Michael A. Markowski, a retired longshoreman and longtime Anne Arundel County resident, died April 2 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder at Harbor Hospital.
He was 83.
Mr. Markowski, the son of Polish immigrant parents, was born one of 12 in Baltimore and raised in Locust Point, where he attended Our Lady of Good Counsel parochial school.
He was 17 when he enlisted in the Navy in 1944. Discharged a year later, he returned to Baltimore.
He worked for more than 40 years as a longshoreman until retiring in 1992.
"He was a checker," said a daughter, Lisa Vogt of Catonsville.
For many years until moving to Brooklyn Park 19 years ago, Mr. Markowski lived in Pasadena on Stony Creek, where he enjoyed boating, fishing and crabbing.
He was an avid Orioles fan and liked to play Keno and watch television.
His wife of 49 years, the former Rita Tribull, died in 1999.
Mr. Markowski was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Fourth and Washburn streets in Brooklyn, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday.
In addition to Ms. Vogt, Mr. Markowski is survived three other daughters, Christine Gazurian and Rita Shedlock, both of Baltimore; and Michele Markowski of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Eleanor Hart of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
—Frederick N. Rasmussen
An earlier version of this obituary spelled Mr. Markowski's name incorrectly. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.