Mark Anthony Bissonette
Wednesday, November 27, 1929
Date of Death:
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
91 years old
Mark Anthony Bissonette
Mark A. Bissonette – Stewartville
Mark Anthony Bissonette, 91, of Stewartville, MN, died Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN.
Mark was born November 27, 1929, in Delavan, MN to George and Loretta (Gorman) Bissonette. He graduated from Mapleton High School in 1946. In 1950, he graduated from Crosier College in Onamia, MN, with a liberal arts degree. Mark was an Eagle Scout and an Air Scout.
Mark served in the Army as a radio repairman in the Korean War from 1952 to 1955, with active duty in Japan and Korea, returning to the United States as a Staff Sergeant at Fort Devens, MA as a Radio Repair Instructor. For his service, Mark was awarded the Meritorious Unit Emblem, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Emblem, the Korean Service Medal, the UN Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and two Bronze Stars.
After leaving the Army, Mark started as an Air Traffic Controller in the Aviation Weather Department in Grand Island, NE. While working here, he picked up his civilian pilot license.
On September 20, 1958, Mark married Susan M. Molohon at St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Mankato, MN. They lived in Grand Island, NE and Minneapolis, MN until 1960 when they moved to Stewartville, MN and Mark began work at the Rochester Airport. After 26 years of service with the Federal Aviation Administration, Mark retired in 1988.
Mark loved woodworking, flying, model airplanes, jigsaw puzzles, word search puzzles, and fixing just about anything. He was known for his whistle, which he started as a boy mimicking meadowlarks. He was the proud owner of a 1957 Ford Hardtop retractable convertible until he and Susan started their family.
Mark is survived by his wife, Susan, his sons Nathan (Gaylene) Bissonette, Kevin Bissonette, Matt (Cheryl) Bissonette, and Dominic (Sarah) Bissonette, his daughter, Heather (Todd) Ludwig, and his daughter-in-law, Ellen Bissonette; grandchildren Tom, Jon, Kristy, Kaleb, Kody, Karissa, Keira, Madison, Elijah, Aaron, Olivia, Bianca, Mark, Joe, Paul and Matt; and great-grandchildren Jacob, Caleb, Savannah, Aidan, Abbie and Noah. He is preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers, one sister, and his son Quinn Bissonette.
The memorial mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville. Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Woodland Hills Cemetery in Mankato at a later date.
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Nate and family,
Sending my condolences on the death of your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
My thought and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
My condolences to the Bissonette family. Find comfort in knowing Mark will be with the best of company with Quinn.
Kevin, Sue and Nathan and family our family was so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and husband. He was a kind man to my mother Ona and our family and i have great memories of him teaching us gun training, or anything with the outdoors. He loved the community and his family and we hope you and your family have peace at this time. God Bless you Davis Benson and the Benson family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
My deepest condolences to your family. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. May your faith help guide you thru this difficult time.
Matt and Family,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. He's sounds like a FANTASTIC guy! prayers to you and your family at his hard time. Cherish those memories, it sounds like there are plenty of them. Take Care.
My thoughts are with you and your family Matt as you venture through the death of your dad. Death and grief are interesting and challenging passages of life that we all walk through. You and your family are blessed to have shared 91 years with him. So sorry for your loss.
Sue and family,
I am so sorry to read of Mark's death. You are all in my prayers. I truly wish we had all had more chances to get together!
Matt and family
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father and family member. Although I did not know Mr. Bissonette, I work for Matt. A parent and loved one is hard for everyone on the family. He sounded like a great guy with a passion for Aviation. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
My condolences to the family! Prayers for healing comfort during this difficult time.
As I read about Uncle Mark (some things I never knew...what an incredible bio), I realize how much his brother Bernie must have idolized him....also attending Crozier, into radio repair, obsessed with weather. And they looked so much alike!! I loved when Mark would call and Sue would jump on another line...or when they would write me in their own handwriting. He was a special man and I will miss those calls and cards. HUGS to you all...especially Aunt Sue. 🙏
Remembering my dad this morning...our family "weather man". He would have been on the Weather Channel tracking the rain and storms moving through MN yesterday and today. He would have known what type of storm it was and all about the wind and clouds. It makes me smile to remember him being so passionate about weather.
Remembering my dad, who taught me how to fix anything. He's the original MacGyver.