Mark John Sienkiewicz, 80, of Bear, Del., died on March 31, 2017, of complications from dementia and a broken hip.
He was born at home on his family’s farm in Dornsife, Pa., and attended a one-room grade school on the farm property. He graduated from Trevorton High School, and after working at several different jobs in various places, he came to Delaware to work at the Chrysler plant in Newark. His tenure was interrupted by military service, where he was a signal specialist and after which he returned to Chrysler to work as a pipefitter until he retired. He was a life-long member of the United Auto Workers Union.
In 1962, Sienkiewicz married the former Mary Lou MacLean and subsequently raised two sons. He was a multi-talented person who could build and fix anything. One of his greatest joys was using his skills to help others. He would freely help anyone who needed a helping hand, whether to plow snow, cut grass, provide a spare part or lend an unusual tool, until his ability was slowly destroyed by his disease.
“With his passing, my wonderful husband has joined our wonderful son. He was a very supportive and loving husband and an excellent and devoted father. He was the hero in the story of my life, and we will miss him deeply,” said his wife.
Sienkiewicz was preceded in death by his older son, Mark Sienkiewicz Jr., as well as most of his family, including his parents, Jerome Sienkiewicz and Meta (Lesher) Sienkiewicz; stepmother, Nellie (Niedzwiecki) Sienkiewicz; brothers Leon and his wife, Julia Chichilla, Henry and his wife, Elizabeth Elston, Raymond, Gerald and his wife, Mary Fukaczewski, John and his wife, Gertrude Fukaczewski, and Thomas.
Sienkiewicz is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Lou Sienkiewicz of Bear, Del.; a son, Matthew, and his wife, Anna, and their two sons, Joseph and Jacob Sienkiewicz, of Sparks, Md.; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn (Ratley) Sienkiewicz of Halethorpe, Md.; a half-brother, James of Shamokin, Pa.; sister and brother-in-law Susan and Robert Malesic of Harrisburg, Pa.; sister and brother-in-law Doris (MacLean) Pomidor and Bernard Pomidor Sr.; and many nieces and nephews, including Mary Eshelman and her husband, David, Elizabeth Santos and Bernard Pomidor Jr., and Michelle Phillipi.
A viewing was set for April 10, 2017, with funeral service on April 11, at Beeson Funeral Home, Newark, Del. A committal service with military honors was to follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, Del.