Date of Death: October 5, 2021
If you would like to come and say “goodbye”, you are welcome to come visit at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold Street, Three Rivers, MI 49093, Monday, October 11, from 4-7 p.m. or at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 715 East Hoffman Street, Three Rivers, MI 49093 after 7 p.m. For those of you who live back in the Region, you are invited to visit Thursday, October 14, 4-7 p.m. at Hillside Funeral Home, 8941 Kleinman Road, Highland, Indiana 46322.
Mark’s gone fishin’.
He took his final trip Tuesday, October 5, after 63 years and not feeling well for a bit. He and his Bonnie or Lu (Mesman) as Mark lovingly called her showed up at Three Rivers, Michigan several years ago and made it a home. Bonnie will hang around and tend her yard and the fish. Mark and Bonnie brought two little fishermen into the world, Matthew of Highland, Indiana, and Alan who preceded Mark to the fishing hole. Mark also shared his love of fishing with granddaughter, Rylie, his “chick”. She was the joy of his life. Mark’s sister, Margie O’Brian (Rob), of Joplin, Missouri, niece, Toni, of Tallahassee, Florida, and brother Mike (Sandra), of Hammond, Indiana, are also still hanging around. There’s a bunch of nieces and nephews too along with many friends.
Before Mark got to retire and be a full-time fisherman, he and Bonnie resided in Highland, Indiana, for many years and Mark worked at Cox Enterprises Greater Chicago Auto Auction. He put in his papers there 3 1/2 years ago cause he said it was just time to get the pontoon out and do his part to keep the fish population down.
Before that, he graduated from Highland High School, Class of 1976. He then attended Ivy Tech so he could work on cars and earn some dollars for the weekend.
Mark loved fishing and the life he had built. We loved Mark. Now we just hope the fish are biting.
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Very sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I grew up in the same neighborhood as Mark on Glenwood Street. All the kids hung around together and Mark was one of the cool kids. His family had a huge oval pool in the backyard we all swam in. Mark had a waterbed in his room with a black light and all the psychedelic posters that went with it. None of us had anything like that. He was kind & funny and all us kids liked him & his family. They served hot dogs on Halloween! May Mark rest in peace and his family find comfort in happy memories.
Our sincere condolences to Marks family and friends. I remember this tough guy with a soft heart. I will always cherish those fun times on the field coach! Many many more
My heart for you Bonnie, Matt & Riley … Mark was such a great man – you are all such a great family! There’s no doubt in my mind that Mark already found Al & they are finally reunited. Prayers to all of you.
Go see your son in Heaven, Mark. Rest In Peace.
Truly cool guy, will always bring happy thoughts and smiles. Blessed to have known him
So many GREAT MEMORIES with Mark an Bonnie….especially in our Teens an Twenties! Prayers for everyone who’s life Mark Kolodziej touched!
So sorry to hear of this loss. Mark was a really good and kind guy, and was a pleasure to work with. my sincere condolences to Ms. Bonnie, and those who loved him. REST EASY MARK!!!
‘EARTH HAS NO SORROW, HEAVEN CAN’T HEAL”