Mark Jay Niewerth, age 62, passed away peacefully in his home on April 3, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was an inspiration to those who were fortunate enough to know him during this journey and his entire life.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Mary Jane, and his two beloved daughters, Paige Marie (29) and Morgan Leigh (26).
Born July 27, 1955 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Bill and Helene Niewerth. He attended Calvert Hall College High School and went on graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was a proud member and social chair of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
Mark retired from Weyerhaeuser after 30 years in the lumber industry. His career took him to several cities throughout the years, including Atlanta as a National Sales Manager, Baltimore as a Branch Manager, and Dallas as a General Manager. Following his retirement, he spent a few years as a sales leader at Cedar Creek in Dallas. His official retirement came this year after spending 6 years as a remote consultant for Kids Structure Houston.
Mark dedicated many hours to community service with the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes in Bluffton and as a volunteer at the PGA Tour McGladrey tournament in Sea Island, GA and the U.S. Junior Amateur tournament at Colleton River in Bluffton. He was an assistant coach for Morgan’s youth soccer team, the Angels. Mark also prided himself on introducing the game of golf to his daughters and supported them in playing since their childhood.
As a member of Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas, he enjoyed 27 years of golf, friendships and celebrating holidays. When Mark and Mary Jane retired to Bluffton in 2012, they became members of Hampton Hall Club where they immediately found a loving and wonderful community of neighbors and friends.
Though Mark was a terrapin at heart, he became an avid Alabama Crimson Tide football fan when his daughters chose to attend the University of Alabama. Mark had a passion for landscaping, taking care of the family vehicles, and ensuring that the home was clean and organized. Mark was devoted to his family and will be greatly missed. He was kind, had a genuine heart, and his spirit and humor will always be remembered.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Mark’s life on Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m. at LowCountry Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Mark can be sent to: Mayo Clinic Florida (4500 San Pablo Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32224), LowCountry Community Church (801 Buckwalter Pkwy, Bluffton, SC 29910), and the American Cancer Society (American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123).
Celebration of Life
LowCountry Community Church
Saturday April 14th, 2018
801 Buckwalter Pkwy
Bluffton, SC 29910
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I was just talking to Doug Nelson (Cheeseburger) and learned of Mark’s passing. We pledged Alpha Gamma Rho together and I have many fond memories of and had great college adventures with Brother Niewerth. To all of Mark’s family my sincere sympathies.
Submitted by Bruce E Crossman on May 30 2018 08:56:45 PM
We are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your entire family.
The Stanton Family
Submitted by The Stanton Family on Apr 23 2018 05:00:12 PM
I TAKE THE TIME EXPRESS SINCERE SYMPATHY FOR THE FAMILY WHO HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE.. MAY THE COMFORT OF GOD WORDS CONTINUE TO SOOTHE YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME. REVELATION 21:4
Submitted by Your Neighbor on Apr 19 2018 09:46:15 PM
Mary Jane, our deepest sympathies to you and the girls. We will keep Mark and your entire family in our thoughts and prayers! He was truly a terrific guy, and I’m so glad to have gotten to know him and for all of us to spend all of that time back when we all lived in Dallas. RIP my Freind!
Submitted by Jon and Dawn Toups on Apr 10 2018 04:23:50 PM
Mary Jane, Paige and Morgan,
Words can't express how much Mark added to our lives. He was a "bigger than life" guy and made work an interesting place each day I work under his management.
Please know each person that knew Mark has their own unique memory of Mark that we have share during this difficult time. Mark loved his wife, his girls and his work family. I personally am glad to have gotten to know Mark. My prayers and thoughts go out during this time to lift your family up.
Submitted by Karen Monkres on Apr 10 2018 03:57:52 PM
Mary Jane, Paige and Morgan
We are so very sorry to hear about Mark's passing! He was such a wonderful man, boss to Mitch and a great friend! We have so many fond memories of Mark and that makes our hearts so full! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and please know that he is watching over all of you!
Love to all-
Mitch and Jen Frieda
Submitted by Mitch & Jen Frieda on Apr 9 2018 11:21:42 AM
A super fellow to work with, a wonderful husband, a great father and a very good friend was Mark. His crazy laughter and sneaky smile will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with Mary Jane and the girls. Be strong.
Dann & Debbie Dickey
Submitted by Dann & Debbie Dickey on Apr 7 2018 08:22:17 PM
Mary Jane, Paige & Morgan
We were so sad to hear of Mark's passing. Please know we will be praying for the three of you. Ephesians 3:14-21
Andrya & Kent Halverson
Submitted by Andrya Halverson on Apr 6 2018 05:42:55 PM
Very good friend and coworker.. you will be missed.
Submitted by Pam Swenson on Apr 6 2018 12:36:27 PM
My friend Mark....you will truly be missed.
Submitted by VIC VIORDE on Apr 6 2018 12:30:44 PM
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