SPEHAR, Mark R.  Age 50.  Beloved son of Noreen and the late Richard.  Father of Crista, Julie, and Mark.  Brother of Scott (Debbie) and Todd (Theresa).  Uncle of many.  30 year member of Local 1871.

PLEASE MEET THE FAMILY AT CHURCH for the  Mass of Christian Burial,  Friday, March 27 at 10:00  a.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.  Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. 

2-4 and 6-8 p.m. 

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  1. Rob on March 25th, 2009 6:52 am

    I am sorry for your loss. Mark had a heart of gold, and he will be missed. To see a gleem in his eye all you had to do was ask how his three children were doing and he was quick to whip out pictures and he would go on and on.

    Thank you for sharing his life with others.

  2. Pat Mitchell on March 25th, 2009 7:08 am

    To the Spehar children,

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, and know that you have many around you who love you and care about you.

    The Mitchell Family

    ( Pat, Nicole, Joshua, Justin )

  3. Alice Smith on March 25th, 2009 7:12 am

    I am so very sory for your loss. Mark and I were friends for nearly a decade. He was a good man with a great heart. He will be greatly missed. May God give you the strength you need to get through this.


  4. Ray Bryant on March 25th, 2009 7:21 am

    My sincere condolences. I always liked and admired Mark. He was a good person,a good man. He always spoke of his children,he loved them very much.
    God’s blessings,

  5. John Clark & Family on March 25th, 2009 8:00 am

    Please accept our heart felt condolences. May God keep you, and hold you in the palm of his hand during this difficult time.

  6. Christopher Poling on March 25th, 2009 8:17 am

    Mark was my first AA sponsor, from 1996 until 2003, when he unfortunately relapsed. Even after that, Mark continued to be a source of inspiration and friendship throughout the years as I would see him at meetings from time to time. In short, Mark was very important to me both in recovery and through his friendship. He is one of the many people who helped save my life, and for that I will be forever grateful. Mark will be sorely missed by the many friends he has left behind. The thoughts and prayers of both myself and my family are with the Spehar family and all of Mark’s loved ones at this time.

    Chris Poling

  7. Kyle Kiffer on March 25th, 2009 9:00 am

    To the Spehar family,

    I have unfortunately experienced the sudden loss of a father and have seen the ripple effect it has caused in my family. Just know that there are others that have experienced the same horrible tragedy, use them! Please know that I am praying for you guys in this horrible time.


    Kyle Kiffer

  8. Shannon Chrise on March 25th, 2009 10:54 am

    May many thoughts and prayers be with the family. I worked with Mark for 9 years and loved every minute of it. He had so many crazy stories that it was hard to believe, but being that it was coming from Mark, we all believed them. He was always making us laugh. He will be greatly missed. Mark was also always talking about his wonderful children. You all made him a very proud dad !!

  9. Ben & Virginia Hyvarinen on March 25th, 2009 11:13 am

    A long time ago there was a young man started as a apprentice Mill Wright, I had Mark as a young man, at that time .He made a good fit . I hope he carried on as the young man I knew. He and his brothers and father made for a good team to work with and for. I hope he enjoyed this short time here with us.
    Ben Hyvarinen

  10. SPUDD on March 25th, 2009 11:35 am

    My heart goes out to the family and loved ones all that have been touched by this great man. I will miss seeing you cooking for the big West Side picnic. ONE MORE RIDE BROTHER.

  11. Jim Nowak on March 25th, 2009 12:20 pm

    Mark’s comments at AA meetings will be missed. Sometimes he was serious and other times he just said something that everyone had to think about and then laugh at.
    I did not know Mark well but always liked his positive attitude.
    Mark’s loss will remind me just how deadly a disease alcoholism is.

    Jim N.

  12. Hunter Adams on March 25th, 2009 12:50 pm

    I have known Mark for the better part of almost 4 years. MArk at first did not like me in the very least, yet through our dissaggreement we became good, close friends. He spent alot of time at Mine and Eric’s Computer Store. Her always camped with us at Cook Forest. We talked alot and did many things together. He was an important part of a close knit group of good friends thats care a great deal about one another. He had a good soul and would always go the extra mile and always willing to help anyone, whether he knew them or not. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and Sarah.
    Peace Bro, I will see you again at the great meeting in the sky. Keep the coffee warm. We love you!!!!

  13. Kim & Brad Hanna on March 25th, 2009 1:12 pm

    To the Spehar Family,

    Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of Mark. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you always.

    Kim & Brad Hanna

  14. PJ on March 25th, 2009 2:20 pm

    Dear Spehar Family, Our family is terribly saddened by Mark’s passing. He was always one to share a smile or a tear with anyone who needed it. I am certain that many, too many to comprehend, have been touched by his laugh, his forever childlike personality and his sincere desire to help someone else. I will keep in my heart the good times shared and may God be ever present for you during this time of grief.

  15. Miranda on March 25th, 2009 3:49 pm

    Mark I love you. I am only sorry I didn’t tell you. Your ears and heart were larger than life, and I am deeply grateful for what you did for me and that I got a chance to know you.

  16. Crystal Bill on March 25th, 2009 6:40 pm

    I would like to say I’am sorry for the loss of Mark. I saw him around the AA meetings at the Saharid Club. He always had a up beat attitude and a great smile.He always talked about the love for his family and what they had to go through with him. May God Bless HisFamily as they go through this difficult time. I lost my mom to an addiction and almost myself it is a powerful thing. Know that Mark loved you dearly.

  17. SHANNON DEJARNETTE on March 26th, 2009 12:15 am

    To the Family: I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers during this hard time. God Bless You.

    It was an honor to know you, to learn from you. You made a difference in many lives., my own included. Thank you. You are missed by many.

  18. John Bejcek, Joe Bejcek Jr., Mike Bejcek on March 26th, 2009 8:15 am

    To the children left behind….
    (These words were given to me when my father passed)

    I always took for granted,
    what I thought I’d never lose.
    Because I never thought it would happen,
    until I heard the dreaded news.

    They say you were chosen for his garden,
    His preciously hand picked bouquet.
    “God really needed him,
    That’s why he couldn’t stay

    Saying goodbye is never easy,
    It’s the hardest thing to do.
    But what hurts me even more
    Is not the chance to say it to you.

    So today, Jesus, as you are listening
    in your home above;
    Would you go and find my dad,
    And give him all my love

  19. Bruce & Melissa LaForce on March 26th, 2009 8:16 am

    We are deeply sorry for the loss of Mark. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones. We know there are many. He will be missed. Mark always had a smile no matter what might have been going on. We will miss him.

  20. Tammy Kitko on March 26th, 2009 8:16 am

    Scott and Debbie-
    So sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. May God grant your family peace. Tammy and family

  21. Thomas Dedo on March 26th, 2009 9:28 am

    Mark will be missed,sorry for your loss.You and your family will be in our prayers.

  22. Sue Marolt on March 26th, 2009 11:24 am

    Crista, Julie, and Mark,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. No matter what the circumstances, losing a parent is difficult. You’re in my prayers.

    Mrs. Marolt

  23. Rebekah Jones on March 26th, 2009 11:42 am

    Dear Spehar Family,
    I am so sorry to have read of the passing of Mark I cant even begin to know what you are going through at this time. Something that may bring your family comfort is what the passages at John 5:28,29 And Psalm 37:10,11,29 say. These verses talk about how God is going to bring about a resurrection and how he is going to get rid of all wicked evil people so that all those good in his eyes can have a chance of living forever in paradise. I really hope this brings your family comfort.

    Rebekah Jones.

  24. Edward & Barbara Spehar on March 26th, 2009 11:51 am

    Our hearts go out to the entire family at this difficult time,please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.May Mark find peace in the arms of God, and may he always watch over you.
    With our Deepest Sympathy,
    Eddie &Barb Spehar

  25. The Zawadzki Family on March 26th, 2009 12:20 pm

    Crista, Julie, and Mark:

    We were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please know that our hearts go out to each of you in sincere sympathy. From the comments indicated, your Dad was immensely proud of all three of you…and with good reason. I’m sure that he will be watching over you from above.

    We love you, and will keep all of you in prayer.

    Dan, Nancy, Danielle, and Christina Zawadzki

  26. Coach Gretchen Ludwick on March 26th, 2009 1:46 pm

    From your cheer family at St. Edward, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Peace to you all.

    Coach Ludwick

  27. Bob & Darcie Drake on March 26th, 2009 4:30 pm

    We are so sorry for the untimely loss of your son, brother, cousin, nephew, and whatever description he was to other members of your family. Please know that we are greiving with you and that you are in our thoughts as you go through this difficult time. Your family has always welcomed us just like family, and for that we are grateful. Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss.

  28. Mrs. Lynn Zanath on March 26th, 2009 5:56 pm

    Crista, Julie, and Mark,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I am sorry for the loss of your father. May God’s love and your faith get you through this difficult time.

  29. Marlene Delaney Garrett on March 28th, 2009 10:52 am

    I did not know your father well, however when I did see him he always was smiling. My prayers and thoughts are with you through this terrible time.

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