SCIO – Mark M. Wardak, 67, passed away on Sunday (December 12, 2021) at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. due to complications from Covid-19.
Mr. Wardak was born on February 22, 1954 in Nowogardne, Poland to Tadeusz and Helena (Grzegorzewski) Wardak. At age 11, he emigrated to the United States with his parents and settled in Buffalo.
Mark worked as a baker for Al Cohen’s Bakery in Buffalo for 35 years, retiring in 2005. He later worked as a groundskeeper for Knights Creek Cemetery in Scio and operated his own mowing service for several homeowners in the area.
Mark is survived by his soulmate of 15 years, Brenda Snyder of Scio; three children, Danielle (Matthew) Surowiec of Tonawanda, Michelle (Alphonse “Junior”) Borkowski and Aura Wardak, both of Buffalo and their mother, Cynthia Wardak of Buffalo; three step-children, Heidi (Gary Shreve) Casey and Erica (Chris Delaney) Colunio, both of Olean and Jessica (Michael) Ainsworth of Whitesville; one sister, Irene (Salim) Todai of Cheektowaga; 12 grandchildren, Veronica Jackson, Simon Jackson, Noah Surowiec, Grace Surowiec, Jacob Brown, Renee Brown, Sera Joy, Dakota Forcier, Evan Forcier, Brock Mattison, Bryson Metcalf and Gracie Ainsworth; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Christina Wardak.
Mark’s number one priority was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed teaching them Polish words and taking them with him everywhere he went. Mark spent a good amount of his time at “the cabin” with his friends, kids, and grandkids having a good time and making unforgettable memories.
Mark loved the Buffalo Bills and never missed a game or yelling at the TV when they didn’t show him love back. Mark had a goofy personality and smile that was infectious. Although he was a baker for 35 years, he was a “jack of all trades” cutting down trees, tearing parts off cars and tinkering with lawnmowers. He was an avid hunter and collector of many things. He also enjoyed a good western movie and always had the classic rock station cranked in his truck.
Mark had a very kind and genuine heart and left a positive impact on everyone he met. He would give you his last dollar if it meant your happiness. He had no room for hate in his heart because he was too busy loving life.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday (December 18) from 12-2 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Wellsville/Scio. The funeral service will be held at Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Carl H. Kemp of the Knights Creek Church officiating. Burial will follow in Knights Creek Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com. © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.