Mark Richard Marineau, 65, died peacefully in his sleep at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in King, Wis., 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. Mark remained single all of his life and 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, Wis. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Ellen of Townsend, Wis. Mark is further survived by his nephews: Joshua of Middleton and Dustyn of Woodruff, Wis., 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, Calif. Mark 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 aunt, Margaret (“Margie”) Nadeau; his paternal grandparents: Raymond and Rose Marineau; and many of his other friends and family from his youth.
Mark’s funeral services will be private. Mark’s body cremated and placed in a beautiful urn emblazoned with a pair of hand-painted cardinals, his favorite birds. This urn will reside alongside his father. Along with a private service, Mark will have a military honor guard ceremony at the Wisconsin Veterans Home cemetery in King on Sept. 18, 2020, at 11 a.m.
Mark’s burial urn will be interned at the Veterans cemetery during this ceremony. A prayer will be said by Sister Martha Mafurutu, who often visited Mark in his final days.
Mark’s family would like to thank the nursing staff at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home and the staff of Heartland Hospice Services for their kindness, compassion and care they gave to him during his years and final days. They are very special people and Wisconsin’s Veterans should be proud to have them. Mark’s family would also like to thank Maple Crest Funeral and Crematory Services in King, Wisconsin for their sympathy and kindness in arranging Mark’s services. Sympathy cards can be addressed to Mark’s mother, Mary Jane Marineau, 9401 Old Sauk Road, Apt. 325, Middleton, WI, 53562.