OREGON / BROOKLYN—Mark Allen Riese, age 60, passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Oct. 19, 1957, in Madison, the son of Allen and Virginia (Denton) Riese.
Mark graduated from Oregon High School in 1976. He attended UW-La Crosse, then completed his education at UW-Madison, where he received his degree in political science. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and friends. Mark was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Green Bay Packers. He was also a huge basketball fan and enjoyed playing, watching and coaching the sport for many years. Mark had a great passion for grain farming and was very active in the local farming community for many years. He also loved his work as a real estate agent for First Weber Realty.
Mark is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Janeen; and their children, Tayler (Janice Lewis) and their son, Jaxon; Brent (Kristi) and their children, Charlotte, Louie and Moe; and daughter, Heidi (Luke Volden) and their expectant child in April 2018. He is also survived by his loving parents, Allen and Virginia Riese; mother-in-law, Lavonne (Boots) Freidig; sisters, Laurie (Russ) Bentley and Lynette (Steve) Palmer; many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends; and his best friend of many years, Roger (Kay) Utzig.
A Mass to celebrate his life will be held at HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 651 N. Main St., Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, with Father Gary Wankerl presiding. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 1150 Park St., Oregon, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, and at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Friday.
Mark was a special man, he has touched many lives and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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