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Mark Wielde, 74, of Forest Lake, MN was a man of integrity, kindness, and a stunning dry wit. He was a humble man who preferred McDonalds to fancy restaurants, his house to grand hotels, and his family to anything else. He was a man you could depend on to make sure he was doing everything the right way, measuring four times before cutting once.
Mark graduated from Johnson High School in St. Paul. He attended the University of Minnesota and married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen, the love of his life. They were blessed to have 53 beautiful years together.
He found happiness and peace in the small moments; sitting on his dock, watching sunsets with his dogs by his side. One of his greatest joys was spending time with Kathy and his children and grandchildren. Mark loved sailing, traveling and had a great deal of patience for teaching beginners how to waterski.
Mark went to meet God on June 27 at home cradled in the arms of his wife. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, John and Leona Wielde. He will be deeply and profoundly missed by those who knew and loved him including his beloved wife, Kathleen; daughters, Heather (Thomas) Karls, Beth (Derek) Heidelberg; grandchildren, Tristan, Ethan, Joseph, Eleanor, Eric, Camilla; siblings, Jack Wielde, Anne (Greg) Johnson; sisters-in-law, Margie (Ron) Kuchenmeister, Debra (Glen) Grube, Wendy (Randy) Peterfeso, Sue (Dan) Hefta; mother-in-law, Evelyn Leier; nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Private Family Services will be held.
To recognize his lifelong love of animals, memorials are preferred to Mark's favorite charities, Northwoods Humane Society, or to RAGOM, a golden retriever rescue group.
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