Deputy Chief Burlington Fire Protection District and Retired Battalion Chief Geneva Fire Department
Saint Charles, IL
End of Service: 03/07/2023
Mark Einwich, age 55, of St. Charles, IL, formerly of the Burlington and Elgin areas, IL, passed away quietly into Heaven, Tuesday, March 7, 2023, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. He was united in marriage to Angela Koukol and was blessed with a blended family of six children who adored him to no end.
Mark began a career in fire service at the Pingree Grove Fire Department. Later he volunteered for the Burlington Department before becoming a dispatcher for the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. He extended his time in blue as an Elburn policeman before returning home to fire service, finding a family at the Geneva Fire Department for the next 30 years, and rising to the rank of Deputy Chief, before retiring in November of 2022. Following retirement, Mark continued on with the Burlington Fire Department as Deputy Chief. Declining health weakened his body, but never his spirit. Mark fought with all that he had and loved with all of his heart, but his memory remains with the brothers and sisters dedicating their lives to the protection of their friends, neighbors, and community.
Mark was always known to share his wisdom, especially, “Work smarter not harder.”. Even as a kid, he played with fire trucks and as time went on, the trucks just became bigger before he was riding in the real thing. He coached baseball and was assistant coach of several basketball and football teams, leading by example and encouraging how to play the “right way”. Mark spent his life in service of others and never hesitated to put anything on the line, including his life, for his fellow man. His loss is tragic and the void he leaves will never be filled, but in time our memories will form around his absence and echo throughout the rest of our lives.