Dr. Mark Timothy Rukavina
Tuesday 25th of November 1980 - Friday 18th of October 2019
Dr. Mark Timothy Rukavina of Louisville, Kentucky, beloved Husband of Sheri Greene Rukavina and Father to Luke Timothy Rukavina and Anna Love Rukavina, passed away at age 38 from a long and very courageous fight against cholangiocarcinoma on Friday, October 19, 2019 at 2:20 P.M.
Mark was born in Bossier City, Louisiana on November 25, 1980. He grew up in Louisville until the age of 11 when he moved to Lexington, Kentucky where he enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, tennis and swimming. He graduated from Lexington Catholic High School in 1999. In May of 2003, he graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a major in Economics and a minor in Leadership and Organizations.
Mark went on to medical school at the Univerity of Louisville where he graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 2009. Afterward, he completed three years of residency at the University of Louisville Department of Emergency Medicine. Upon graduation he started his career, working for Team Health and served as the Medical Director at Jewish East hospital in Louisville, Ky.
In addition to his wife and children, he leaves his father, Mark Wistrich Rukavina of Lexington, Ky and two brothers, Sean Patrick Rukavina (Jessica) of Lexington, Ky and Matthew Scallon Rukavina (Gabby) of Houston, Texas. He was predeceased by his mother, Linda Scallon Rukavina and by his son, Mark Richard Rukavina.
Friends may call from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 24th at Milward - Man O'War located at 1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, October 25th at 12:00 pm at Cathedral of Christ the King located at 299 Colony Blvd., Lexington 40502. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery located 874 West Main St, Lexington, KY 40508. Father Jim Sichko, Papal Missionary will officiate and Father Gino Donatelli, SJ will be presiding at Mass. Memorial contribution options can be made to: The Catholic Diocese of Lexington, c/o FJS Preaching Ministry, 1310 W. Main St., Lexington, KY 40508.
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Lisa M Evanssays
Sheri, prayers lifted for you and your beautiful children. May God give you strengh and surround you with the love of family and friends. Mark will be so dearly missed and remembered for his kind and generous heart. Chaplain Lisa
Reading Mark’s obituary showed what an amazing man Mark was, but his greatest accomplishments by far were his strong faith in the Lord in the most difficult of situations, his tremendous love for his wife Sheri and his children and family, and his compassion for everyone he came in contact with. He made everyone he met feel like a friend.
Sheri, We love you and Luke and Anna Love, our prayers are with you every day and we are so sorry for your loss. Love Aunt Sandy
Tom and Diana Taylorsays
Sheri and family you are and will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Our condolences and love..Bless You and the family. May Mark Rest in Eternal Peace
Mark Rukavina was a kind and loving husband,father and my dear friend. We have so many fond memories. I met Mark as a physician. A kind loving main that appreciated his title and felt that his calling as a physician was through Gods blessing. The Nurses always felt a special presence when we worked with him. We are better people we are better nurses! His love for his family and friends will be cherished in our heart forever! But his love for God outweighed everything. I’ve seen him pray with patients. Witnessed many talks with staff. He always listened no matter because that’s who he was! He always poured his heart into everything! Thank you for teaching the love of prayer again! Thank you so much for allowing God to partake in my life again. You will be truly be missed my friend and you will forever be in my heart! God bless you and your family
had the honor to work with this wonderful human being .. he was one doc that truly cared, listened and wanted to help all .. without hesitation or judgement.... prayers to his family ..and all of us left behind.. keep them smiling up there doc..