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Mark L. Tarczynski

July 3, 1952 January 10, 2010
Mark L. Tarczynski
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Obituary for Mark L. Tarczynski

Mark Tarczynski, Mark �T�, a resident of Wixom, died peacefully on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was 57 years old. Born in Detroit on July 3, 1952, the son of Leo & Barbara, Mark grew up in Dearborn Heights and graduated from Divine Child High School. Following high school graduation he continued his studies at Eastern Michigan University and obtained a Bachelor's degree in communications and journalism. In 1967, he met Kathy Simms and began a relationship that led to their marriage on August 19, 1977. Mark and Kathy made their first home in Garden City. In 1985, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Lisa, and moved to Wixom a short time later. In 1991, Mark discovered his love of the water and passion for sailing as he and Kathy set sail on their first boat, "Illusion." When he wasn't sailing, he was thinking about it. Each spring, their sailboat was one of the first to be launched for the season and Mark was the last to shore every fall. After many years in corporate communications, the winds brought Mark to a new career and he created a corporation, Channel Mark Media, Inc. In 2002, the opportunity to connect his love of sailing to his work was fulfilled when he joined Bob Reed's St. Clair Sailboat Center as a broker. He could be found �patrolling� Jefferson Beach Marina, accompanied most days on the dingy by his dogs Breezy or Clair, always willing to help other boat owners. He was well known for knick-naming the people he treasured in life. On land or at sea, he ran a tight ship. His meticulous nature and organizational skills made most challenges seem like opportunities. He believed in the strength of family and friendship and was quietly sentimental for the winds that brought life's good times.

In addition to Kathy, his beloved wife of 32 years, Mark is survived by his loving daughter, Lisa (Kevin) Hrit; parents, Leo & Dorothy Tarczynski and Barbara (Gary) Burton; sisters, Chris (Craig) Winter, Maribeth (Terence) Murray; in-laws Mert (and the late Shirley) Simms; nieces and nephews, Melissa, Alex, Devin, Liam and Emmett. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1955 E. Commerce Rd., Milford on Friday, January 15 at 11AM with Fr. Ron Anderson officiating. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford on Wednesday 5-9PM and Thursday 2-8PM. Rosary Thursday 7PM. Memorials are encouraged to the American Cancer Society. For further information please call 248-684-6645.

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