May 7, 1979 – November 26, 2021
Mark Lee Petrosky, 42, passed away peacefully at his home in Hinkleville on Friday morning, November 26, 2021, following a courageous four-year battle with glioblastoma.
Mark was born in Buckhannon, West Virginia, on May 7, 1979. At the age of seven, he entered the hearts and homes of Phil and Lynne Petrosky, and he and his brother, Shawn, were adopted by them the following year. He spent the next 34 years bringing joy, laughter and gray hair to their lives.
Mark attended Union Elementary School, Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School and graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in l998. He was a proud member of the BU group and always boasted that he worked hard to retain his last place as president in the group as a trombonist. He was a member of the Upshur County 4-H and earned his 4-H pin. Still active in the Buckhannon First United Methodist Church youth group, he joined the church at the age of 12.
In recent years he has attended the Apostolic Church of Victory and enjoyed the fellowship of this congregation.
Mark has taken courses at Fairmont State University and Glenville State College. His proudest moments were his years of military service with the United States Army in aerial refueling. He spent time on active duty, as a reservist and in the National Guard. He made two tours of Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom.)
Mark spent 10 years as a correctional officer for the West Virginia Division of Corrections. He also worked in construction for local contractors.
After becoming unable to work, he found great pleasure in volunteering at the pantry of Upshur Parish House. He made many lasting friendships during his time there.
Mark enjoyed deer hunting, trucks and country music.
The two greatest joys in Mark’s life were his daughter, Marclyn Jo Petrosky; and his son, Tucker Del Petrosky, who resides in Rivesville with their mother, Alison Vandevander Eddy. He always looked forward to the special moments spent with his children.
Mark is survived by his parents, Phil and Lynne (Rice) Petrosky; his brother, David Petrosky; his maternal grandmother, Carolyn Rice of Elkins; many loving aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as many special friends.
Many of her biological family survive, including a special sister, Darlene (Mark) Swiger, and her children, Tori, Amber, Shane and Tia; as well as his former in-laws, Delbert and Jacqueline Vandevander.
His maternal grandfather, Donald Rice, preceded him in his death; and his paternal grandparents, Frank and Imogene Petrosky, as well as his biological father and a biological sister.
Medical teams from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh Oncology Unit in Virginia, Clarksburg Oncology in Virginia, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Caregivers families, as well as the WV Hospice of Buckhannon have provided Mark and his family with unparalleled service. The family is grateful for all that has been done to guide them through the difficult four years of Mark’s illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Upshur Parish House and Crosslines, 68 College Avenue, Buckhannon, WV 26201, designating gifts to be given to the Food Pantry in Mark’s memory.
Visitations will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church on Florida and Latham Streets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. under the direction of Pastor Steve Meadows. Interment will follow at Heavener Cemetery in Buckhannon with military rites taking place at the cemetery.
Masks and social distancing are requested inside the church.
Poling St. Clair Funeral Home will make arrangements.