Mark J. Zweidinger, age 52, of Troy, passed away 5:50 a.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. He was born March 20, 1961 in Bowling Green, OH to Paul and June (Roché) Zweidinger. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul, February 14, 2006, and his mother, June, survives and resides in North Ridgeville, OH.
Mark is survived by his wife of 24 years, Melanie (Barens) Zweidinger, who was the love of his life; his daughter, Jenée Zweidinger (age 19); his son, Michael Zweidinger (age 16); one brother, Michael Zweidinger of Upper Sandusky; one sister, Lynn (George) Plowman of Hartland, WI; his father and mother-in-law, Leo and Donna Barens of Dimondale, MI; brothers-in-law, Daniel (Laura) Barens of Lansing, MI, Dennis (Yvonne) Barens of Dimondale, MI; sister-in-law, Carrilee (Shane) Hoose of Charlotte, MI; four nephews, Matthew Barens, Jarred and Jake Hoose, Tyler Plowman, and Joshua Barens; two nieces, Nicole Barens, Katie (Sam) Hardy; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Colette Zweidinger, and Dale and Bonnie Miller.
Mark was a 1979 Willard High School graduate and received his B.S. in Aviation Business Management from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL. Mark was very active in the aviation industry all of his life. He was presently employed by PSA Airlines, a US Airways Express Carrier, as Vice President of Flight Operations. Mark was an accomplished airman with seven type ratings and over 10,000 hours of flight time. He was a member of the A4A Operations Council representing Midwest Airlines. Mark was most recently a member of the Regional Airline Association's Regional Operations Council and served on the Board of Directors for Sinclair Community College and Florida Institute of Technology aviation schools. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Troy.
Mark was an accomplished musician who was proficient in five instruments, and played mostly for leisure in small shows and neighborhood bands. His hobbies included golf, boating and water sports, reading, snowmobiling, flying, and above all else being a loving husband and father. Mark enjoyed his weekly coffee date with his wife Melanie, and was frequently joined by their daughter, Jenée. They also enjoyed going to Broadway shows. Mark was very involved in his children's lives and supported their many endeavors. He loved watching them participate in band, football, karate, and basketball. He enjoyed a good pick-up game of basketball and tossing a football and baseball with Michael. He was also very proud of their academic accomplishments including both being members of the National Honors Society. Mark took joy in getting together with family and friends to watch a game and grill out- Go Blue!
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Troy with Fr. Joe Kozar as celebrant. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Brook Park, OH at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.fisher-cheneyfuneralhome.com.