Mark von Soosten

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Mark Alan von Soosten, 67, of Swansea, IL, born September 12, 1956, in Fort Worth, TX, died Friday, March 15, 2024, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Mark was a graduate of Lutheran High School North, St. Louis, MO. He received his undergraduate degree in education from Concordia University, Seward, NE, in 1979. Mark went on to receive his master’s in administration from Washburn University, Topeka, KS, in 1989. He served several Lutheran schools as a teacher and principal with his longest tenure of 18 years in Albuquerque, NM. Mark received the Rocky Mountain District Principal of the Year award and led several National Lutheran School Accreditation teams. Throughout Mark’s teaching career he often served as athletic director and enjoyed coaching every sport. He loved singing, listening to music, and was a participant in the choir at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL. Mark was an avid golfer, passionate reader, big history buff, and loved watching St. Louis Cardinal baseball. Mark felt blessed during his lifetime and knew that God always took care of him and never abandoned him. He looked forward to a joyous reunion with family, friends, and former students in heaven one day.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Gene von Soosten.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol, nee Pyle, von Soosten; his son, Paul (Leah Ellis) von Soosten; his mother, Helen, nee Wardrip, von Soosten; a sister, Pam (John) Werner; a sister-in-law, Paula (Gary) Schwartz; three nephews, Kyle Werner, Nicholas Werner, and Richard (Jennifer) Schwartz; and dear great-niece and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, Christ Lutheran Church and School, Albuquerque, NM, or to Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), St. Louis, MO. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Chris Spelbring and Pastor Josh Kintz officiating.


14 Comments on Mark von Soosten

Jim Holdener said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2024 at 5:26 PM

Mark was a good man and a pretty good golfer. I'm sorry for everyone's loss. Jim Holdener

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gary & Wanda Johnson said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2024 at 11:11 AM

We have wonderful memories of Mark and your family while he was serving as Principal at Trinity Lutheran School in Fort Morgan, CO. He will be greatly missed! Praying that God will confort your heart, uplift your spirit, and carry you through this time of sadness to a place of peace. Love and Hugs and Prayers, Gary & Wanda

  • CO
Kevin and Jayne Villani said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2024 at 7:46 AM

Sending prayers and condolences to Mark's family. We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you often during this difficult time.

  • Columbia
  • New Jersey
Susan (Werner) Parise said : Guest Report Mar 24, 2024 at 4:22 PM

My husband, Chip, and I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Mark’s entire family. We are especially close to his sister, Pam, his mother, Helen, my brother John and two nephews, Kyle, and Nicholas. Our love and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Archbald
  • PA
Judy Lessmann said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 2:31 PM

Carol, I was so sorry to hear about Mark's death. I pray that God will envelop you in His loving arms and bring you peace.

  • Scottsboro
  • Alabama
Kenneth and Martha Palmreuter said : Guest Report Mar 22, 2024 at 11:30 AM

We enjoyed knowing Mark and Carol while serving with Mark in the Rocky Mountain District together. Mark was a dedicated fellow administrator and served his Lord in Lutheran schools for many years. Your witness, Carol, is a strong testimony of your faith and trust in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting in heaven. God bless you and give you His peace.

  • Rapid City
  • SD
Kathy Brandt said : Guest Report Mar 22, 2024 at 9:05 AM

My sincere sympathy to the family. May God's love embrace you all and bring you comfort and peace.

  • Ada
  • Minnesota
Denise WIlliamee and Family said : Guest Report Mar 22, 2024 at 4:51 AM

Prayers for comfort and condolences to you all in this difficult time.

  • Sullivan
  • IL
David & Julie Hatesohl said : Guest Report Mar 21, 2024 at 10:36 PM

Sending prayers of comfort to the entire family at this time.

  • Manhattan
  • Kansas
MaryBeth Heikkinen said : Guest Report Mar 21, 2024 at 8:58 PM

I am so so sorry for your loss! Prayers for comfort and peace!

  • Vassar
  • Michigan
Debbie, David & Ron Grimm said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2024 at 4:28 PM

Our most heartfelt condolences to you and your extended family. You are in our prayers for strength, comfort & His loving embrace in the days and weeks ahead.🙏

  • Pittsburgh
  • PA
Skip Uhl said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2024 at 10:31 AM

I met Mark through T & T golf. He was a great guy and always a fun playing partner. He will be sadly missed. My sympathies to all of his family at this difficult time. May God Bless and comfort you. Skip Uhl

  • Belleville
  • IL
Michael Naylor said : Guest Report Mar 19, 2024 at 11:21 PM

I always looked forward to playing golf with Mark in our T&T group. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to the family. I pray that all of your wonderful memories hold you close and give you comfort at this difficult time.

  • IL
Peter McKenzie said : Guest Report Mar 19, 2024 at 5:14 PM

Mark was a friend from the T and T golf group. I send my sincere condolences, he will be missed.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL

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