Mark Richard Marineau, 65, died peacefully in his sleep at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in King, Wisconsin due to complications of dementia and diabetes on June 27, 2020. While Mark’s dementia diminished his capacity at times, when surrounded by his family, friends and the nursing staff at the Veteran’s Home, he never lost the luster in his eyes or his ability for a kind word to all. Mark was by nature a wondering soul who had great passion for living on his own and in his own way. He really loved having and caring for animals, his dog Wizard, and at one point the hundreds of cats he cared for in a boarder home in California. At various times in life Mark lived in Texas, California and Wisconsin after returning from his service in the U.S. Navy. Mark attended Marinette High School prior to enlisting in the Navy. Belied by his somewhat gruff appearance, Mark never harbored ill-will toward anyone, although as children, he sure did love torturing his “little brother.” All in good fun he would say.
Mark remained single all of his life and Mark was preceded in death by his father, Richard Raymond Marineau in 2012. Mark is survived by his mother Mary Jane and his brother Michael, both of Middleton, Wisconsin. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Ellen of Townsend, Wisconsin. Mark is further survived by his nephews Joshua of Middleton and Dustyn of Woodruff, Wisconsin and his aunt and uncle Sharon and Kenneth of Marinette. Mark’s other surviving family members who all live in California are his aunt and uncle Shirley and Ron Marineau, Mitzi and her children Daniel, Christopher and Linden (and her children). Other relatives who preceded Mark in death were his uncle Brian Bednarski and David Bednarski his cousin, both of San Diego, California.
Mark’s funeral services will be private and his body cremated where he will reside alongside his father. Funeral and cremation services will be provided by Maple Crest Funeral Services in King, Wisconsin. Along with a private service, Mark will have a military honor guard ceremony at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in King when the COVID pandemic makes it safe for family and staff to attend.
While Mark was born into the hands of God as a Catholic, he did not necessarily follow the faith to the letter. He believed in God and all of the good that comes with that belief. He will make a good son in Heaven and will shine like a bright star next to all of his other family with God. His maternal grandmother Myrtle O’Connor and his favorite Auntie Margie, his paternal grandparents Raymond and Rose Marineau, and all who Mark and Mike kindly referred to as the “wrinkly ladies” dressed in their full-body black bathing suits and white swimming caps (it was the early 1960’s after all) who used to dip in the bay each morning while they stayed at the cottage. They were the sweetest little ladies on earth and when they waltzed down to the waterfront, it truly gave Mark a good laugh. We think that’s why he liked the beach so much.
Mark wishes to thank everyone of his friends and family, and especially the nursing staff at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in King for their kindness, compassion and care they gave to him during his years. They are very special people and Wisconsin should be proud to have them.
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