Mark P. Wendling, age 65, found eternal peace with his Lord and Savior on January 1, 2018.
Born in Oak Park, IL, on October 27, 1952 to the late William and Ruth Wendling, Mark graduated high school from Walther Christian Academy in Melrose Park, IL, where he was a talented wrestler and first chair trombone player. He then went on to earn his Bachelors at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.
Mark had a very successful career in Sales and Marketing working for AC Nielsen, Proctor & Gamble, Jos. Schlitz Brewing, Stroh Brewery Co. and Coors Brewing Co. His career located him to many places including Springfield, IL, Nashville, TN, Montgomery, AL, Los Angeles, CA, and San Francisco, CA. Mark retired in 2002 to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico until returning to Chicago in 2011. In 2015 he moved to Cary, NC, to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren.
A great passion of his since childhood, Mark filled his life with music and inspired others to have the same appreciation. His musical tastes varied from roots-rock, jazz, to blues-rock, and could pick out the most subtle nuances of complex compositions.
Mark loved sports and was especially passionate about golf, NASCAR and college football. Having lived in the state, he became a lifelong Alabama football fan, and wholeheartedly supported the Crimson Tide. Roll Tide!
Although he had a serious disposition, Mark’s affable nature and contagious booming laugh immediately drew people in. He was an intelligent and wonderful storyteller, and loved to share his extensive knowledge of sports or American history with any listening ear.
He is survived by his children, Kristin Beyer (Ryan), T. Matthew Wendling (Samantha), and his grandchildren Grant Beyer, Luke Beyer, Smith Wendling, Grace Beyer, and Miles Wendling; his brother Father Vladimir William Wendling, and sisters Rebecca Sanvi (James), and Judith Broggi (Daniel); as well as many other special family members and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, January 19th from 5:00-7:00 pm at Bormann Funeral Home in Melrose Park. Funeral services will follow on Saturday, January 20th, at 10:30 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Melrose Park, with his burial to follow at Concordia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, 90 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (www.bbrfoundation.org ), or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022 (www.bcrf.org ).
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