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May 6, 1950 – Monday, March 12, 2012

Service Information
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Friday, March 16, 2012
10:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
4-8 P.M.

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.

12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Gail Mickles

    I met Mark whan he worked with me at Gear and Broach. He was a friendly wonderful person from day one. We always taked about our grandchildren and kids. I know you guys will miss him so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Gail

  2. Tedd Elliott

    My thoghts are with the whole family. Mark was a great man and will be deeply missed.

  3. Amanda Stewart

    Marlys, Marilyn, Martin, Megan and especially my Melanie. I am so very sorry for your loss. Mark was an incredible man and I am so glad I had the opportunity to know him and see him on his farm in his element. Know that this is just one chapter in our lives and you will see him again, strong and healthy. I love you all and if you need anything just call.
    Love, Manda

  4. Mary and Ed Larson

    How sad the neighborhood will be now that Mark has passed on. Many good memories and jokes have been shared. Much love to the Mooney’s and God Bless you all at this time. Mark… we will miss you!

  5. Bonnie Baker Lyrenmann

    I extend my sincere sympathy to all of the family. Mark was a super guy and a friend to all. I remember many fun days at his home in Maple Lake when I was visiting his sister, Mary Pat. He would play with us. I remember him eating mixer bowls of ice cream and never gaining a pound. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

  6. Scott Bechtold

    We are very sorry for the loss of your dad/grandpa. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Scott Bechtold & family

  7. Mary Cavanaugh

    Marlys & family:
    Remembering with you and sharing your sorrow. Rest in peace my friend, Mark Mooney. You were one fine Irishman! Your love lives on with a lasting legacy in that wonderful family of yours! Thanks for sharing them all with me!

    Love & prayers, Mary

  8. Jane Jude Decker

    I grew up across the street from Mark in Maple Lake and I remember Rocky very well. They caused quite a stir in the neighborhood when they came to town. We all wanted a pony of our own. My sister tried to convince our dad to get us one, keep it in the garage or tie it to the clothesline. It is so sad to lose such a nice, nice man. Our sympathy to his family.
    Jane & Mike Decker

  9. John & Susan Ward

    Marlys and Family: John and I are so sorry to hear that Mark has left us and gone Home to be with our Heavenly Father. I’ll always remember Mark as a very caring, kind and fun classmate. He was always joking around, smiling and making people laugh. John has also shared many stories with me about all the crazy things Mark and he did in their younger years. We share in your loss and are sorry we can’t be there with you as we are still in Mexico. Our sincere sympathies.
    John and Sue Ward

  10. Jean Martell

    Forever in our hearts, Mark’s spirit lives on. He will be deeply missed by so many! Love to all of the Mooneys.

  11. Tom & Joanie Waldron

    Sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. We will miss him a lot whenever we are around the horse barn at the state fair. Just found out late tonight so we won’t be able to be there for the funeral. He was a great guy to know, and be around when you wanted to know what to do about anything with horses. He helped me when I had questions about what to do with my daughters horse a few years back. He sure helped a lot of people. With our sympathy and prayers. Tom & Joanie Waldron

  12. Carol J Wurm

    We are saddened to hear of Mark’s death. We were neighbors to him while
    he grew up. Such a nice young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Carol & Lawrence Wurm


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