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MARKO, Michael J.

MARKO, Michael J.

Michael J. Marko, age 67.  Loving father of Lisa Sebold (Thomas) and Michael (Nicole).  Proud “Pa” of Matthew, Luke, and Sean.  Dearest brother of Mary Ann Moss (Martin).  Michael was a US Marine Corps veteran.  He was a lifelong member of St. Charles Borromeo Church and resided in his home town of Parma, Ohio the majority of his life.  Michael spent his 35-year career in law enforcement protecting, teaching, and guiding others to thrive when they were lost, unsure or having the worst day of their lives.  He was a proud member of the Cleveland Heights Police Department for 22 years as an Investigator and then a Supervisor.   He taught at The Cleveland Heights Police Academy, Cuyahoga Community College, and Medina Career Center. He is remembered as a favorite instructor by many.  He achieved his lifetime career goal of becoming a Police Chief and served his community leading with pride and humility.  Michael’s legacy of service lives on.  
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL, SAT. NOV. 28, 11:15 AM, ST. CHARLES CHURCH, WITH VISITATION AT CHURCH PRIOR TO MASS, FROM 10:30 – 11:15 AM.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. Charles Borromeo Church or an organization of your choice.  To offer condolences visit

Messages of Condolence

  1. My thoughts and prayers to you mike and your sister and the rest of your families. He was a great man. Many looked up to him…

  2. I am so deeply sorry for your immeasurable loss. My heart hurts to learn of his passing. I knew Mike first as Instructor Marko while attending the Tri-C Police Academy back in 2000-2001. He was a favorite instructor to so many of us. He was so genuine and kind, witty, hilarious, intelligent and tough but never arrogant. And he cared about his students and their success and future safety in this job. He was thoughtful and patient. Fun but serious when it was needed. I have never forgotten the things he taught me and the tips and advice he gave me, I’ve thought back to them many times over my 17 years in law enforcement. I ran into him a few times over the years in Cleveland Heights and he was always so kind. I will never forget his warm, friendly spirit and genuine caring heart, how he used to crack jokes and make us all laugh, and that sweet smile. I have recently relocated from Ohio to Alaska where I am continuing my law enforcement career. Sending my thoughts, condolences, and respects from afar as unfortunately I cannot attend his service to do so in person. My heart goes out to you all, so many of us are grieving with you.

  3. So sorry for your loss.. Michael was what I would consider a good friend here in New London.. We would sit and talk all the time .. He was very quick to notice me if I didn’t see him first some kinda name then I knew it was him.. He is going to sadly missed by many I feel I lost a good friend..

  4. I met your father when he became the police Chief in New London over 11 years ago. He was truly a down to earth man, he was well respected here by many. I got to work by his side on many occasions, as well as the officers here, I am a volunteer Firefighter and I run with Firelands Ambulance Service. But on a more personal note, he was my friend, he lived across the hall from my grandmother, and he helped watch over her from time to time, grandma and are family became great friends, she would cook him various meals and desserts to try and he did and a friendship became. When my grandmother passed Chief Marko escorted her out with a police cruiser to her final resting. I am so sorry for your loss, He truly was a great Friend, and Police Chief, He did his job with leadership and Honor.
    I’m going to miss him for sure. REST IN PEACE CHIEF, you will be missed by your friends and your family.

    You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for serving our community and our country. And thank you for everything you did for my family.

  5. My deepest sympathy to the family of Michael Marko.
    Chief Marko was so kind to me when he walked beside me at the Police
    Memorial the American Legion hosted to honor my husband Chief ames Pheifer and two other New London Policemen. We spoke of the dedication needed to be a Police Office. And of the challenges of the job. I pray the family can find comfort in knowing how much he was liked and admired.

  6. Chief was an amazing man. He helped me with a couple situations and I feel so honored and blessed to have known him. My heart goes out to the family. Sending prayers!

  7. My heart goes out to the family of Mike. He became such a good friend to my family. Being the Mom of Jamie Case then you can understand why by his condolences. Mike lived across the hall from my Mom and they became such good friends. Mom treated him like her child. She would fix him food and if he didn’t eat the way she thought he should she would worry. He escorted her to her final resting place and she would have been so proud of him for that. Rest in peace Michael Marko. You will be missed.

  8. he was a friend to everyone ,,,,, we sat and chatted and id get him laughing and leave him do his work at Mcdonalds most every morning ..he always called me a pistol …i will miss my friend i already miss my friend ,,,, hes probably working as head security at the pearly gates as we speak ,,,, R,I,P friend …

  9. Mike Marko was larger than life. I am so sorry for your loss. The positive impact he had on oh so many lives is staggering. I would see him about 10 times a week over the last 11 years and we are all diminished by his passing. So many conversations, or sometimes, just a “how the heck are you Pete” he made everyone at the restaurant feel like they were his friend. I miss you!!

  10. I am so sorry for your loss. The Chief was a wonderful caring man. So admired by many. Prayers for your family at this difficult time.

  11. Such a nice guy ! Always friendly , very professional and caring . He lived in the apartments where my mom lives. I’d often see Chief while getting her mail – he was getting his mail as well . Would always ask ” how’s mom” . There were several times mom needed help whether it be change a light bulb , putting new batterys in her smoke detectors , taking her trash out , or tapeing her window when it got broke . He was always willing to help . There were times he did things for her just because – that’s because he was that nice of guy . He will be greatly missed by my family , Rest in peace Chief Marko . I for one will never forget you & your kindness.

  12. I am so very sorry for your loss. Chief Mike was important part of the New London community and will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Chief.

  13. I met Chief when he came to new london and started coming into McDonald’s where I work. He’d come in and get his diet coke and sit in
    the corner and work on his computer. We all felt safer with him there. He’d listen to whatever problems we had and help as much as possible.
    He was a great listener and always had our backs.
    He is and always will be greatly missed.

  14. It was a privilege to have known you and work with you in Cleveland Heights. May God reward you in heaven. Your friend, Leo

  15. My heart and prayers go out to Chief Marko’s family! Chief was a great leader, mentor, and friend. He will truly be missed, but I also know he’ll forever be in our hearts!

  16. When we needed Chief Marko, he was there. We didn’t even live in town, and he still helped us. He gave us peace of mind and settled a matter for us that was creating a crisis. I will always remember his kindness and his compassion. I will always remember his gentle spirit. Thank you, Chief Marko, for your service and for being such an amazing and admired member of our New London community. We will miss you!! May you rest in Heaven.

  17. going to miss the Chief ,,he was a good friend of ours and came down to chat once in awhile ..before covid we met at Mcdonalds in the morning for breakfast and our chats ,,, almost everyone that i know liked the Chief and always had kind words for him … gonna miss you old buddy ,,R.I.P and thanks for being my friend …

  18. My deepest condolences. Mike was pivotal point in my career. I couldn’t have done it without his guidance. He was a heck of a friend and will be seriously missed.
    God Bless His Soul. His personal tormenting is now over.

    I’m truly glad I had the chance to know him. He made a positive difference in my life!

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