Sergeant Mark Senczakowicz

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It is with deep sadness and regret that the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department announces the passing of a Friend, Mentor, and Co-Worker, and the Posthumous Promotion of Sergeant Mark Senczakowicz.

Mark Andrew Senczakowicz, 52, of Muhlenberg, (rural Shickshinny), passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, November 4, 2020 after being stricken ill while on duty at the Luzerne County Courthouse, where he was employed as a Deputy Sheriff.

Born October 2, 1968, he was a son of the late John and Arline Zalenski Senczakowicz. Raised in Warrior Run, he was a graduate of Hanover Area High School, class of 1986. Mark attended the Ranger School at Paul Smith's College of the Adirondacks, and earned an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Luzerne County Community College.  He was also a graduate of Lackawanna College Police Academy, Scranton.

Mark served as a police officer with Warrior Run Police Department, advancing to Chief of Police for the borough.  He was a part-time patrol officer with Ashley and Sugar Notch for many years while concurrently serving as a Deputy Sheriff for Luzerne County since 1992. Mark also concurrently served the community of Warrior Run for many years as the road department superintendent and as a member of the Warrior Run Boro Volunteer Fire Company.  

He was a former member of Holy Family Parish, Sugar Notch, and Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.   He was a current member of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Pennsylvania and the Cranberry Lake Mountaineers Snowmobile Club.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He also loved spending time at his house in Star Lake, New York, and enjoyed hiking and snowmobiling with his wife in the Adirondack Mountains.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former, Elizabeth Wilson and her mother, Dolores Wilson at home; his brother and sister-in-law, Christopher and Christine Senczakowicz of New Port Richey, FL; sister Jacqueline Senczakowicz of Warror Run; nephew and Godson, Jonathan Senczakowicz and family of Drums;  nieces, Lorissa Senczakowicz and family of Clarks Summit, and Brianne Filchak of Warrior Run; as well as an extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and his many brothers and sisters of the law enforcement community, whom he always referred to as his "family".  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Steffan Senczakowicz.

Mark's wife extends her sincere thanks and gratitude to the Luzerne County Sheriff's Office, members of the Court staff, and county manager David Pedri for their assistance during this difficult time.

A private blessing service will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Vincent Dang, pastor of St. Leo’s / Holy Rosary Parish, Ashley, officiating.

A public viewing with Police Honors will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 10th in the rotunda of Luzerne County Court House, 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Deputy Sheriff Mark A. Senczakowicz’s memory to the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 39285, Philadelphia, PA 19136.

*Any law enforcement agency, fire department or emergency medical service that plans on attending the viewing and participating in the processional escort from the Luzerne County Courthouse to The Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home (170 East Broad Street, Nanticoke, PA 18634 is asked to contact the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department at 570-825-1615.