Obituary: Mark James Wanek

Obituary: Mark James Wanek


Funeral Services for Mark James Wanek, 58, of Rapid City, SD will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rapid City. The Rev. Bob Jacobs will officiate.

Visitation will be Monday, December 22, 2014 from 4-7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm at Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel in Rapid City.

Mark James Wanek, 58, met the Lord on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 in the company of a few close family members, after an eleven year battle with Alzheimer’s. His passing is truly a celebration of finally being restored and united with his Savior.

Mark was born on April 14th, 1956. He grew up on a farm in Reeder, North Dakota as the youngest of five siblings to which he wrote he has “nothing but good memories [of].” He graduated from Reeder High School in 1974. He then attended college at Dickinson State and later Moorehead State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts.

On July 28th, 1984 he married Cynthia Lou Clark in Jackson, MI. Mark and Cindi then made Rapid City, SD their home. There, Mark started his career with Tri-Ad Advertising. His talents later lead him to be a graphic designer and photographer for Rapid City Regional Hospital where he worked for 20 years. Throughout his time at the hospital he earned the prestigious Addy Award, often multiple times in one year. In 1993, he took home 14 Addy Awards! He was close with those he worked with and always strived to uplift the people around him by his compassionate character and sense of humor.

Mark enjoyed anything involving the outdoors! He was an ambitious runner, completing 14 races in one year! When he wasn’t running, Mark loved to bike, play tennis, ski and hike, all of which included spending time with his family. Mark was very much a family man, always supporting the endeavors of his daughters. It was never a question of whether or not he was proud of his girls.

Another trait that was never in question was Mark’s faith. He was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian, but didn’t let his faith stop there. His faith permeated into his everyday life and those he came into contact with. He took his faith very seriously and sought to share it with others.

Mark is survived by his wife Cindi Wanek, his siblings: Clint Wanek, Alan Wanek, Donald Wanek and Betty Hanson, along with his two children Kelcy Schoenfelder and Kaitlin Klopfenstein.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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