It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Martin Hilmar (Mark) Stenberg on Monday, April 11th, 2011 at the age of 77 years, after a courageous battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully at Hospice House, with his family by his side.
Mark is survived by his loving wife, Jean, to whom he was married for 51 years; his eldest son, Brett (Debbie) and their children, Chanel and Levi; and his youngest son, Clay (Sheila) and their children, Sydney and Dalton, all of Vernon, B.C. He is also lovingly remembered by his sisters, Margaret of Vancouver, B.C., Dorothy of Santa Clara, California, Carrol of Kaslo, B.C. and Shirley of Westbank, B.C.; his brother, Bob of Coquitlam, B.C. and their families. He was preceded in death by his brother, Johnny; and sisters, Nellie and Lillian.
Mark was born in Kaslo, B.C. on January 6th, 1934 and grew up in Johnson’s Landing. At the age of 14, he moved to Vancouver to join the work force. In 1953 he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Marnel, France. In 1958 Mark took a welding and heavy duty mechanic course, then joined the Department of Highways in New Denver, B.C. Mark and Jean were married in 1959. Their first son, Brett, was born in 1961, followed by Clay in 1963. Mark and Jean decided with two growing boys to feed, to change careers and bought a grocery store in New Denver in 1971. They moved to Vernon in 1974 and carried on with a grocery business in Coldstream, before moving on to work and manage Sasges Cement Products, and eventually to working at Coldstream Building Supplies. In 1991, Mark partnered with Doug Shumay to purchase the business, and after 13 years together, sold the business in 2004. His passion for the business kept him busy long into his retirement years. Mark was an outdoor enthusiast, always enjoying a great day of fishing, boating, golfing or gardening. He touched the hearts and lives of many people.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Cremation preceded a Celebration of Mark’s Life which will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at the Best Western Vernon Lodge, 3914-32nd Street. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Mark to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4.
Cremation arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5