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Mark R. Schulzetenberg, age 69 of St. Paul, formerly of Melrose, Minnesota, died Thursday, November 12, 2020 at The Phoenix Residence in St. Paul, Minnesota where he lived the past 6.5 years.
A private graveside service will be held Tuesday, November 17 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose with Deacon Ernie Kociemba officiating. A Mass will be scheduled at a later date.
Mark Roman Schulzetenberg was born in Melrose, Minnesota on February 15, 1951. Mark was the oldest of 3 siblings to Ed and Lorraine Schulzetenberg. He attended grade school at St. Mary’s in Melrose and completed his high school and college years at St. John’s Prep and St. John’s University. Mark had a passion and intelligence for studying philosophy and theology, he studied philosophy in Ottawa, Canada and in 2004 received his Master’s degree in Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. A highlight of Mark’s life was traveling to Rome in 1980’s and personally meeting and shaking the hand of Pope John Paul II. Mark had also written four Catholic booklets, which are spiritual guides: Our Lady Comes To Fatima, My Lenten Companion, The Jewel of God, and The Sacred Heart Gives Light To The World .
Mark’s Catholic faith was important to him, and he put God at the forefront. He would often visit the residents of Little Sisters of the Poor and other nursing facilities. As he aged his physical health became more difficult which limited his employment and in recent years required him to have full care. He enjoyed reading, writing, and watching a good Minnesota Twins game.
Mark is survived by his brother, Bruce (Nancy) Schulzetenberg; sister, Mary Dawn (Tom) Johnsen; nieces, Emily (Ben) Olson, Hanna Schulzetenberg, and Nicole Johnsen; and nephew, Kyle Johnsen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Lorraine; and many aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Phoenix Residence (phoenixresidence.org) and select Suburban House.