Mark Aaron Kaczmarek

MARK AARON KACZMAREK, 59, of Weirton, WV, peacefully passed away on December 1, 2023, at the Valley Hospice Care Center North after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. On March 14, 1964, Mark was the first of two children born to Martin and Sandra (Mackson) Kaczmarek. Kacz, as he was known to his classmates, graduated from Weirton Madonna High School in 1982. He continued his education at West Virginia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a certificate in nuclear medicine. Throughout his career, Mark contributed to his community in various capacities. He served as a Weirton Councilman for Ward 7, and he worked in nuclear medicine at Weirton Medical Center. Kacz also had a stint as a DJ alongside his good friend Rick Lamar and later worked as a financial service representative at Citizens Bank, and Kaczmarek Financial Services, concluding his professional journey. Beyond his professional achievements, Mark was deeply involved in sports, coaching, and refereeing throughout the tri-state area. His coaching career concluded with the Upward Basketball League at Crossroads Church in Wintersville. An avid bowler and fisherman, Mark found joy in sharing these activities with family and friends. One of Mark’s greatest passions was Halloween, where he would channel his creativity into the Sacred Heart Night Terrors Haunted House, introducing new ideas and crafting props each year. He cherished family vacations, particularly to Deep Creek, Maryland, where fishing, flaming bananas, miniature golf, card games, and laughter were staples. Mark grew up in Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church. In the last couple years Mark came to call Crossroads Christian Church in Wintersville, OH, his church home where he was recently baptized. Mark was greeted in Heaven by his father, Marty who passed away in 2020. Mark will be remembered with love by his mother, Sandra (Mackson) Kaczmarek, his daughters Courtney and Samantha Kaczmarek, mother of his daughters, Debbie (Porco) Rusinovich; his sister, Lori (Mark) Thomas; his niece, Kelsey (Matt) Cole and children, and nephew James (Katie) Fulciniti. Kacz’s memory will be eternal to the millions of friends he made throughout his life. Visitation was held Sunday, December 3, 2023, at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, Weirton. Cremation took place at the Greco-Hertnick Crematory. A Celebration of Mark’s life will be held at a later date at the Crossroads Christian Church, Wintersville, OH. Memorial Contributions in Mark’s memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.