Mark E. Sheely

August 31, 2016

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35 Railroad Street Plymouth OH 44865 9/4/2016 16:00:00

Plmouth OH 44865 9/5/2016 11:00:00

Mark Eldon Sheely was born on May 22nd, 1951 and passed August 31st, 2016 at the age of 65. In those 65 years, Mark managed to educate, coach, and inspire thousands of Northern Ohioans. His late parents Janice and James Sheely were also the parents of Becky Sheely, Grace Copley, and Tam Gomez. Mark grew up and attended Plymouth High school where he played football as well as played drums in band. He graduated in 1969 and went on to Bluffton College, majoring in education. While there, he worked for the college radio station where he hosted a rock and roll show. He also met Penelope Wolczyk, and fell in love and they were married. After finishing his degree, they moved to Mansfield where Mark took a job teaching and coaching football at Clearfork High School. Then Mark procured a teaching position in his hometown, Plymouth. Mark and Penny moved to Plymouth and began their family. David, Christopher, Patrick, and Lex. Over the years he was involved deeply in family life-coaching, Cub Scout leader, timekeeper at Plymouth football games, attending almost every Plymouth High school event.
Mark soon obtained his Master’s in Education Administration and became the Plymouth school district’s Elementary principal for 27 years. After retirement he then went on to be the Educational Director of Richland County Newhope School. After they retired, Mark and Penny lived life to the fullest, pursuing everything they loved. Mark’s favorite destination was taking his family to Walt Disney World. His latest passion in life was playing card’s, board games, going to the movies and spending as much time as he could with his six grandchildren. He was always quick with a joke or a word of encouragement and always knew the right thing to say. He was the best baby swaddler, always calming and soothing the fussiest of baby. He enjoyed Cleveland sports and OSU football, regularly going to games. He did his best to help everyone around him succeed in their pursuits and always gave sound advice. Ever courious himself, he encouraged others to learn, grow, and change. He was gentle, loving and will be deeply missed.
Visitation will be held at the Secor Funeral Home in Plymouth, Ohio on Sunday, September 4, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Plymouth with Father Chris Mileski officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Plymouth. Memorial contributions can be made to Plymouth-Shiloh Athletic Boosters. Online condolences can be made at


Linda Fackler - Sep 13, 2016

Mark graduated the year before I did He was a good guy was a great teacher and principle. May Mark rest in peace and our prays go out to his family. God Bless Linda(Seaman)Fackler

Bernadine Dye - Sep 8, 2016

To Mark’s family, I am sorry that I didn’t make it to his funeral. I just found out that he had passed. I worked with him and two of the boys at Shiloh School. All of you are in my prayers. God Bless.

Paul and Amy Walker - Sep 4, 2016

Mark is the guy that gave me my first job in education and I will always remember him for that. After talking with him over the years you quickly learned his passion for kids. I love his family and wish them them the best. He will always have a place in my heart.
God bless,
Paul & Amy

Jim, Sandy, Luke and Ben Blum. Connie Blum. - Sep 3, 2016

Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Dickson - Sep 3, 2016

Mark was one of the greats. I remember so much about him as a principal, and he was one of aunt Deb’s favorites from a gym class in earlier years. He was a great Mock Interviewer for Bluffton when I’d have him back to interview our education students. He was clearly so proud of his family. I’m sharing my thoughts and prayers for all of you in these days. His loss is felt by many, so may you feel the support of all of us.

Robert and Bonnie Hall - Sep 2, 2016

Our family has known the Sheelys for many years.We went to high school with Mark, raised our kids at the same time and was happy he was in the school system in Plymouth when our boys were in school. What a great family! To the entire Sheely family our deepest sympathy. May God be with you.

Stacy Chew - Sep 2, 2016

So very sorry for your loss! I am thinking of you all at this sad and difficult time! Coach Chew luvs ya, Lex!
Stacy Chew

Barb Shifley - Sep 2, 2016

Sincere condolences to all of you. Mark’s life was cut way too short. Because he was appointed principal for Plymouth Schools, his teaching position became open and I was the lucky one to fill it. I’ve also appreciated Mark for being the key to start my career. He was a good man.

Julie Wells - Sep 1, 2016

Sorry for your loss. I had him as a principal over at Shiloh.

Paul and Beth McClintock - Sep 1, 2016

We are out of town this weekend, but we will be thinking of Penny and all the kids. Our sincere condolences.

Jeff Slauson - Sep 1, 2016

Mark and I worked together for sixteen years as administrators in the Plymouth Schools. Being a Plymouth boy himself, Mark was completely devoted to the education and welfare of the Plymouth students. He was definitely one of the school district’s most valuable assets because he was not just “passing through”. Plymouth was his home, and the best interests of the students of the school district were his passion, his mission, and his goal as a skilled and dedicated educator. His love for his family was unparalleled, and it can be said that he enriched the lives of all who knew him. I will miss him. May he rest in peace.

kevin - Sep 1, 2016

My condolences to the family of Mark Sheely
I knew him as a math teacher . He was a great man and we’ll liked by many . Mark may you rest in peace and plymouth lost a great teacher and mentor . God bless your family.

Susan Root Moore - Sep 1, 2016

Mark was not only a good friend (he literally helped me pass chemistry in high school); he was a wonderful neighbor to my parents for many years.
I especially appreciated how supportive Mark was when Tim was ill – particularly all the good advice he gave us about kidney transplants and dialysis. Ever a devoted husband and father, I know his family adored him, as did his many students and the teachers with whom he worked.
Mark truly left his imprint on many, many people in our community. My heart goes out to you, Penny, and to David, Christopher, Patrick and Lexi. Our love and sympathy to you all.