Mr. Mark E. Popeck, 54, of Hunlock Creek, passed into Eternal Life Saturday afternoon in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following a lingering illness.
Born Nov. 20, 1958, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son to Mary Ann (Zimmerman) Popeck of Kingston and the late Jack Popeck.
Educated in the West Side schools, he was a graduate of the Wyoming Valley West High School.
Until illness caused him to retire from his professional duties, Mark worked as an executive chef for the Best Western East Mountain Inn, Plains Township, for over the past 20 years, where he was very much respected and loved by his fellow co-workers.
In addition to his father, Mark was recently preceded in death by a brother, John.
Surviving, in addition to his loving wife the former Rosalie A. Mitchell, at home, and his mother, Mary Ann, of Kingston, are brothers, David Popeck and his wife, Lynn, of Abington, Pa.; Ken Popeck and his wife, Cindy, of Hudson Falls, N.Y.; and Matt Popeck of Kingston; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mark will also be sadly missed by "The Girls," Molly and Shay, his chocolate and black labs. They were his calendar girls proudly displayed in his office at work.
Mark is remembered by family and friends as a man who loved to smile and be happy. He was always joking and sharing his wit and humor with others, even through his worst of days. Everyone who knew Mark knows he leaves us with a few lessons in life. Not to be judgmental of others; always be humble, compassionate, kind and forgiving to others … even portraying these traits to strangers who crossed his path.
He had a great passion for sailing, and his pride and joy, Misty, his wooden Chris Craft. "Sail on Captain, and reach your destination. I am the wind beneath your wings, my love."
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the North Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with Monsignor John J. Sempa, pastor of Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston, and personal family friend, sharing thoughts about Mark's passing as well as words of hope and encouragement for all of us who remain.
Relatives and friends are invited to join his wife and family for remembrances at a memorial visitation at 9 a.m. until the time of services.
Interment will be private and at the convenience of Mark's family.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mark's name online to Cancer Care Co-Pay at www.cancercarecopay.org, 275 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001; Co-Pay Relief, www.copays.org, 421 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666 or to Pancreatic Research at www.pancan.org.
To send his wife, mother and family online words of comfort, support and friendship, please visit our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.
John V. Morris Funeral Home
625 N. Main Street Wilkes Barre, PA 18705
Published in Times Leader on June 20, 2013