Mark Wadsworth passed away peacefully at his home following a courageous battle with multiple myeloma on March 16, 2012. Mark was born on October 21, 1958, in Olivia Village, Minn., the son of Leonard and Violet (Butcher) Wadsworth.

They moved to Rochester when Mark was a young boy where he attended Kellogg Junior High School and John Marshall High School. Mark ultimately graduated from Primerton High School in New Jersey.

He entered the U.S. Army in 1982 where he served four years active duty, 14 years in the Army National Guard. He was employed by the Kahler and Sunstone Properties for 18 years. He worked part time for SL Contracting as a truck driver. Mark was employed in the Rochester Public Schools system at Lincoln K-8 Choice School as a custodial engineer until his illness.

Mark enjoyed traveling with his wife, Pam, boating, fishing and watching the Vikings. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and Buck, his dog.

Mark is survived by Pam, his wife of 13 years; a daughter, Tina Wadsworth of North Loop Neb.; a stepdaughter, Kris (John) Bontrager and a stepson, Jeff Lane, both of Rochester; five grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are two brothers, Leon Wadsworth of Rochester and Keith (Carol) Wadsworth of Philadelphia, Pa.; five sisters, Wanda (Edd) Knutson-Chilson of Chatfield, Minn., Teresa Wadsworth of Rochester, Sharon(Tom) Bury of Glendale Heights, Ill., Laurie Long of Oronco, Minn., and Lisa Wadsworth of Glendale Heights, Ill.

Mark is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Kathryn.

A funeral service for Mark was held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Burial was at Grandville Memorial Gardens.

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Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.