Mark E. Abderholden
of Oshkosh WI, found eternal peace on July 3rd, 2010 at home surrounded by his family after an 18 month battle with brain cancer.
He was born on September 23, 1960 in Waukegan IL. He found he had a knack for mechanics early in life when he dismantled the back of the family refrigerator, while still in grade school, just to see how it worked. He went to MSOE and became a mechanical engineer for the packaging industry. He stayed curious about how things worked as he balanced his interests in family, friends and neighbors. Mark said, "I have no regrets. I've done more than some people with 100 years." He was known for his sense of humor and jovial attitude. Asked about the key to success, the father of teenagers said, "Get up before noon, get a job," before breaking into laughter. He always applied his energy to creating memories with his wife, children and friends.
In the past few years Mark ran two marathons and several half-marathons with his younger brother Guy. He enjoyed skiing the Alps and Colorado, rafting with his family, captaining the family pontoon boat, camping in the pop-up camper, attending numerous performances by his children and tinkering with old snowmobiles with his son. He liked pheasant hunting and was a charter member of the Lake County Pheasants Forever and the Antioch Area Ducks Unlimited in his hometown. He liked horseback riding, fishing and supporting the arts. His community paid him back when he needed some ramps outside his home.
Mark rarely missed reading his local newspaper and he also was published in trade publications half a dozen times, his latest being "Retrofitting Old Sheeters" PFFC magazine, July 2003. He worked for JM EQUIPMENT, Sturgis, MI; WEBEX Inc., Neenah, Wis., and Marquip Inc., in Madison and Phillips, Wis. He really enjoyed being the Midwest Sales Manager for Fosber America Inc., Green Bay, Wis. Fosber America's support for Mark and his family during his fight with cancer was above and beyond of what could have been expected.
Mark is survived by his wife, Anne Marie (Brunner) and children Katharina, Alex, Jojo, Isabelle of Oshkosh and Jeremy Lazar of Augusta; his parents Dr. Edward and Dolores Abderholden; sister Sue and Lee (Keller) and their children Ona and Eva; brothers Ed and Lynne and his children Ned, Lauren and Brooke; Frank and Sue and their children Elizabeth and Katherine; Jim and Linda and their children Blaise and Tyler; and Guy and Juliann and their children Max, Sam and Maggie.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2010 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 605 Merritt (corner of Merritt and Boyd Street) Oshkosh followed by a funeral mass at 1:30 p.m. and burial at Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh. Mark's wish was for everyone to wear vibrant colors, no black, to celebrate his life.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018.
A Memorial Mass in Antioch, IL will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements by STRANG FUNERAL HOME OF ANTIOCH. Please sign the guest book for Mark at www.strangfh.com
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Published in News Sun on July 7, 2010