May 6, 1950 – Monday, March 12, 2012
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Friday, March 16, 2012
AT THE CHURCH
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Mark Mooney passed away on March 12, 2012.
Mark Paul Mooney was born on May 6, 1950 to Paul Thomas Mooney and Florence Evelyn (Welton) Mooney in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
He grew up in Maple Lake, MN, attending St. Timothy Grade School and was a member of the first class to graduate from the “new” Maple Lake High School in 1968. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Mark always had a love for horses. His first experience in the horse world started at age 5 with his pony, Rocky, which he could ride and drive – Mark even gave pony cart rides at the St. Timothy Church festivals as a youngster. His love of horses continued with riding in the Wright Saddle Club and then the Buffalo Saddle Club. But the real horse stories came from his years of chariot racing – both thoroughbreds and ponies on the track at county fairs and the pony chariots at the Buffalo Rodeo. Those were exciting times for Mark and his fellow racers as they entertained the crowds that came to watch. Through it all, Mark’s gentle nature around people was even more evident when he was with his horses or anyone else’s horse. He could make horses behave when their owners couldn’t.
Due to their mutual love for horses, Mark met and later wed Marlys Daluge on May 27, 1972. In 1976, Mark and Marlys moved to the Loretto/Greenfield area where Mark was able to continue his passion of “playing with the horses.” Mark instilled his love of horses in his four children, Marilyn, Melanie, Martin and Meghan.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Florence Mooney, and his brother-in-law, Lester Daluge.
Survived by his wife, Marlys; his children, Marilyn (Jamie) Fontaine, Melanie Mooney, Martin Mooney (Emily Beaudry), Meghan Mooney (Kyle Seiler); grandchildren, Kate, Nathan and Erin Fontaine and Mason Mooney; sister, Mary (Bob) Pribyl. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in law, Orville & Shelley Daluge, Warren & Sally Daluge, and Marilyn & Farrell Hart, many nieces and nephews and many, many friends.
Services at Salem Lutheran Church, Greenfield, MN with interment in the church cemetery. Casket bearers are Tom Bermel, Mike Berthiaume, Ron Doboszenski, Rick Reinking, Pat Walker and Tom Ward.