Mark Richard Smoczynski, age 55, of Elgin, IL, passed away on March 3, 2022. He was born January 20, 1967 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, Richard and Carol (née Liljegren) Smoczynski.

Mark attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Elgin, Streamwood High School, and Southern Illinois University where he studied aviation. After college, he became a pilot and flight instructor.

Mark was skilled in carpentry and was a jack of all trades. He was the first person called when something needed to get done.

Mark enjoyed bicycling and playing golf with his friends. When he was younger, he was a BMX racer, and as he got older, he still enjoyed riding, especially with his boys.

Mark was loving and kind, and was extremely proud of his two sons. If he loved you, you knew it, because he was not afraid to tell you! To Mark, life was not about being rich, being perfect. It was about being real, humble, kind, and loving.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Carol A. Smoczynski; and several aunts and uncles. He is survived by his sons, Cole and Clay Smoczynski; father, Richard F. Smoczynski; girlfriend, Hadas Zermicheal; sisters, Linda (Tom) Comerci and Jennifer (Greg) Johnson; aunts and uncles, Ed (Judy) Liljegren, Putt (Louise) Smoczynski, Maureen Sala, and Marilyn Keare; nieces, Samantha, Mary, Madeline, and Abby; goddaughters, Erin, Mary, Abby, and Evelyn; and many loving cousins.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to his sons, Cole and Clay Smoczynski, c/o Jennifer Johnson, 912 Mockingbird Drive, Antioch, IL 60002.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

9 Replies to “Mark Richard Smoczynski”

  1. RIP Mark, you were a great friend to many and I hope you are at peace. You were taken far too soon.

  2. RIP Mark! You will be missed by many! You were a great man and my spirt and soul is broken! May you fly freely in heaven my friend..God rest your soul

  3. Rip mark, you were a beautiful person inside and out! You will be missed by many people, it was such a blessing to have such a wonderful friend in my life! You definitely will be missed may you be at peace now.🙏🙏

  4. Mark, you will be so missed! I never met someone as kind as you. If you new Mark he was hard not to love.

  5. Mark, you were great guy and friend to all. Sending prayers to his sons and family. I hope you are resting peacefully Mark

  6. Totally in shock and heartbroken. Mark was one of the best! So talented did our floors and deck in Antioch always smiling, he will be missed. Patrick and Ashley send hugs as well. Gone too soon.

  7. RIP Marky. And peace to all of his family that love him soooo much. He was always grateful and kind and loved back with all his heart. You are missed already.

  8. What a shock to read – I am so profoundly sorry for your loss, Jenny and family. Mark touched the lives of so many, he was a pleasure to meet.

  9. our hearts are heavy dear friend, we knew you were one of a kind when we met you. I know you are at rest and i am praying for the boys and Jenny and your precious Dad. I will see you again soon Mark, save us a seat!

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