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Dr. Mark T. Oâ€™Meara, 94, of La Crosse, died on Wed. December 5, 2012 peacefully at home after a short illness. He was born June 23, 1918 in West Bend, WI one of six children to Joseph and Caroline (Thoma) Oâ€™Meara. After Graduating from West Bend High School, Mark attended Marquette University and Marquette Medical School. He then enlisted as a medical officer in the US Navy and served in the South Pacific on an LST during WWII . He then completed his surgical residency at Milwaukee County Hospital.
In 1948 he married Mary Elizabeth King and moved to La Crosse where they shared 62 years of marriage, raised seven children and made many dear friends. Marks successful career as surgeon began at Grandview Hospital and then founding partner at Skemp-Grandview Clinic. Mark also served on the state medical examining board and practiced surgery with kindness and compassion until the age of 68, he then continued to practice occupational medicine finally retiring at age 72.
Mark was an active member of many organizations. He was a lifetime member of La Crosse County Club with golf being his favorite pastime along with contract bridge, bowling, and extensive travel with Bob and Fran Skemp. Mark took pride and joy in his children and never missed a chance to spend time with family.
Mark was a devout Catholic and found strength in his faith. He was a loyal husband, trusted physician, loving father and grandpa and friend to many. He will be dearly missed.
Survived by seven children, John (Denise), Mark Jr.(Kris Koenig), beloved caregiver Margaret, Dan, Mary Pat(Mark McKeown), Jane(Peter Greenheck), and Joe(Colleen). Sixteen grandchildren Eileen, Caitlin(Jake Marquardt), Leslie and Neal Oâ€™Meara; Caroline, Grace, Genevieve and Timothy Oâ€™Meara; Tom, Jamie (Nazli) and Dan Oâ€™Meara Jr.; Elizabeth, Danny, Caroline and John Greenheck, Linirose Mc Keown. Mark was preceeded in death by parents, siblings ,his wife Mary in 2010, and daughter-in-law Besty.
A Funeral Mass will be held Monday Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 130 Losey Blvd. South, Rev. David Olson will officiate. Entombment with military honors will follow at the Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. Family and friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Memorials are preferred to Blessed Sacrament Church or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.blaschkeschneider.com
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