Mark lived in Freeburg most of his life and attended Freeburg Grade School. He was a 1997 graduate of Freeburg Community High School. In his younger years, Mark played football and soccer in high school. After graduation he went to work in the construction industry as a roof, plasterer, sheet metal worker, and other home remodeling trades. He was very mechanically inclined and loved to work on motorcycles as well as ride them. Mark enjoyed hunting, fishing for the big catfish and hanging out with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his older brother, Bruce Kevin Marhanka who died in 1981; his grandparents, Hugo and Cecelia, nee Schmierbach, Rohr and Fred and Florence, nee Watson, Marhanka.
Surviving are his parents, Frank and Kathleen, nee Rohr, Marhanka;
two brothers, Edward (Michelle) Marhanka,
and Jeffrey (Kristine) Marhanka;
three nephews, Nick, Travis, and Trent;
one niece, Taylor;
and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Mark was a loving son, brother and uncle who had a beautiful smile, a huge heart and would help out any friend or family member without question. Mark’s family and friends tried on numerous occasions to get him the help he needed to live a healthy and happy life. He will never be forgotten and hopefully, his death, by talking about an addiction, will save the life of another.
Memorials may be made to the Freeburg Food & Clothing Bank or to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.
Funeral: A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Earl Crecelius officiating.
Private burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.
Prayers to Mark’s family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will never forget Mark’s smile and can hear his laugh even now in my memories of better times with him.
Kami Luter, Swansea, IL, 62226
I’m very sorry for your loss I graduated with Mark …now he’s an angel…
Amanda Huffman, Freeburg , IL, 62243
Frank and Kathy we are so sorry for your lost. Mark will be missed by a lot of family and friends.
Barbara Carr- Reuter, Mascoutah, IL, 62258
I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Virginia Parker, New Athens, IL,
Please accept my condolences, Frank and Kathy, on the passing of your son Mark. May the Lord give you peace and comfort at this difficult time. You are in my prayers. Sandy Snyder, class of 1963 BTHS (maiden name Sandy Virgin)
Sandy Snyder, O’Fallon, MO, 63368