher in the Oneonta School District.
Importantly, Mike changed his name to Loizeaux upon his marriage to Ellen in 1977, feeling her family had truly become his family. Well-known as being a 'mister fix-it' and 'jack-of-all-trades,' many friends and neighbors relied on his vast repertoire of knowledge, especially of all things mechanical.
His survivors include: a stepson and two stepdaughters, John T. Bennett of Phoenix, Ariz., Drieux Koeppel of Vestal, and, Siobhan "Sam" Bennett of Allentown, Pa.; their spouses, Debbie Ondovcik, Dr. Peter Koeppel and Martin Ulloa Estrada respectively; his grandchildren in birth order, Emma Selina Tipping and her spouse, Michael Golden and brand-new great-granddaughter, Rosie, Karl-Wilhelm Koeppel, Rachael Ellen Tipping, Paul-Franz Koeppel, David Bennett Estrada, Thomas Bennett, Kelsey Bennett and Zane Ondovcik.
He was predeceased by one brother-in-law, Timothy R. Loizeaux Jr.; and is survived by his loving sisters-in-law, Katherine "Bebe" Loizeaux and Nancy L. Pricer and her spouse, W. David Pricer; and his beloved brother-in-law, Captain A. Drew Loizeaux.
A graveside committal service officiated by Lay Speaker Mary Hall will be held in the Beaverkill Cemetery at approximately 11 a.m. Sunday, July 8, 2012.
Donations in Mike's name can be made to Beaverkill Community Church, P.O. Box 650, Roscoe NY 12776.
A memorial service will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 1620 Turner St., Allentown, PA 18012.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe; 498-4929 or (845) 439-5200; www-Harris-FH.com.