Mark S. Bradley, 53, of Weston, WI passed away on November 8th, 2022, at home after a short and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 16, 1969, in Jacksonville, Florida. He was loved and cared for at 6 weeks old and eventually adopted by Mildred and JB Bradley of Kissimmee, Florida. Mark went to school and lived in Kissimmee, FL until he moved to Wisconsin in 1991. It was in 1993 that he would meet the love of his life, (Mary) Sue (Sobottka) Larsen at an anniversary party in Eau Claire, WI. Mark and Sue were married in Wausau on October 26, 1996. They loved to travel and especially enjoyed their 15th and 20th anniversary trips to Hawaii. Even though COVID protocols kept them from Hawaii for their 25th anniversary, they still went on a very special trip to the Galveston, TX area and loved their time on the beach together.
Mark learned his electrician skills from his dad while growing up in Florida. Mark moved to the Wausau area in 1994, where he worked for Seliger Electric and Van Ert Electric, but eventually joined the union. He was a member in good standing with IBEW Local 388. Mark's longest and most recent years were spent working for Atlas Electric at Crystal Finishing. He was very proud of the work he did at Crystal and made many great friends among his co-workers. He was so sad the day he had to leave it all behind because of the devastating cancer diagnosis.
Mark loved hunting, fishing, golf, and travel. He also loved driving his ‘69 Nova. His greatest joy in this last year was spending time with his family and friends by the lake at the cottage up north. Anybody that knew Mark knew he enjoyed having a beer with his buddies. Also, it was a sure bet you would find him at a casino if there was one in close proximity during all of his travels.
Mark is survived by his wife of 26 years, Sue; mother, Mildred; sisters, Wanda (Jim) Lehman of St. Cloud, FL, Brenda Shirley (Geoff Blazin) of Blairsville, GA, Anna (Lance) Allison of Sebring, Fl.; children, Derek (Beth) Bradley of Exeland, WI., Amber (Rich Kupper) Bradley of Weyerhauser, WI; step-children, Jeremy (Stacey) Larsen of Weston, WI, Kristina (Adam) Rittel of McFarland, WI; grandchildren, Shianne, Waylon, Dixie, Sharona, Jack, Emma, Jourden, and Parker. Mark is also survived by his mother-in-law, Greta Sobottka of Meridean, WI; sister-in-law, Patty (Wayne) Thomson of Wausau, WI; brothers-in-law, Charlie (Patti) Sobottka of Durand, WI, and Rick (Diana) Sobottka of Colorado Springs, CO as well as many nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Mark was preceded in death by his father, his son, Lonny Bradley, brother, David Bradley, sister, Susan Jarvis, niece, Wendy Morris, and father-in-law, Herman Sobottka.
Memorial service will be held at 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Ct., Weston. Rev. Gregory Bohren will officiate. Visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. until the time of service at the funeral home. This service will be live-streamed and available for viewing at brainardfuneral.com. You may also leave messages and condolences for his family there.
In addition to the services in Weston, there will be a private service in Florida at a later date in February of 2023 for family and close friends.
Mark's family would like to thank the staff at the Aspirus Cancer Center and Hospice for the care provided to him.