MARQUETTE, MI. - Mark Allen Senchuk, age 57, of Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital.
Born October 19, 1956 in Alpena, a son of Lloyd Joseph and Rita Mae (Walchak) Senchuk, Mark was raised in Alpena and graduated from high school in 1975, where he was active in the school's wresting and gymnastics programs. He entered the US Navy for a time and, following his honorable discharge, returned to Alpena where he was employed, as were his father and brothers, as a truck driver with Bekins Van Lines, doing cross country household moving. He attended Alpena Community College, receiving his licensed practical nursing certificate and was employed in the Cardiac Unit at Alpena General Hospital. In 1980, Mark relocated to Marquette where he assisted with his brother, Earl's business, Senco Manufacturing, in the production of deer blinds, ice shanties, and greenhouses. In 1992, Mark began employment at Marquette General Hospital, first in the Psychiatric Unit and later in the Rehab Unit. While working Rehab, he met nurse Sandy DesJardins and on June 24, 1995 the coupl e was married at the Ward family camp on Helen Lake in Humboldt Township. The couple made their home in Marquette, and a few years later Mark went to work with Family Care Doctors, Dr. Eldevick and Dr. Piggott, for seven years. He transferred to the Infectious Disease practice for a brief time and then worked in the Surgical Unit until it was deactivated. He was currently employed in the Neuro-Ortho Unit at MGH. Mark had a varied and exciting life and truly loved his roles of husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, friend, and caregiver. He was the kind of person who created memories for other people by the life he led and encouraged other people to share with him.
He was a great mentor, possessing the attributes of patience, kindness, and caring. Mark was always ready to lend a hand or offer encouragement, no matter how horrible or desperate the situation. To know him was to love him. However, he did possess a mischievous side and many can attest to receiving the Mark "look" followed by his infectious laughter.
He loved the outdoors where he gardened, had his own worm raising operation for organic fertilizer composting, enjoyed fishing, and could contemplate the sky, stars, and planets for hours on end. The sky also provided the backdrop for one of his favorite passions, pyrotechnics. Mark loved fireworks and one year helped light the Marquette 4th of July display, and for several years assisted with the fireworks in Escanaba. While Sandy worried about his safety, her fears were calmed as she saw Mark through the sparks, smoke, smell, and blasts, with a big smile on his face. Both he and Sandy attended a Pyrotechnic Convention in Fargo, North Dakota, and he just couldn't get enough of the "bombs bursting in air" on the 4th. Camping, especially with his brothers and buddies, was another passion. Preparations for this event, 12 years running, required months, months, and months of planning, study, and more planning. Who knows what went on wh en the "boys" got together, all that mattered was they were together, had a terrific time, and gave their spouses a little vacation. Mark liked to cook, especially seafood, brew homemade beer, and who could forget the family rides into the woods from camp, with Mark driving, family secured in the bed of the pickup, sitting on a mattress, being pelted with bugs as Mark merrily rumbled down the trail having the time of his life. He was a man of memories who now becomes a memory to be treasured. As the Roman poet, Virgil, once wrote, "sic itur ad astra ("thus you shall go into the stars").
Mark is survived by his wife of 18 years, Sandy; daughter, Dessa DesJardins of Marquette; his grandkids, Damien, Jerzey, Luke, and Mercedes; his siblings, Linda (Dan) Rising of Green Bay, WI, Earl Senchuk of Marquette, Mary Jo (Kip) Dollar of Gwinn, Judy (Steve) Houghmaster of Alpena, Michael (De) Senchuk of Skandia, and Matthew (Becky) Senchuk of Livonia; his mother-in-law, Diane Ward of Marquette; brothers-in-law, Curt (Lisa) Ward and Joe Ward both of Marquette; sister-in-law, Teresa Ward of Marquette; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to his parents, Mark was preceded in death by a sister, Julie Dawnson; and father-in-law, Edward Ward.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Thursday, June 26, beginning at 2:00 pm until the time of service at 5:00 pm. Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.
Condolences may be expressed online at fassben derfuneralhome.com