CORTLAND - Mark F. Toncar, 57, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, after a long illness.
He was born to Carol Toncar Peterka and the late Frank W. Toncar on Aug. 19, 1956, in Cleveland.
He graduated from Aurora High School in 1974 and received his B.B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Kent State University.
He married Ruthe Merckens in 1988.
Dr. Toncar joined the marketing department at Youngstown State University in 2002 as an associate professor and was promoted to professor in 2008.
Prior to joining YSU, he was a member of the faculty at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. Dr. Toncar was recognized by peers in the academy as a respected scholar with numerous journal articles to his credit.
He was designated Distinguished Professor of Scholarship at YSU in 2008. Dr. Toncar was also an outstanding educator, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, where the testimony of his students serves as an example of the important impact he had on the lives of those in his classroom.
Mark was a lifelong member of the DTJ, a Czech organization, having gymed at Komensky Hall. He volunteered at many DTJ events over the years and served as the treasurer of Mount Pleasant DTJ club for five years.
Mark is survived by his sons, Jonathan (Heather) Merckens of Huron, and Frank and Mark at home; by granddaughters, Rachel and Sidney Merckens; sisters, Deborah Donovan and Jacqueline (Clifford) Sebastiano; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Friends will be received at the Green Family Funeral Home, state Route 44 at the corner of 4668 Pioneer Trail, Mantua, where services will be held 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, followed by interment in Shadyside Cemetery, Auburn Township.
Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.