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Mark J. Kukulka

January 14, 1962 — June 12, 2023

Auburndale

 

Mark John Kukulka left us to be with Jesus, On 6/12/2023. He had been fighting the good fight against pancreatic cancer.  He will be missed! How we would have loved more time with him. Yet, we are so glad that he is in the arms of Jesus. It is only the beginning of eternity, in his forever home.  Our hearts are filled with peace in God's promise; and Mark himself shared that incredible faith with many of you.  

Mark is survived and missed by his loving wife, Susan. August 26th would mark 34 years of marriage. The years flew by; and they lived many happy moments together. They became parents to four amazing children. They are Ciara (married to John Bauer), Arielle (married to Tim Koerber), Josiah (married to Caterina), and Isaac. 

His memory will also live on in his grandchildren, Graham, Gianna, Brett, Beckham (Ciara & John's) ...and his namesake, Mark, which we call MJ (Arielle & Tim's). He also leaves behind nieces and nephews, who loved him dearly.  He loved being a grandpa! 
Mark was born and raised in Wausau, Wisconsin to John Kukulka, and his mom, Betty, who predeceased him.  He grew up with his siblings Mike and Marla.  Mark was the oldest of the three. Within their home, they also shared their love with foster siblings.  It is what would open Mark's heart to foreign exchange students, when Susan came home to explore the opportunity with him.  

Mark had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He often spent his spare time researching topics of interest or reading books. He really enjoyed his trips to the Boundary Waters and being in the great outdoors. Recently he purchased a small place up north, which he and his wife have been renovating. They named it Fairy Light Pines. It holds many good memories, as this was a home away from home, for his dad and mom for a number of years. 

Mark was never scared to take on new opportunities and did everything with honesty and integrity. He served 22 years in the military and retired as a Captain. He volunteered at church, in schools, for the Boy Scouts, Junior Achievement, and much more. He had extraordinarily strong values and was well liked by everyone, mostly due to his positive energy, as well as his love for the Lord. Mark had incredible knowledge, and always used this to help others. He knew blessing others, was just as much of a blessing in return. His legacy will continue forever, reminding us that the choices we make can leave lasting marks in the lives and hearts of others. Mark's life will always remind us why we it is a blessing to choose to live a life of meaningful acts of love and service, like Christ modeled for us.  He helped make the world a better place. 

Visitation will be on Thursday, June 22nd from 5 - 7 PM at Brainard Funeral Home in Weston. Visitation will continue on Friday, June 23rd from 10 AM - 11 AM at Cornerstone Church in Marshfield with service to follow at 11AM. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Kronenwetter. 

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Thursday, June 22, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center- Everest Chapel

5712 Memorial Court, Weston, WI 54476

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Visitation

Friday, June 23, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Friday, June 23, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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Graveside Service

Friday, June 23, 2023

2:30 - 3:30 pm (Central time)

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