Mark Andrew Pelan

Mark Andrew Pelan

October 11, 1971 – January 16, 2019

Mark is survived by his wife, Katie Pelan; children: Connor, Claire, Kyle, Mary Kate, and Abby; parents, Carol and Ken Pelan; sister, Ann Veine (Patrick); mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jean and Ted Crouchley; sisters-in-law, Kristin Burke (Mike) and Beth Boone (Charlie); nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Mark was born in Omaha, Nebraska.  He graduated from Burke High School in 1990 and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Hastings College in 1994.  He earned his Master’s degree in School Administration from UNO in 1998 while he was teaching 5th grade at Washington Elementary.  Mark then worked for MSI Systems Integration from 2000-11, IBM from 2011-12, and was currently employed with Sirius Computer Solutions as a Client Executive.

Mark was a former Grand Knight of the St. Wenceslaus Council of the Knights of Columbus. He was a 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus.  Mark treasured his two weekly bible study groups as well as his monthly music club!  Mark and his wife Katie were always the first to offer their time and talents at St. Wenceslaus Parish, Mount Michael High School, Marian High School, and throughout the community.

Mark was an outgoing friend to all.  He was a loyal son and brother, faithful husband and father, and devout lover of the Lord.  Mark enjoyed people, music and movies. He enjoyed attending concerts with his children and appreciated all kinds of music. He was a die-hard Creighton basketball fan and an adoptive father to many players.  Mark was a regular fixture at the JCC where he loved swimming and pursuing his dedication towards health and fitness.  Mark made everyone he came in contact with feel like a friend and welcomed them into his home.  Mark lived his life well, serving his Lord, family and all those around him.  His contagious presence will be missed in his home, church, work and community.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 20th from 1:30pm to 5 pm at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15355 Pacific, with Vigil Service at 3pm.  Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, January 21st at 10:30 am, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, with visitation beginning at 9 am.  Private family interment, Resurrection Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pelan Children Education Fund.



  • Jenn Tompkins Kirshenbaum Posted January 17, 2019 5:32 pm

    I am so sorry, Katie and family!!! I can’t stop thinking of you. I can’t believe he is gone. Mark is the nicest guy. Always friendly, always smiling with a great sense of humor. I just can’t believe it.

  • Jane hutfles Posted January 17, 2019 8:35 pm

    We are members of St Wenceslaus since the beginning. Watching your beautiful family grow up from babies, has been a joy. Mark always had a smile on his face, greeted all warmly, whether he new us or jot. Many prayers for your family. Bill and Jane Hutfles

  • Donna Bever Posted January 18, 2019 8:16 am

    Katie, I worked with Mark. I never had the pleasure of meeting his family but I heard about them often. Mark was always kind even when things weren’t going the way they were supposed to. I was always happy when I got to “touch base” with him. He is gone much to soon but I am sure there would never have been a good time to lose a super nice person like Mark. I am sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

  • Eric Steinke Posted January 18, 2019 8:25 am

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. He and I worked together at Sirius. Each and every time I spoke with Mark he was the kindest person and always brought a smile to my face. I am so very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many.

  • Katrice Gresham Posted January 18, 2019 8:31 am

    Mark will truly be missed. I was a co worker and he was a wonderful asset to the Sirius Family. Prayers to the Pelan Family. May God bathe you in his eternal light of healing.

  • Wes Richert Posted January 18, 2019 8:32 am

    Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Ty Hovet Posted January 18, 2019 9:14 am

    Katie – I was totally knocked for a loop hearing this news. Mark and I worked together at Sirius. He was always the most positive, God- fearing, family man I have ever met. He had a great sense of humor and we would tease each other constantly when we were together. We all knew it was all about family first for Mark. He loved you all dearly. I continue to scratch my head on WHY he is no longer with us but only God knows. My deepest condolences and prayers going out for your family….

  • Joel Knudson Posted January 18, 2019 9:18 am

    I always considered him one of my best work friends. As I have shared memories with others who knew him, I realize that everyone considered him one of their best friends. We will miss you my friend and I offer prayers to your family. God Bless!

  • Jemal Caldwell Posted January 18, 2019 9:24 am

    Prayers to the Pelan Family, Mark was one of the good men in the world. He will be missed.

  • Kristin Rauscher Crone Posted January 18, 2019 9:40 am

    So saddened to hear about Mark. He was always smiling and always nice. I have only the kindest thoughts and good memories for him. Sending prayers and peace to you and your family.

  • michaela lamson Posted January 18, 2019 9:46 am

    Katie, my deepest, deepest sympathy to you and your family! There are no words to console you and nothing one can do to ease your pain but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Tina Sanchez Posted January 18, 2019 9:54 am

    Pelan Family, I, too, worked with Mark, for several years I was his inside support person. We would talk daily about our kids and all that was going on their lives. He is so proud of all them. could hear it in his voice, the love he has for them. He is 100% ONE of THE most genuine and sincerest person I have ever had the pleasure to meet in my life. My heart hurts for you all, God Bless and I will keep you in my daily prayers.

  • Patrick Mejstrik Posted January 18, 2019 9:56 am

    Ours hearts are definitely heavy and saddened today. God didn’t make them much better than Mark. Kind and compassionate, and a great family man and friend. Heaven has a great addition. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pelan family. Patrick and Teresa Mejstrik

  • Emilie M Marek Posted January 18, 2019 12:55 pm

    Katie and family my prayers – May God and your family and friends help you at this time, God Bless all of you

  • Jean Hirner Posted January 18, 2019 1:34 pm

    Our dearest Katie, kids, and family. There are no wor to express our sadness. Mark has been a kind, gentleman and father, and husband. We have nothing but admiration for him. Jenni will get here tomorrow. We will see you then.

  • Phyllis o’Brien Posted January 18, 2019 1:38 pm

    I was so sorry to read such sad news. I knew Mark as a youngster at Masters School. Even then he was a kind and empathetic person. I last saw him at a meeting I was chairing for new teachers. I am sure he was successful at whatever endeavor he chose.
    He will be in my prayers.

  • Jenna M. Posted January 18, 2019 1:42 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort provide your family with strength during this very difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  • Sean Smith Posted January 18, 2019 2:50 pm

    I was stunned to learn of Mark’s passing. He was a fantastic person and a pleasure to do business with. May you find comfort and peace in the love of family, friends and blessings of the lord.

  • Angela Athy Posted January 18, 2019 4:00 pm

    It’s Angela Sherman, married to Jeff Athy, friends from Hastings College. We are thinking of you and your kids and entire family. The loss is shocking and we are so sorry. Everything I read here is so true—Mark will be remembered as so fun, friendly and happy.

  • Tim & Rebecca Silke & Family Posted January 18, 2019 4:13 pm

    Katie & Family… our deepest sympathies and prayers to you and all the family. I have known Mark for many years thru work and Church. He was a good, honest, Religious Man and respectful to all. He will be missed by many and surely is in a much better place now.

  • Doran Green-Pearce Posted January 18, 2019 4:39 pm

    Where to begin….your family knows how beautiful of a person Mark was…his smile, his kind demeanor, his sense of family and God….truly, truly one of a kind. Mark was a co-worker that never demanded of anything and was always kind and appreciative for anything and everything anyone did for him. I hope that your memories will help you during this most difficult time. God really gained a wonderful angel! Bless all of you and know that Mark will always remain with you. He will be truly missed by us here at work!

  • KAY MCCANN Posted January 18, 2019 7:04 pm

    Katie, I only knew you and Mark from meeting you at Skutt Catholic basketball games. I thought what a great couple to come and watch their friends team play. When my daughter notified me of Marks death I felt we had lost a friend. God Bless you and your family and hold you in his loving arms. You are in my prayers.

  • Clarice A Krepela Posted January 18, 2019 9:27 pm

    Dear Katie and your family, Carol and Ken, and Ann, We have had the blessing of knowing Mark even before he met you, Katie, and know what a wonderful young man he was through knowing him at Calvary. He touched so many lives in positive ways in his all too short life. We know that you all have very special memories of him that will bring comfort in the days ahead. May the Lord send you comfort and peace in the coming days. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Gene and Clarice Krepela and Family

  • Bob Lykke Posted January 18, 2019 10:27 pm

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I supervised Mark when he was enrolled in administrative practicum at UNO. He was a teacher at Washington Elementary at that time. He was an excellent educator, was an outstanding administrative candidate, and such a nice gentleman. So sad to hear this news.

  • Kathi Smith Posted January 19, 2019 10:09 am

    What a lovely tribute to Mark. My heartbreaks for you and your family, but I know your faith and family will see you through this storm. With sincere condolences.

  • Vicki Allison-Dietz Posted January 19, 2019 12:20 pm

    Mark will always be remembered as a person of great character, faith and integrity. Blessed to have been able to work with Mark at IBM and always admired how he carried these characteristics over into his daily professional life. Sending prayers for Mark and his lovely, beautiful family.

  • Vince Fazio Posted January 19, 2019 3:12 pm

    Pelan Family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I worked with Mark, and was always impressed with his positive attitude. He was a pleasure to work with and I imagine he had a similar effect on everyone that he met. God bless all of you.

  • Teri Knowlton Posted January 19, 2019 4:28 pm

    Like everyone else, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Mark’s Passing. I feel so fortunate that I was lucky enough to get to know him while working at Sirius. He was such a kind and thoughtful person to everyone he came into contact with. I cannot image the sorrow his family is going through at this time. I am so sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind and will be missed by everyone who had the great pleasure of knowing him.

  • Ken and Mary Jo Wentz Posted January 19, 2019 5:00 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • John and Lila Chandler Posted January 19, 2019 9:32 pm

    To the Veine and Pelan families, we are so sorry to hear of the untimely passing of this brother in the Lord. May God be with you and comfort you all at this time.

  • Wendy Deane Posted January 20, 2019 8:20 am

    Katie and family
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. My children and I have walked this path and we know your pain. Mark will always be watching over all of you and guide you. Remember he is always in your heart and only a thought away when you need him.

  • Kris Forney Posted January 21, 2019 1:02 pm

    Hi Katie,
    This is Kris Flohr, a fellow HC Bronco with you and Mark. Jeff and I are deeply saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. May God be with you and comfort you and your family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Betty J Marks Posted January 21, 2019 11:50 pm

    Katie as with everyone it still doesn’t seem possible. I know things will be rough for awhile but also
    know how the faith you shared and continue to share will help get you through if I could have I would have tried to come . I remember Mark as a fun loving strong family man convicted by his
    faith and family. I also remember him eating big noodles and cheese at the house in St. Joe. He was fun. Patrick & Ann and kids loved when ever you were coming to Michigan. You and the kids
    have been and will continue to be in our prayers for a long time. Love Babe Veine Marks

  • Barbara Hatch Posted January 22, 2019 10:29 am

    I was so sorry to hear about Mark. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • Melanie McDonald Posted January 22, 2019 10:59 am

    SO very sorry for your loss! Mark was my son’s 5th grade teacher at Washington Elementary. My son learned so much about life from Mr. Pelan and ALWAYS looked up to him! Wonderful, caring man! Your family will remain in our prayers.

  • Eric Bereuter Posted January 22, 2019 5:46 pm

    I was saddened to hear about Mark’s passing. Mark was a delightful person who always had a positive thing to say to me when we met. I was continuously amazed by his positive attitude and professionalism. My heart goes out to his family and colleagues as his wonderful presence will be missed.

  • Eric D’Lallo Posted January 22, 2019 8:22 pm

    Mark was an exceptional person, and he always brought a great energy into the office. I always enjoyed working with Mark on customer projects. My thoughts and prayers to the Pelan family as they navigate through this rough time. Mark was a good man, and he will be missed.

  • Matt Soukup Posted January 25, 2019 9:58 am

    I was saddened to hear about Mark’s passing. Mark was a great person to work with on projects for our community. My thoughts and prays for the Pelan family, and Sirius family. Matt Soukup, City of Columbus.

  • Eric Irwin Posted January 25, 2019 3:40 pm

    I was shocked and saddened to hear about Mark’s passing. I met Mark when he was starting at MSI and I was with IBM. I enjoyed working with him, and always knew him as a humble, extremely likable man of faith who absolutely adored his family. I always enjoyed catching up with him when our paths crossed, and it was always about family before business. My sincerest condolences to the Pelan family; may the Lord grant you comfort as you mourn this loss.

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