I received a call from XXXXXX XXXX tonight. She is Mark’s wife. I left a message on Mark’s cell phone and their home phone. She didn’t have his cell charger and the phone was dead. She was out of town with her family after the funeral and for Christmas. When she returned home she plugged in Mark’s phone and got my message on the home phone. They have a son XXXXXXX who is XX years old.
She said that she had gone through Mark’s email but she didn’t have his password, but was finally able to retrieve it and she sent messages to a couple of LJ’ers that she had found email addresses in his program.
She thanks people for the comments and concerns. I told her about the new enhancement that Martin installed for the In Memoriam link. I told her that I’d have everyone put their comments on his profile so she could find them easily.
I asked her what had happened and I’ll try an remember all that she said.
XXXXX was hers and Mark’s anniversary. He had been taking his pain medication and he was feeling fairly well. Jockmike2 (Mike XXXX) had been talking to Mark a few days earlier and had convinced him to take his medication, because, Mark was concerned about becoming dependent on the meds.
XXXXXX left the house for a while and Mark went out to his workshop. he completed something that he brought in and told her it was for his hand. She didn’t understand what he meant but she told him he shouldn’t have gone out.
They were planning on going out for dinner. Mark took a little nap and when he got up he told her that he didn’t feel like going out. So they planned on eating at home. Mark started to have some pain and his wife suggested that he get his nitro-glycerin tablet. He told her no, she insisted. She put the pill under his tongue.
She left him for a while and when she returned, Mark was looking up to heaven and he said, “Yes Lord, I’m ready, Please take care of my family”. He laid back and closed his eyes. His wife called 911 and they tried everything to relieve him, but nothing worked. At the autopsy they said that he had a ruptured aurora, and even if he had been on the operating room table and had another heart they didn’t think that they could have saved him.
At the funeral parlor, the funeral director said that they needed something to put in Mark’s hand to hold the Rosary. It was at that time that his wife remembered Mark’s comment about making something for his hand. She went home and got the last piece that Mark had completed in his workshop. It was placed in his hand with the Rosary.
I’ve got her address and will provide it to you if you send me a message and I’ll forward it to you so you can send her a card.
Any comments you want to make to Mark or the family, put them in his Profile so that his family will be able to find them easily.
She told me that she loved him very much, but it wasn’t until after he passed on that she became aware of how much he touched other people. She said that he made toys and gave them to children at the church. And, lots of people comments on how much he had done for them.
If anyone wants to make a donation in Mark’s name (he had told his wife that he wanted no flowers but set up a fund to help others)
Send the donation to:
Removed by request of his Wife.
She was confronted by someone representing themselves as a LumberJock, and that they were there to help.
They physically threw her to the ground and scratched her when she yelled. A neighbor came to her assistance the this person disappeared. So she doesn’t want the last name shown, her name or their son’s or city and state.
Again if you want to make comments to the family post them in his Profile
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