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Mark D. Pliska, 64 – Point/Plover Metro Wire

Mark D. Pliska, 64, of Stevens Point, died suddenly at his home on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Mark was born in Stevens Point on May 13, 1958, the son of Max and Bernice (Kluck) Pliska.

Mark attended and graduated from SPASH with the Class of 1976. Upon graduation, he began his career in the paper mill, forming lifelong friendships until his retirement from Verso Corp. in 2020. On August 11, 1979, he was united in marriage with his high school girlfriend, Debra Ann Szymkowiak, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Mark had a passion for hunting. As an avid whitetail hunter, he followed the phases of the moon, environmental factors, and daily routines in an attempt to outsmart a trophy whitetail. He also enjoyed fishing, playing softball in his youth, and hanging out with friends.

He took great pride in his lawn, spending many hours mowing and trimming to perfection. However, his greatest joy was above all to be with his family. As a loving and dedicated husband, Mark cared for his wife Debra, throughout her 20 year battle with multiple sclerosis. For the past two years, spending time with her grandchildren has made her life complete.

Mark is survived by his mother, Bernice of Stevens Point; two daughters, Jennifer Wenzel of Rosholt and Allyson (Joe) Skibinski of Stevens Point; grandchildren, Landon, Mason, Lucy, Madelynn, Joseph, Maverick and Thompson; his brothers, Michael (Elaine) Pliska of Knowlton and Randall Pliska of Waupaca; as well as many other relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Max; his beloved wife Debra in October 2019; and her beloved dog Daisy Mae.

A Christian Burial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Todd Mlsna presiding. Interment will follow at Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited for a visitation at Pisarski’s Funeral Home, 703 Second St. from 4-7 p.m., ending with the Rosary, on Tuesday, June 21. The tour will continue in St. Faustina Hall, St. Peter’s Church, 800 Fourth Ave., at 9 a.m. until time for Wednesday Mass.

For those unable to attend Mass, it will be streamed live on St. Peter’s Facebook page at

Pisarski Funeral Homes are honored to assist the Pliska family. Online condolences can be sent by visiting: