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Mark Vichich

Mark Joseph Vichich

Monday, August 9, 1954 - Friday, March 27, 2020
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Obituary

March 27, 2020 Ahmeek
Mark J. Vichich, 65, a resident of Ahmeek passed away at his home on Friday, March 27, 2020.
He was born on August 9, 1954, in Hancock, a son to the late Thomas E. and Margaret (Hribljan) Vichich.
He graduated from Houghton High School with the class of 1972 and later, received his degree in nursing from Michigan Technological University in 1978.
On June 30, 1990, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, the former Jodi Westerberg. She preceded him in death on January 2, 2005.
Mark was employed at the Calumet Public Hospital, Houghton County Medical Care Facility, and as a private-duty home nurse.
He served on the Ahmeek Village council as President for many years.
He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Calumet.
He is survived by his daughters: Megan Vichich and Emily Vichich; brother: Fr. Mike Vichich of Crystal Falls, MI, and several cousins.
The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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James Rovano

Posted at 12:20pm
I met Mark in 1979, forty one years ago, at Phil Sladek’s Daytona Body Shop. Lots of cool people would stop there. Me? I was sweeping the floor. Working at CPH, Mark was the go-to guy at the emergency room, helping the docs to patch up whoever showed up. He was mostly a happy bachelor, but still looking for love. He found that with Jodi. Mark became a husband and dad raising three kids. He was busy with everything that entails for years. That changed suddenly with Jodi’s passing. Responsibility for raising two girls as a single parent was not something anybody is trained for. It’s a role that few men find to be easy, and for many it’s not even possible at all. Together, the family weathered more challenges over the years big and small, as families do. As the kids grew up and moved out, Mark retired in Ahmeek, helping friends and still doing occasional piano moves. Nobody could move a piano better than Mark and his crew!

Mark and I did many, many projects together over the last fifteen years. Dirty ones, heavy ones, complicated ones: projects of all kinds. He was a second set of hands, eyes, ears and another mind thinking through whatever task was in front of us. Intuitive and sharp, Mark would anticipate next steps and potential problems as well as anyone. Most projects went well, others not. He was quick to adjust to those circumstances, something I think he learned in the ER. Despite having been sore, scratched, bruised, cut and burned over the years, Mark was mostly ready for whatever we were tackling. Also having him around kept me out of the ER more than once, as he always had supplies and knew what to do.

I’d be remiss to ignore Mark’s opinions. They were often strong, and sometimes quite loud. That said, he was universally for working people and for protecting the Keweenaw. Whether politics or his union leadership when he was a RN, he would bring light to issues others would let lie and fight for the underdog. He’d tell you it was the Croatian in him.

I last saw Mark at home in Ahmeek a few weeks ago. It was nice to visit, and he was more himself than he had been for some time. On parting, we left with the usual “See you later”. I can only hope so.
S

Sharonkosko@yahoo.com

Posted at 08:29pm
I was shocked to hear of Your Dads passing. I worked at Calumet Public with your Dad. He was a very good nurse. I always thought if I was in an accident, I hoped he would be in the ER that day. Take care
CB

Coreen Balbough

Posted at 07:25pm
I have lived across the street from Mark for many many years. Once my husband passed away I came to rely a lot on Mark. Be it coming to help me get a bat out of my bedroom in the dead of night to being with me when my precious dog Yogi passed away. He went to the vet clinic with me to see him and cried right along with me. He was there for me when I needed him to be. I really will miss him. He was a great friend🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Megan Vichich

Posted at 06:56pm
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156832146041290&id=717106289

Megan Vichich

Posted at 06:54pm
If anyone has any good memories/stories/thoughts/photos of my dad, or my mom, anything please leave a post on his wall or message me on FB with the link below.
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