Mark Landowski Obituary (1933 – 2022) – Jefferson, Wisconsin

Jefferson, WI – MARK RAYMOND LANDOWSKI, 88, died January 15, 2022 at Jefferson Memory Care. Mark was born on June 9, 1933, near Grafton, North Dakota, son of the late Anton and Florence (Beischel) Landowski. Mark’s father, Anton, died when Mark was only 11 1/2 months old, so in January 1936 Mark’s mother moved the family to her hometown of Jefferson, Wisconsin, where the Beischels had lived since 1848. While attending high school in Jefferson, Mark met Shirley M. Tessman, the love of his life, whom he married on February 14, 1953, in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Growing up, Mark attended elementary schools in Johnson Creek and Madison, WI. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1951. Early in his career, he worked for the Jefferson County Highway Department, Moe Brothers, and Klug and Sons Construction. He then owned and operated Mark Landowski Drywall from 1956 until his retirement in 1995. In the mid-1980s, he and Shirley also owned and operated Stuff n’ Such, an antique store in Jefferson.

Family was everything to Mark. He enjoyed family vacations in the Kingswood station wagon, Sunday morning car rides with Shirley, summer croquet on the lawn with his children and grandchildren, large family gatherings during the holiday season, and hunting with his brothers, cousins ​​and son. Mark also loved classic cars, antiques, and country western music. He loved playing his harmonica at home, on trips with Shirley, at hunting camp, and for the Jefferson Memory Care staff. Mark had a soft spot for animals, especially feral cats, and loved watching the annual WIAA basketball tournaments.

Mark was a talented trader and loved to build things. In 1986, he helped his son, Tom, and cousin, Joe Landowski, build a beautiful cabin in the Northwoods near City Point, WI, where family and friends still gather to hunt, relax, and have fun.

Mark is survived by his wife Shirley of Fort Atkinson, son Thomas (Carla) Landowski of Appleton, daughters, Teresa Landowski of Fort Atkinson, Karen (David) Yerges of Imbler, OR, Jane (John) Truckenbrod of Wayzata, MN and Mary Jane Landowski of Appleton; nine grandchildren, Heather (Jamie) Gadberry of Fort Atkinson, Lauren (Jason) Penn of Roswell, NM, Mark (Shayla) Yerges of La Grande, OR, Clare (Jack Barnes) Truckenbrod of Deephaven, MN, Grace Truckenbrod of Wayzata, Truman (Lauren) Landowski of Greendale, NinaLandowski of Appleton, Sophie Plzak of Madison and Zoe Plzak of Appleton; and four great-grandchildren, James, Kjersti and Laila Gadberry of Fort Atkinson, and Tinsley Landowski of Greendale. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Betty Shannon of West Bend and brother-in-law Dewey Latsch of Lake Mills, as well as many cousins.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law Larry Yerges, two sisters, Mary Elgas and Ruth Nelson, four brothers, Howard, Stafford, Maynard, Jeremiah, and parents-in-law Paul and Florence Tessman.

Mass of Christian Funeral will be held at noon on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jefferson, under the direction of Rev. Thomas Coyle. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Fort Atkinson. Visitation will take place immediately prior to burial at the church on Tuesdays from 10am to the time of mass. Memorials in Mark’s name may be addressed to the Humane Society of Jefferson County.

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Published by Daily Jefferson County Union from January 25 to 26, 2022.

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