Mark A. Zelinski

January 24, 1950 - May 10, 2020
Mark A. Zelinski

Mark A. Zelinski, 70, passed away on May 10, 2020. He was born in Bridgeport Connecticut on January 24 ,1950. Mark passed peacefully at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Hospice with Beatles music filling the room. He was surrounded by family as the angels took him to be in our Lord’s loving arms. As soon as he passed, the choir of birds outside his door sang the most beautiful song. It was comforting to know that his mother and brother were there to greet him for a Mother’s Day celebration.

Mark was a huge Beatles fan, a gentle and kind soul, a sassy funny jokester, and had a huge love for music. He loved his trivia team, “Trivia Newton- John”. He was our sports and music go-to person. He was a die-hard Cheesehead Packer’s fan. Go Pack Go! He was happiest on the back 9 swinging his favorite golf clubs.

Mark is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Christine Zelinski (Braun) of 48 years. His two daughters whom he cherished, Jennifer Smith and Jessica Zelinski Collins (Adam), four grandchildren, Zack, Lily, Jacie, and Sully, his sister Karen Hoelzel (John) and brother Andy, and sister in -law Susan Zelinski. Also, many nieces and nephews whom he loved spending time with at the Braun family cottage and Zelinski family gatherings. He is also survived by many brother/sister in-laws. As he was one of the loved outlaws.

In addition to his parents, Alexander and Mildred Zelinski, he was preceded in death by his brother, Tom.

Mark will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of getting to know him. He never met a stranger and had such a loving soul. It was impossible not to like him.
He fought a good fight.

Due to current circumstances, his family is making plans to celebrate his life and legacy with a Celebration of Life gathering with family and friends.

He was cremated in his favorite shirt that said it all, “My favorite people call me Papa “

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  • May 14, 2020
    Debbie Quella says:
    So sad to hear of marks passing. I remember him always loving music. I remember seeing him in a band here in Stevens Point He will surely be missed

  • May 14, 2020
    Linda Myers says:
    So sad to hear of Mark passing. I sure recall all the fun times our families shared together as kids. Hugs to all of you.

  • May 14, 2020
    Kathy Zelinski says:
    I remember sleeping by your house after our Christmas party when I was a kiddo. Thinking it was the coolest thing in my world to have a sleep over at my older very cool cousins house. I remember Uncle Mark jamming to the stereo and we were all laughing at him. R.I.P Uncle Mark

  • May 15, 2020
    Lorry Allen says:
    All of us in Pulmonary Rehab loved Mark. He had a courageous spirit and though he faced insurmountable challenges, he always wanted to share in the life of those with whom he met along the way. He was loved by all of us and we will miss him. God rest his soul. Misty, Evan, Bernadette, Ashley, Emily L, Emily B, and Lorry

  • May 15, 2020
    Becky says:
    Such a beautiful obituary. He will be miss by so may who loved him. It's still surreal. I love you all and love uncle Mark.