Mark William Witalec
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Mark William Witalec

Dewitt - Mark was in his home surrounded by his family on June 28, 2020 when he left to eternally join his Lord and Savior. He was born in Dearborn, MI to Leonard and Margaret Witalec in 1955. After graduating from Yale High School in 1973, Mark attended Ferris State University. He graduated in 1977, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Land Surveying, and worked as a professional Land Surveyor for the Lansing Board of Water and Light until he retired from his full-time career in 2012. His true work passion being land surveying, he continued to operate his own business during retirement, called Witalec Surveying and Mapping, where he was still serving clients up until the last few weeks of his life on this earth.

Land Surveying was his career passion, but loving Jesus Christ and being the best father, grandfather, husband, son, and brother he could be directed his life. He had a strong passion for life and was known for his captivating smile. He hardly ever stopped moving and was always working on projects around the home. He loved Snyder's Honey Mustard Pretzels, Tim Horton's, Menards, and sharing precious moments with his grandchildren. Mark had a genuine, calming and logical demeanor, also containing a twist of humor, which was still shining through in his final days. Mark carried his hard-working and selfless nature throughout his lifetime, always going to any length in order to offer help to friends and those he loved. He had a charismatic personality and was able to connect with nearly everyone with whom he came in contact.

Mark married the love of his life, Karen, in 1980 and set a prime example of what a Christian husband should be. Together they lovingly raised their family on a quiet country road in Dewitt, Michigan. This year marks their 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Leonard, in 1986. He is survived by his wife Karen, three children, Sarah (Dominic), Dan, Joyce (Jared,) six grandchildren, Dexton, Amry, Sofia, Kett, Rose, and Crew. In addition, he is survived by his beloved mother, Margaret, and six adoring siblings: Glenn (Casey) Witalec, Karen (Dennis) Johnson, Janet (Rick) Rector, Dennis (Laura) Witalec, Laura (Bob) Loxton, and Cheryl (Ron) Charney. In memory of Mark, donations may be made to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing or Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church ( 7740 W St Joe Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917) Building Fund. Private funeral services will be held on July 2nd, 2020. Live-streaming will be available at

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Published in Lansing State Journal from Jun. 29 to Jun. 30, 2020.
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July 7, 2020
My condolences to the whole Witalec family. I knew Mark from our days at Ferris State College. I never met such a kind and generous soul. It was always such a pleasure to meet Mark at the annual surveying conferences where we were able to catch up with each other. He always had a smile on his face. I am so lucky to have known him for all these years.
Bob Burtch
July 1, 2020
Dear Karen and family, my thoughts are with you now and for the upcoming future. Karen, I remember how kind Mark was when your mother passed and the office had gotten the angel for your yard, he and you drove out of your way to come to my house to pick it up, turns out where I got it at was close to your home. My family also enjoyed having you and Mark join us one summer day for a cookout. For now, your immediate family will be together to love and support each other.
Elda Reyes
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Elda Reyes
June 30, 2020
Dear Dad, you were one of the first people to hold my hand, and this was the last time I held yours. In a selfish world, you were selfless. You were always smiling. You were one of the only people who actually listened to the response after asking, how are you? Your whole life was all about your family - we meant everything to you. You would drop all of your plans and drive across the state if you thought I needed you (remember the time I needed a headlight changed, or the time I had a dime-sized dent from hitting a deer?) You never complained, even up until the very end. I will never forget the last night that you could talk and I watched you eat your last meal and we played on google earth for a long time and talked about trips to the UP. Right now, this just hurts so much, but I want you to know that we will be ok. You were always so strong, and we know that you would want us to be happy, so I promise you that we will be. One of your biggest concerns is that your grandkids would not remember you, and I promise you...that wont happen. You have made a huge impression on everyone you have ever met. I hope to be half the person you were. Love you forever. ❤
June 30, 2020
My condolences to Mark's family. He was very helpful to me when I performed surveys for the city or mdot in Lansing. We both much enjoyed talking about projects. I will miss our conversations.
Jack Owens
June 30, 2020
Dad, I remember you holding my hand in the car on the way to school. I remember you pretending you couldnt control the car as it drove into QD to get us donuts every Friday morning before school. I remember you rescuing me when I went in ditches, when my brakes went out, when my tire blew out on the expressway, and so many other times. Im sure I didnt thank you enough. I remember you brushing our teeth every night, playing musical chairs, bucking bronco, and taking Danny and I to Spartan Speedway. I remember you putting thought into the songs you danced with Sarah and I to at our weddings. You took care of us for so many years. You didnt even let mom pump her own gas! You were the best grandpa. You were always playing with and teaching the kids. Im so sad youre gone. I cant believe I wont hear you talk or sing the Irish lullaby, Too Rah Loo Rah again. But I know youre resting in the peace of God and I cling to the promise of the resurrection. Love you, Dad.
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