Lydia and her husband Nick along with their three sons, moved to Delta in August, 1965. Lydia worked at Diehl’s (now IGA) for a number of years before getting a job at the Fort Greely Commissary where she worked until her retirement in March, 2001. She was a founding member of the First Baptist Church where she faithfully attended until necessity moved her to an assisted living center in Richland, Washington near her granddaughter.
Lydia was a beloved member of the Delta Junction/Fort Greely community. She was a generous and loving woman of God who touched the lives of everyone she met. Those who were blessed to have known her can testify to her encouraging and compassionate soul, and if you ever got to hear her stories of life during the war and her family’s struggles you’d be amazed at her strength and fortitude. As a member of the First Baptist Church she faithfully took care of the newborns in the nursery for years and while she never felt she was able to teach others, she received great joy and peace when working with the babies of the church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nikolaj Marchuk in 2010, son Boris Marchuk in 2009, grandson Joshua Marchuk in 2002, and brother Tola Markwald in 1996. Lydia is survived by her sister Nina Taranac of Fort Mohave, AZ; Nick Markwald of Langhorn, PN; sons Walter Marchuk of Delta and George Marchuk of Anchorage; daughter-in-laws Cheryl Marchuk of Delta and Paula Marchuk of Anchorage; grandchildren Jessica Fuller of Kennewick, WA; Hanni Marchuk of Delta; Heather Marchuk of Fairbanks; Erin Burge of Portland, OR; Lori Annis of Anchorage; Jordan Marchuk of Anchorage, her great-granddaughter Brenna Marchuk of Delta, and numerous extended family members.
A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church on Saturday July, 25th at 1:00pm. The family would like to invite any and all community members who knew her to join them in celebrating Lydia’s life.