Mark Lawrence Kay

June 15, 1963 - October 19, 2019

Visitation: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, 2-6 pm; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry.

Service: Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, 10 am; St. Ferdinand Parish.

Mark Lawrence Kay

Mark Kay, 56, of Cranberry Twp, PA passed away suddenly from a heart attack in Dusseldorf Germany on Saturday October 19th, 2019.
Mark was born on June 15th, 1963 in Grand Rapids, MI to Norman and Marilyn (Malewitz) Kay. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984 and his MME from Northwestern University in 1988. On June 21st of 1986, he married the love of his life, Susan Elizabeth Schaner. Together they raised three beautiful children, Kevin, Madeline and Ellen.
Mark was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He approached everything in life with great passion. He loved being a dad and his children were the light of his life. His immense faith was obvious to everyone who knew him. He was an integral member for many years in Pittsburgh North Emmaus and will be greatly missed by his Emmaus brothers. Those who were lucky enough to spend time with Mark will remember him for his humor, always practicing his dad jokes and “A material.” Making people smile was Mark’s mission. Mark was with NOVA Chemicals for 20 years in numerous positions. He will be greatly missed by his many friends at NOVA Chemicals.
He loved sports, particularly any involving his beloved Michigan Wolverines. Go Blue!
Mark is preceded in death by his father Norman, his mother Marilyn and brother Michael.
He is survived by his wife Susan, his son Kevin (Shon) Kay, granddaughter Kitty, daughter Madeline (Randy) Morris and Ellen Kay. He is also survived by siblings Chris (Nancy) Kay, Norm (Marianne) Kay, Marie Gilewski, Therese Rouse, Katie (Tom) Mendez, Margaret Kay (Patrick Kersjes) Joe (Bridgette) Kay, Jeanne Cavanaugh (Susan Kaleita), John Kay and Pat (Sandy) Kay.
He is also survived by his mother and father in law, Mary Ellen and Frank Schaner, and Scott (Pam) Schaner, and Cathy Majestic, and a hoard of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are welcome Sunday November 3rd from 2-6 pm at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday November 4th at 10 am at St Ferdinand’s Catholic Church, 2535 Rochester Rd, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to St. Sebastian Men’s Emmaus North, where Mark was an active member.
St. Sebastian Men’s Emmaus North
103 Ryan Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15220
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  • Randolph Goodlett


    You left an indelible mark on my heart and I will always remember you. It is rare to find someone so filled with the Joy of Life and my life has been better for the brief few years I knew you. Pray fro us still down here, bro, for the battle rages and we can use all the reinforcement we can glean fro the heavens.

    with much Agape love

    Your Brother in Christ,

    Captain Randolph

  • Doug Bengtson

    I do not believe I ever saw Mark have a bad day. He just loved life and lived every day. He will be missed.

  • Don and Rhonda Martone

    So sad to hear about Mark’s passing Susan – still can’t believe it that someone so full of life would be taken from us so soon. Rhonda and I still remember spending our first Thanksgiving with your family when we first moved to Pittsburgh – was very appreciated then and we are mournful for your loss now. Prayers for you and your family!!

  • Naushad Jamani

    My most sincere sympathy and condolences to the entire family. I was a long term colleague of Mark at NOVA, based in Calgary. I’ll always remember Mark for his cheery and professional attitude. He was always smiling, positive and approachable. He will be sorely missed at NOVA. I am very sad for your loss.

  • JC Avila

    Mark was a dear friend, I am still trying to process his untimely departure. I will send a donation to the Emmaus unfortunately unable to travel this Sunday.

  • Mary McNamara

    My deepest condolences to the Kay family.
    Mark will never be forgotten because he made all of us laugh too much.
    God bless.

  • Marie Gilewski

    God speed my brother.. You will be missed

  • Aunt Ruth Ann Burkall

    Susan and family, may you find strength and inner peace during this time. Mark was such a big part of your family. May he rest in peace with Christ.

  • Anne Wiltrakis

    Dear Sue and family, Joe and I are so sorry that your dear Mark has passed away. We are praying for you. Love, Anne and Joe Wiltrakis

  • Carol Naughton

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. I didn’t know Mark well but always remember his smile.
    God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Mark Weber

    I was so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I worked with Mark for many years at NOVA Chemicals. Not only did we share the same first name, but also the same birthday (he was one year older than me). Even after I left NOVA, we would still exchange birthday wishes. Please accept my sincerest condolences. I will always remember the wonderful times I had with Mark.

  • Daniel Spalding

    Will always love you bro’ for so many reasons

  • Brian Page

    I met with Mark many times as I worked for a distributor of Nova’s. He would always greet everyone enthusiastically and made people feel good with his smile and humor. He was great to golf with and I played one of the most enjoyable rounds ever with him. Sincerest condolences to his family and Nova colleagues

  • Kevin Duncan

    I had the pleasure of working with Mark at NOVA Chemicals for several years. He was a fun guy to be around and I enjoyed his wit, insight and business smarts in the PE business. I was saddened to hear of his passing while at work in Germany for NOVA. What a big loss to the his family and the NOVA Family My condolences to the Kay family and the NOVA family for your loss. You lived a good but shortened life Mark. RIP

  • adam Lefebvre

    My sincere condolences to the Kay Family. My apologies as I am unable to attend the services. Mark was my leader, but also my mentor, and friend. I learnt a great deal from Mark, he had the biggest heart, so incredibly smart, and always made the “work” more enjoyable. I will miss him dearly, I will miss our laughs. I am so very sorry for your loss. I wish you peace and healing.

  • Sergio Pereira

    I have been thinking about the Kay family for the past 2 weeks, and wanted to share my condolences. I hope comfort comes in your memories, your mutual support and that of your friends and family.


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