The St. Tikhon’s Seminary community mourns the passing of Dn. Mark Hoeplinger, a member of our Board of Trustees.
The son of Frank and Rose Hoeplinger, Dn. Mark was received into Orthodoxy in 1987 from the Roman Catholic Church into St. Stephen’s Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, NY. This is the same parish where he and his wife, Dr. Christine (Stefanovich), were married in in 1980. They have two adult children, Stephen and Alex.
A practicing Ear, Nose and Throat Physician in Seneca, NY since 1987, Dr. Mark and Dr. Christine, a dentist, have traveled with colleagues to countries such as Uganda, Peru, and Guatemala to offer medical and dental expertise to those in need, as medical ministry. These trips have been organized through the Orthodox Christian Mission Center in St. Augustine, FL, and through Faith in Practice. Dr. Mark also served as a resident faculty member at the ENT Department of the University at Buffalo Medical School for over 25 years.
In 2011, Dr. Mark entered the Diaconal Training Program through St. Tikhon’s Seminary. He was ordained deacon on August 11, 2013 at St. George Orthodox Church (OCA) in Buffalo, NY, by then Bishop Michael (Dahulich) and has continued serving there since.
Dn. Mark became a St. Tikhon’s Seminary Board member just months later in October of 2013. Since that time he has worked ceaselessly to advance a number of areas of seminary life, most notably our married student housing project.
Fr. Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon’s, shared his remembrance of Dn. Mark: “When I first met Dn. Mark, he was excited about connecting with recent graduates of St. Tikhon’s Deacon Training program to encourage their support of the seminary. This energy has only grown in the past two years in his untiring efforts to build support for the seminary. Dn. Mark so often shared how he felt he had received so much, and now felt called by God to give back out of the abundance he had received.”
Michael Herzak, Board Chair, shared his thoughts upon learning of the death of Dn. Mark: "His untimely repose has hit the St. Tikhon's community very deeply. In the short time of his service as a board member, he has been such an energizing force in advancing St. Tikhon's Seminary mission, most recently in working to fund the married student housing project so that future married students can count on housing in enrolling at the seminary."
Dn. Mark will be sorely missed by the St. Tikhon’s Seminary community, and our prayers are with his family and parish family as they too grieve his passing. A Memorial Service was celebrated by the St. Tikhon Community upon learning of his repose. May the memory of Dn. Mark be eternal!
Please find below the schedule of funeral services for Thy Newly-Departed Servant of God, Dn Mark Hoeplinger
MONDAY OCTOBER 19, 2016
Viewing at Hoy Funeral Home - 3855 Seneca Street Buffalo, NY
6:00 to 9:00 pm
TUESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2016
Viewing at St George Orthodox Church - 2 Nottingham Terrace Buffalo, NY
5:00-6:00 pm meal served in The Parish Fellowship Hall
6:00 to 9:00 pm
7:00 pm - Panahyda Service
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2016
9:00 - 10:00 am Viewing at St George Orthodox Church - 2 Nottingham Terrace Buffalo, NY
10:00 am - Funeral Service at St George Orthodox Church - 2 Nottingham Terrace Buffalo, NY
Light meal in Parish Fellowship Hall following Funeral Service
Internment at Lakeside Cemetery Hamburg NY followe by Repast Meal