Rev. Mark A. Fracaro
Rev. Mark A. Fracaro, age 74, lifelong resident of Lockport, IL. entered into eternal life on Tuesday September 6, 2016.
Fr. Mark retired after 49 years of serving in the Joliet Diocese. Beloved brother of Frances Jeanne (late Jim) Ciambor; loving uncle of James Andrew Ciambor, Cassady N. Ciambor, Thomas A. Ciambor, Jami Lynn Ciambor and Suzanne Lee; also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Anthony J. and Sofia A. Fracaro (Demonja); brother, Robert A. (late Elizabeth "Betty") Fracaro; grandparents, Bartolo and Antonia Fracaro and Marko and Draginja (Todorovic); and nephew, James J. Ciambor.
Fr. Mark attended St. Dennis School in Lockport, Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago and St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore (the first seminary in the US). He was Ordained May 27, 1967, and assigned to 9 parishes and 2 educational assignments during his 49 years of Priesthood. In 1976, Bishop Blanchette asked Fr. Mark to help with the Deaf Apostolate Ministry and soon after became the head of this Ministry and lifelong member. Involved with Youth Ministries and recently returned from his 8th trip to World Youth Day in Poland. Sponsor of many children overseas and in the United States. He was member and supporter of an incredible number of charitable organizations, including honorary member of the Knights of Columbus.
Mark gave generously from his heart, and continued giving after death through the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. Mark was a true example of someone who chose to live a simple and humble life serving others as God has asked of us. "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Mt 25: 35-36.
Mark was an avid theater, movie and opera attender. He performed in numerous parish shows and drama groups in the area.
Mark's sister, Fran also a registered nurse, would like to thank the nursing staff in the ICU at Silver Cross Hospital for their wonderful, kind and compassionate care of her brother. She also would like to thank his doctors especially Dr. Joseph Hindo, his physician and friend of more than thirty years. Thank you to Mark's friend, private duty nurse and advocate Kimberly Cast. Also thank you to Mark's St. Dennis Parish Family for their unending love and support.
The family will receive friends at St. Dennis Catholic Church, 1214 S. Hamilton St., Lockport, IL 60441 on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 2:00 to 8:00PM. Lying in State on Monday, September 12, 2016 from 8:00AM to 10:30AM with a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00AM. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park, Joliet, IL.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Dennis School Endowment Fund, St. Dennis Church-Deaf Apostolate Ministry, or the Diocese of Joliet would be appreciated.
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Published by The Herald-News from Sep. 8 to Sep. 9, 2016.