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Funeral Mass for Mark Bissonette Sept. 23 at St. Bernrd's
Mark Anthony Bissonette, 91, of Stewartville, died on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Mark was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Delavan to George and Loretta (Gorman) Bissonette. He graduated from Mapleton High School in 1946. In 1950, he graduated from Crosier College in Onamia, with a liberal arts degree. Mark was an Eagle Scout and an Air Scout.
Mark served in the Army as a radio repairman in the Korean War from 1952 to 1955, with active duty in Japan and Korea, returning to the United States as a Staff Sergeant at Fort Devens, Massachusettes as a radio repair instructor. For his service, Mark was awarded the Meritorious Unit Emblem, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Emblem, the Korean Service Medal, the UN Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and two Bronze Stars.
After leaving the Army, Mark started as an Air Traffic Controller in the Aviation Weather Department in Grand Island, Nebraska. While working here, he picked up his civilian pilot license.
On Sept. 20, 1958, Mark married Susan M. Molohon at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Mankato. They lived in Grand Island and Minneapolis until 1960 when they moved to Stewartville and Mark began work at the Rochester Airport. After 26 years of service with the Federal Aviation Administration, Mark retired in 1988.
Mark is survived by his wife, Susan; his sons, Nathan (Gaylene) Bissonette, Kevin Bissonette, Matt (Cheryl) Bissonette, and Dominic (Sarah) Bissonette; his daughter, Heather (Todd) Ludwig; his daughter-in-law, Ellen Bissonette; seventeen grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers, one sister, and his son Quinn Bissonette.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Burial will be in Woodland Hills Cemetery in Mankato at a later date.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.
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