Lawrence Mark Falzone, known to all as “Mark”, being 66 years old, entered into the presence of Jesus on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. He was a resident of Dayton for two and a half years, moving from Hopewell, N.J., born to the late Lawrence and Josephine DiMaio Falzone on March 18, 1954, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was raised in a family of faith in God and loved the church.
Mark graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Music Education followed by Organ Study at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. He also trained and acquired his CDL to operate tour buses, a loved profession as a Motor Coach Operator during the summer months off from teaching.
Mark held three major careers: he was a Motor Coach Operator for 22 years, charting over one million miles traveled in over 30 states and five provinces in Canada. He proudly could name them all! His musical talents blessed many as Church Organist and Choir Director at Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church in Ringoes, N.J., then Organist for the remainder of his career at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church in Belle Mead, N.J., a combined 42 years in organ music ministry. His teaching career in music spanned 29 years for elementary, middle and high school. The majority of his career was spent in New Brunswick Public School District in New Jersey, in vocal and instrumental music.
Mark was a type A, an extrovert, very outgoing with a great sense of humor. He had a servant's heart and was always concerned about the spiritual course of others. He took great pride and responsibility in providing for his family. He loved family traditions, which included Sunday Italian pasta dinners around a table full of family. He was incredibly handy with high standards; he always had a home remodeling project that he tackled with great expectations. Since he was a young boy, he loved Lionel trains and Hess trucks and accrued quite the collection over the years. Having spent most of his life in New Jersey, Mark always enjoyed the Northeastern winter snowstorms and all the things that accompanied them – tracking the weather, shoveling snow and building fires in the fireplace. He was an animal lover, which meant that there was at least always one family pet (usually a dog). His passions were centered around family, music and travel.
Mark will be missed dearly by his wife of 40 years, Dawn Tallamy Falzone, of Dayton; children, Anthony (Dayna), of Dayton, Melanie (Kyle) Williams, of Bentonville, Ark., Colin (Kelly), of Hillsborough, N.J., and Angela Johnny) McVicker, of Alpha, N.J., will carry on their father's legacy of love, faith in God, a servant's heart, compassion and a strong work ethic. Mark leaves behind generations of love: sisters, Deborah Ritter, of New Tripoli, Penn., Sharon (Ralph) Jiorle, of Phillipsburg, N.J.; brothers, Loren (Kathy), of Honey Brook, Penn., Garrett (Donna) Falzone, of Westfield, N.J.; and grandchildren, Addyson, Aurelya, Danyca, Dempsey and Avonlea Falzone, Colette Williams, Gianna, Kayley and Sabrina Falzone, and Dustin McVicker.
Visitation will be held at Vanderwall Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Vanderwall Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at 9 a.m. A procession will go from Vanderwall Funeral Home to Rhea Memorial Gardens followed by a brief graveside interment.
Funeral services for Mark will also be live streamed at: https://my.gather.app/remember/mark-falzone
In lieu of flowers arrangements, a memorial garden will be planted with roses at the Falzone residence.
Share memories and photos of Mark on his online guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com.
The family is being cared for by Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayto