Pixley Funeral Home


Mark Allan Pilarski

August 1, 1964February 13, 2021
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Mark Allan Pilarski of Rochester Hills Michigan passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the age of 56.

Mark was born at Holy Cross Hospital in Detroit Michigan on August 1st, 1964. He graduated from Avondale High School and attended Oakland Community College.

He was a dedicated and valued 20 year employee at Becton, Dickinson and Company as an IT Project Manager installing medical equipment in hospitals throughout the State of Michigan.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Joan (LaRose) Pilarski and two beautiful daughters, Samantha and Sarah. Mark was a beacon of light to his daughters. He was the true definition of a proud Dad. He was always involved in their lives from day one and would tell any audience just how proud he was of both girls.

He is also survived by his Mother, Carole Payne, siblings Brian (Lynn) Pilarski, Brandie (Mark) Whelan, Allen (Laurie) Payne, Paul Payne and nieces and nephews Jack Whelan, Elliott Payne, Emma & Kristina Pilarski, Mackenzie, Hunter and Delaney Payne.

Mark was an adoring family man first and foremost. He was an avid golfer and active in sports his whole life including football, softball, basketball and fishing. The “Polish Rifle” will be greatly missed by his extended family, many long-time friends, and colleagues.

Everyone who was lucky enough to have met him or called him a friend will miss him dearly. He brought immeasurable joy, love and passion to everyone he touched.

Flowers are welcomed, if donation is preferred; please donate to Boys & Girls Club of Auburn Hills.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, February 18th 2:00-7:00pm at Pixley Funeral Home, 3530 Auburn Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 4832. Mass will be on Friday, February 19th, at 9:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3400 S Adams Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 19, 2021


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Jeffrey Dymm

February 18, 2021

My beautiful friend, I will miss you forever. A man who was so proud of his family, calling Joan the kindest person that he had ever met. Offering a continual outpouring of love and admiration for his daughters. A man who didn't buy you just a beer, but somebody who remembered your favorite drink and went out of his way to get it for you. A soul who looked upon his past and found the good, who looked to the future and found hope and sunshine.

The world lost a great one today and Heaven has vastly improved. Mark's spirit will be around us, to remind us to focus on the good and to ignore the bad, so smile when you feel his presence. The world could use so many more Mark Pilarski's. If you knew him, be grateful that you got to spend time with such a beautiful human being.

I'll love you always, brother.

Matthew Coady

February 18, 2021

In 1999 I met Mark for the first time as a customer at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo and soon after became part of the Michigan Team working with Pyxis. I had no idea how close all of us would become over time. First as coworkers, then friends and then the feeling of family. Over the years we have shared so many memories together. We often talked about family at work and after work. He was so incredibly proud of his family and always lit up while talking about you with a smile. Mark smiled a lot and had a great sense of humor. We often ribbed each other while working together. I loved it when he’d say some sort of wise crack while laughing at his own joke and then punctuate it with a snort at the end when he’s catching his breath. I wish I could tell him I did the same thing looking at that 80’s mustache photo of his! Love ya buddy.
Joan, Sarah and Samantha I am truly heartbroken for you and the rest of the family. Please know that we are all thinking about him and hold you in our hearts.

Mark West

February 18, 2021

Mark was a loving husband and father. He always took the opportunity to tell all of his friends how proud he was of Joan, Samantha and Sarah! Mark loved life and was a terrific friend. He was always the first to ask if you needed some help, wanted to join in a game of golf or just share a drink and a stogy at the local pub! One of my best memories of Mark is how he loved parties at my house and in particular the drinks and stogies in the heated garage during the winter. I think it is Mark who coined the term “what happens in the garage, stays in the garage”. He will be missed by many and especially me. RIP

Lois Calverley

February 18, 2021

I worked with Mark at Beaumont in the “narc vault” along with Kevin Pisarski (who we also lost and I miss every day still) and Myra Hesson. Mark and Kevin would call Myra and myself the narc chicks lol.. he was always joking around and making work a pleasure! What a great since of humor he had and spoke often of his family.. I’m sure he will be missed by everyone that knew him.. my prayers to the family ❤️

Beverly Smith

February 18, 2021

He was always smiling!

Kevin Patch

February 18, 2021

Maria and I really got to know Mark and Joan about 7 years ago. Our girls were both on the cheer team at Avondale and we would see them at football games, basketball games and those all day cheer competitions. After a year of seeing one another at the games, I believe it was Mark that suggested that we meet before a game at Muldoon's for a few drinks and a bite to eat. This quickly became a tradition and something we always looked forward to. Mark, of course would always reserve the table and was the first one there. We enjoyed these times so much that we often found ourselves sneaking into the games well into the 1st or 2nd quarter. Our girls have since moved on to college but I am thankful to say that we remained close and continued to share many more laughs and good times.

The Patch family will certainly miss Mark a great deal, but are so grateful for the times we enjoyed together and the memories we have to hold onto.

Kendall McCarthy

February 18, 2021

Mr. P,
Knowing him for most of my life was such an honor. He was always the light in any room, loving his life in the present, and cherishing every moment with those he came in contact with. There are too many memories to pick on favorite, but the most memorable times are every family event hearing his laugh and amazing stories, the time he always took to ask what was going on in my life and was encouraging for whatever my path was. I will miss him and the light her brought to any space he entered dearly🤍

- this photo was from my 21st birthday, one of my favorite memories that portrays the amazing chosen family i was so blessed to be apart of

David Smith

February 17, 2021

I worked with Mark at Pyxis for the last 16 years. We were partners on countless projects...big and small. Over these years, I'm sure we saw each other more than our own wife and children. I must of sat with Mark and ate lunch with him over a 1000 times. That man would eat his daily apple like he hadn't had food in a week!

We over came hundreds challenges together. Mark would always celebrate a problem solved with a mighty fist pump like he just won the lottery! I will miss that most of all. At the end of the day we would simply say "see ya tomorrow". It is inconceivable to me that there will be no more tomorrows.

Today I walked into the Pyxis Staging area at the Hospital Mark last worked at and there was his tool bag and countless pads of paper with Mark's scribbles all over them....some were almost legible...(he was the only man I knew with worse handwriting then me). Seeing all of his stuff made it seem that he was going to walk back into that room any moment. I was there all day...he never arrived.

Mark would beat me to work almost every morning. It didn't matter if we started at 10am or 5am...he was always be there before me. We would usually fight about the music, talk sports, discuss our families and talk about customers behind there backs. We did occasionally argue over small stuff , but we always respected each other and had each others back when things went haywire...and they did no fault of our own 😁.

Mark and I did occasionally spent time together away from work...but not enough time. We played Golf together many times and had some great times at many company meetings and conventions.

Someday I may get used to not working with Mark on a project, but I will probably be close to retirement by then.

Joan, Sarah and Samantha...I am so sorry for your loss, but thank you for letting Mark be a big part of my life for the past 16 years.

Rest in Peace Mark!

Keith Lanctot

February 17, 2021

23 years ago I had the privilege of meeting Mark for the first time when he was working at Beaumont Hospital. Little did I know that Mark and I would become not only co-workers, but become dear friends. This friendship led to us sharing our love for golf and many golfing adventures. Mark was a very loving person who cared deeply not only for his family but his friends as well. One of the things I will miss most about him is not being able to call and talk to him about life, life’s happy moments as well as the difficult ones, he was always there. This was one of his greatest qualities as a friend. This is where I will feel the greatest loss. A friend like this comes once in a life time and I will be forever grateful we were placed in each other fairways. He will be greatly missed not only by me but all those who’s lives he touched.

GEORGE Navarro

February 17, 2021

I am a former co-worker at Becton-Dickinson and worked with Mark since his first day on the job until I left last year. Almost 20 years! The first thing I noticed was his height and his powerful voice and that smile. He had a great sense of humor. If our work-talk ever drifted to our families, he would always talk about his girls. I never had the chance to meet his family, but I knew they were in good hands with him as a husband and father. I am still in shock of hearing this news. My deep condolences to his wife and daughters. Sorry for your loss.