Mark F. Sertich
b. 14 May 1907, d. 28 September 1946
- Father: Jacob Sertich b. 7 August 1870, d. 14 May 1925
- Mother: Anna Dumenich b. 7 February 1883, d. 6 February 1927
- Mark F. Sertich was born on 14 May 1907 in Jezerane, Croatia.
- Anna Dumenich arrived in the Port of New York on 25 August 1909, accompanied by Mark F. Sertich, Mary M. Sertich traveling aboard the SS Argentina, having departed Trieste on the 7th, destined for Michigan to join Jakob Sertic. Names were recorded on the manifest as Anna, Marija and Marco Sertic.
- Jacob Sertich and Anna Dumenich appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Red Jacket, Calumet Township, Houghton County, Michigan, at 420 Sixth Street surname recorded as Sertic. Other members of the household included Mark F. Sertich, Mary M. Sertich. At the same address were [brothers of Jacob?] Thomas (40) and Joseph (42) Sertic, both also Croatian, married, and employed as copper mine trimmers.
- Jacob Sertich and Anna Dumenich appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Osceola Township, Houghton County, Michigan, at 27 County Road recorded as the "Jakobs" family, head of household "Sertizh.". Other members of the household included Mark F. Sertich, Mary M. Sertich, Emile Sertich and Walter Lawrence Sertich.
- John Robert Niksich registered for the draft on 22 Jan 1949 in Alaska, while living in Wasilla, and employed there by the Alaska Pacific Consolidated Mining Company. Contact listed was his cousin Mark Sertich, also in Wasilla.
- Mark F. Sertich registered for the draft on 22 January 1941 in Alaska while living in Wasilla, and employed there by the Alaska Pacific Consolidated Mining Company. Contact listed was his sister Mary Jellich in Mellen, Wisconsin.
- Walter Lawrence Sertich registered for the draft on 12 July 1941 in Alaska while living in Wasilla, and employed there by the Alaska Pacific Consolidated Mining Company. Contact listed was his brother Mark Sertich, also in Wasilla.
- Mark F. Sertich enlisted as a private in the US Army. on 9 June 1942, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- The following appeared on 17 March 1944 in the Ironwood Daily Globe: Mrs. Mark Sertich, the former Catherine Bardesono of Hurley, has been notified by the war department that her husband, Cpl. Mark Sertich, has been wounded in action in Italy. Cpl. Sertich is from Hurley and has been in the service for the past 18 months.
- The following appeared on 6 July 1945 in the Ironwood Daily Globe: T-5 Mark Sertich is spending a 30-day furlough with his wife, the former Catherine Bardesono of Hurley, and with other friends and relatives. He has been overseas for 32 months, during which time he served in Africa, Sicily, Salerno, and Southern France. He has seven battle stars in three beachhead landings, and has been awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze star. He will report ot Houston, Tex., upon completion of his furlough.
- Mark F. Sertich died on 28 September 1946 at age 39 in Hurley, Iron County, Wisconsin, in an underground expxlosion at the Cary mine.
- He was interred at Mellen Union Cemetery, Mellen, Ashland County, Wisconsin.
- The following appeared on 30 September 1946 in the Ironwood Daily Globe: Mark F. Sertich, 39, Hurley, was killed at 7:15 Saturday night in the Cary mine, and Anton Suzik, Cary location, was injured by an underground explosion believed to have been caused when they drilled into an unexploded charge of dynamite.
The victim had been employed in the mine for only three days at the time of his death. Suzik is being treated at Newport hospital for extensive bruises and body contusions and attendants said his condition today was "fair."
Mr. Sertich was a combat veteran of the African and Italian campaigns of World War II and a wearer of the Purple Heart He was a member of the Edward L. Cossette American Legion post of Hurley.
After his discharge from the army, he was employed for a time in alaska. Returning from there six months ago, he was engaged as a woods worker until recently.
Born in Yugoslavia May 14, 1907, he came to this country as an infant and lived in Mellen until he joined the army. He is survived by his wife, the former Katherine Bardesona of Hurley, three brothers and two sisters.
He resided in Hurley on Seventh avenue.
The remains will lie in state at the Charbonneau funeral home from 3 tomorrow afternoon until noon Wednesday, when they will be taken to the Brunz funeral home in Mellen, where services will be held Thursday morning.
- The following appeared on 2 October 1946 in the Ironwood Daily Globe: The remains of Mark F. Sertich, Hurley, who was killed in a blast at the Cary mine Saturday night, were taken to Mellen today for burial. Services will be held in Mellen tomorrow morning.
- The following appeared on 7 October 1946 in the Ironwood Daily Globe: Our sincere thanks to friends and relatives for their kindness and sympathy shown in the death of our beloved husband and brother, Mark Sertich. We are especially appreciative of these exptessions of sympathy and extend our deepest gratitude. Mrs. Mark Sertich, Brothers and Sisters.
- Last Edited: 3 May 2017