Peter James Marsch, a professional genealogist, devoted husband and father, and long-time resident of Robbinsville, NJ, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, June 6, 2019. He was 49.
Born in Staten Island, NY, Pete spent much of his youth in the Pittsburgh, PA area. He attended North Allegheny Senior High School, where he met his wife and lifelong partner, Jill.
After high school, Pete attended James Madison University (JMU) and studied public administration, graduating in 1991. He soon joined the family business, Glenwood Associates, which specialized in providing managerial and fundraising services to nonprofit organizations. Working alongside his father William, Pete served as the firm’s vice president for nearly two decades.
An avid sports fan, computer junkie, and entrepreneur, Pete combined these passions to launch The Pro Hockey EuroReport in 1995. The internet-based publication gained an international following, with its team of writers covering hockey’s largest events, including the Stanley Cup Finals, World Cup of Hockey, and Hockey World Championships. Pete’s contributions ranged from hand-coding the publication’s website to covering games and interviewing some of the game’s greatest players as a credentialed media member.
In 2011, Pete changed his career path, becoming a certified genealogist. He specialized in East Coast-based research and was particularly adept at hands-on work with historical records as well as research of people that lived during colonial times. Serving as both a consultant in his own business and later as a professional for industry giant Ancestry, Pete’s work ranged from helping families unlock the mysteries of their past to conducting research in support of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots.”
Outside of work, Pete was a dedicated family man and a pillar in his community. In recent years, Pete supported his son Timmy’s passion for flag football, serving as a coach in the HEWBYL Flag Football League and unofficial provider of nicknames for all of his team’s players. His love for music, and The Beatles in particular, helped inspire his daughter Emily to become an accomplished flutist. Emily brought her talent to Pete’s alma mater, JMU, where she is a member of the award-winning JMU Marching Royal Dukes.
Predeceased by his mother, Ruth (Fink) Marsch and his sister, Marianne Gebhardt, Pete is survived by his wife, Jill (Bruggeman) Marsch; his children, Emily and Timothy Marsch; his father, William Marsch; his brother, Charles A. Mandrik, III; his nephews, CJ Mandrik and Michael Widmaier; and two great-nieces and a great-nephew.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 1000 Avila Court, Pittsburgh, PA 15327. Burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Mount Troy.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 on Monday, June 10, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Saul Colonial Home with a short service at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to William Marsch on behalf of children’s education fund (indicate on memo line) @ 201 Meadowlark Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08690. These funds will be used exclusively as educational funds for Emily and Tim.