Mark William House
Mark William House, 60, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, October 25, 2013. Mark was born December 25, 1952 in Springfield to Billy C. and Josephine Rose Donaldson House who precede him in death.
Mark married the love of his life Carole Schmitt on September 10, 1994 in Springfield. They were blessed with two daughters, Alexandra Marie born on October 13, 1995 and Sydney Anne on July 6, 1999 all three survive.
Also surviving two brothers Timothy (Beverly) House of Smyra, TN; Barry (Linda) House of Chatham; one aunt Louise Donaldson several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He worked for 21 years at Illinois National Bank, he worked for Capitol Strategies and several state agencies, most recently Healthcare and Family Services where he was implementing a Project Management Office.
Mark volunteered at the Dana-Thomas House from September 1990 through June 2013 and enjoyed giving tours to people unfamiliar with the house.
He was very involved in building a project management community in Springfield since 1995. He scheduled many events and classes to give people the opportunity to share their experiences.
Mark and Carole loved to spend time watching both of their daughter’s track meets and cross country meets. They were very special times.
Let Mark’s passing remind everyone to hold on to each moment as if it may be your last.
Visitation: 4 – 7 pm, Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with Prayer service at 4 pm.
Funeral Mass: 10 am, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at St. Agnes Church with Reverend Robert Jallas officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the education fund for his children in C/O Carrollton Bank, 2135 West Wabash Ave., Springfield, IL, 62704.
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MARK HOUSE WAS A BELOVED COUSIN OF MINE - WE GREW UP TOGETHER. i LOVED HIM SO DEARLY AND WILL MISS HIM SO MUCH. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A HOLE IN MY HEART THAT CAN'T BE FILLED. IT IS SO HARD TO ACCEPT HIS PASSING. MY LOVE AND PRAYERS GO TO CAROL, ALEX AND SYD - HE LOVED YOU SO DEEPLY. NOT A DAY PASSES THAT I DON'T SHED A TEAR - EVERONE SAYS IT WILL GET BETTER BUT NOT SO SURE OF THAT. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH MARK HOUSE - YOU WERE LIKE MY LITTLE BROTHER AND I JUST CAN'T SEEM TO LET GO. BREMDA
Carole, Alex, and Sydney - We are so sorry to hear about Mark's passing. You and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers.
Alex and Sydney - We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love, Coach Arnolts and the 2013-2014 PPMS Dance Squad (Jillian, Alaina, Grace, Gabi, Sierra, Samantha, Jenny, and Molly)
My thoughts and prayers remain with you during this time. May God bring peace and comfort.
Mark was a true professional and gentleman. He was able to show the project management community how to use all the tools of the trade to facilitate a great outcome. He loved HFS (Healthcare and Family Services) and so wanted to accomplish the implementation of the entire Project Management Office before handing it off. He taught me so much about living a good life and facing a shortened future with grace. Mark, you joked about it and were too humble to believe it, but to me, you were a big deal.
Mark was such a great guy. He always made me smile whenever he was at the Dana-Thomas House. He'll be greatly missed.
Mark and I go back many years as friends through work, him at INB, CGN, Cap. Strategies, and HFS; while I was working with IBM. He was always a very inspirational person to be with. He seemed to always being wearing his genuine smile. He will be missed by so many people whose lives had the good fortune to connect with his over his years. Just wish he had had more years...
I didn't really know Mark, but as someone who enjoyed coaching and watching track and cross country, I remember seeing you all watching and cheering your girls. His love and pride were very evident. My thoughts and prayers are with you now. Please remember that his love and pride will follow you and support you your entire life.
Mark and I were college roomates at Lincoln. We shared many fond memories and a ton of laughs. I know he had a quick wit and a strong faith. My condolences to his family.
I was deeply saddened to learn of Mark's passing. My siblings and I grew up with Mark and Timmy and Barry in an apartment house on North 5th Street. I have many fond memories of our childhood. The House boys' mother, Jo Rose, and my mother, Pat, were the very best of friends. My deepest condolences to the House family.
Mark was so engaged in building a project management community. I volunteered with him at PMI-CIC and enjoyed our discussions on project management and how to align more businesses and educational institutions with it. He was a great person to work with and will be missed. My deepest condolences.
Mark was a truly valued staff member at the Illinois Department of Healthcare Family Services. Committed to our success, he helped manage many of our complex projects -- always with competence, expertise, good cheer, a friendly smile, and ... donuts. For Mark, donuts created a friendly environment in which he could crack the whip to get things done. He inspired us by courageously battling his illness, all the while remaining focused on his work. We at HFS are deeply saddened by his passing. We will miss you, Mark.
Mark was one of the nicest coworkers I've ever had. He was always concerned for others, while placing his needs to the side. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing. He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with the family. Shannon Stokes, HFS coworker.
Carole and Family, condolences for your loss. Besides a co-worker, Mark was a friend. He will be missed, but leaves behind a legacy of giving... of himself, his time, and his most excellent skills.
Carole, Alex and Sydney, Leanna and I are at a loss for words. Mark was a wonderful man, mentor and friend. He inspired me "growing up" in the professional word. He was a man of dignity and integrity with a wonderful sense of humor. As long as I live, I will never forget him. I have now lost another important man in my life. God bless you and know we love you.
Carol, Alex and Sydney: I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mark at both CMS and HFS. Mark was one of the nicest people I've had the pleasure to work with. He loved his family so much and talked about all of you often. We lost a truly wonderful person. Cherish his memory.
to the House family, Mark will always be missed and remembered. He was such a good dad to both Sydney and Alex. He was always so kind to me when I would come over to hangout with Sydney. We didn't really talk much, but I could always tell how much he loved you all and how hard he fought. I know it won't be the same not seeing him cutting the grass when I come over or eating dinner with us in the kitchen, but he will always be in our hearts. He will be truly missed. Our family will always be here for you and we love you all.
To the house family:. Im so sad to hear of marks passing. I had the pleasure of working with him at IDOT. I always enjoyed his daily stories of his kids. I have a daughter Alex age so we would exchange stories about them getting their driver license. Going to homecoming and running. He loved his family so much. He was one proud dad. You now have an angel looking over you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days and months ahead.
Carol & family so sorry for your loss. I have the memories of working with both of you at the old INB. He was a great person at work and outside work. My prayers are with you and your family. Hold on to the memories.
Mark, you are one of the best and will be sorely missed! Your fight was an inspiration to me and my family as we battled breast cancer this year along with you. I am deeply saddened that you lost the fight but take comfort that you live on in our hearts and will look after us with Him. Stephen DePooter, CIO at HFS.
Caren Mansfield posted on 11/18/13
Carole, Alex and Sydney, While I usually only saw you all at the Dana House, I have many fond and fun memories. Mark and I were in the 1990 Volunteer Interpreter class. Over the years we were often quite a team with Regina and others as part of the lighters and stompers for Luminaria Night. Visitors to the site were lucky to get the experience of a father/daughter/daughters interpreter team as well. I saw the love and pride he had for his family. My sympathies. What a huge loss. Hugs to you all. Caren Mansfield