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Weiss, Mark Joseph

GREEN VALLEY, ARIZ. - Mark Joseph Weiss, age 68, died on Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, in a Tucson, Ariz., hospice, of emphysema. In 1995 he underwent a lung reduction at University Hospital, Madison, to ease his advancing emphysema. This surgery gave him seven years of health, happiness, love and golf. Mark was born on Dec. 21, 1933, the son of Elizabeth and Joseph Weiss of Aurora, Ill. He received his high school and college education at Pontifical College of Josephimum, Columbus, Ohio, and his master's degree in education administration at Loyola University, Chicago, Ill. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest, serving parishes in northern Illinois from 1959 to 1969. Coming to Madison in 1969, he was employed as a guidance counselor at Memorial High School. Mark became an assistant principal from 1973 to 1994 at Memorial High School, at which time ill health forced him to leave the profession and students he so dearly loved. Each December Mark looked forward to his Madison golfing buddies coming to his home in Green Valley, Ariz., for a week of golf and fellowship. He just celebrated his 24 blessed years of recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. On Dec. 27, 1997, Mark married Susan Lerdahl Spilde at Trinity Lutheran Church, Madison. They are grateful for the five wonderful, loving years they shared with family and friends at their homes in Madison and Green Valley. How he loved the clear view of the mountains from his Arizona home. Mark is survived by his very loving wife, Susan; his two devoted sons, Steven Weiss and his wife, Lainie Perlman, of Washington, D.C., and Peter Weiss and his special friend, Holly Brisco, of Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Sister Donna Weiss of Campbellsport; three step-children, James Spilde of San Diego, Calif., Richard (Janelle) Spilde and step-granddaughter, Amy, of Madison, and Karen Spilde of Sturgeon Bay and step-grandson, Cory Vanover; a sister-in-law, Jean Weiss of Aurora, Ill., and her children; his brothers-in-law, Thomas Lerdahl (Cindy) of Woodruff, and David Lerdahl of Madison; a sister-in-law, Mary (Edward) Pryzina of Woodruff; a large extended family by his marriage to Susan; his former wife, Nancy Zimmers of Miami, Fla.; and his many, many friends. His brother, Leon Weiss; and parents preceded him in death. We are sure going to miss you, Mark. Your love, kindness; humor and honesty will always be with us; so many happy memories. A "Gathering" in Mark's honor will be held in January in Madison. The time and place will be announced at a later date.


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