Mark Edward Reitsma

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Mark Edward Reitsma, 58, of South Windsor, beloved husband of Bonnie (Burrell), died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Manchester Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1955, in Hackensack, N.J., the son of Mary Jane (Jerlinski) Reitsma and the late Edward Reitsma. Mark graduated from the Ascension Catholic School prior to New Milford High School in New Jersey, then went on to graduate from the University of Bridgeport, and later obtained his Master's in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. He worked as a manager in the global human resources support operations group for United Technologies Corp., after working in various roles in human resources at Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies for over 36 years. Mark was very active and enjoyed cycling, skiing, hiking, and boating. He volunteered as an assistant Scout master with Troop 880 and Cub Scout Pack 186 for over 15 years. He was an active member of the Manchester Ski Club and enjoyed spending time at Okemo Mountain in Vermont, and helping to promote membership in the club. As the kind, loving, generous, devoted husband, father, brother, and friend, he will be greatly missed by all.

His family wishes to thank the staff and physicians at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and at Manchester Memorial Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.

Along with his wife, Bonnie, of over 33 years, he leaves his sons, Ryan Reitsma of Royal Oak, Mich., and Steven Reitsma of Middletown; his brother, Thomas Reitsma, and his wife, Suzanne, of Stafford Springs; his sister, Catherine Gundlah, and her husband, George, of Chandler, Ariz.; his father-in-law, Frederick Burrell of Columbia, Pa.; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Stephen Burrell, and his wife, Diane, of Cazenovia, N.Y., Dr. Mark Burrell of Lebanon, Pa., Marti Mueller, and her husband, Carl, of Palm Bay, Fla., and Dr. Matthew Burrell, and his wife, Debbie, of Plymouth, N.H., and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

His family will receive friends and family on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor.

A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m., at St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Road, South Windsor. Burial will follow at the Wapping Cemetery, South Windsor.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Smilow "Closer to Free" Cancer Campaign, P.O. Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-0611; and/or Boys Scouts of America, 60 Darlin St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 27 to Mar. 3, 2014