Mark Benschoter, 1956-2019

Published 1:00 am Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mark G. Benschoter, 63, of Twin Lakes passed away Monday, June 10, 2019.

Mark Benschoter

Mark was diagnosed with metastatic Stage 4 esophageal cancer at the end of September. He fought a courageous battle for eight months.

Mark, son of Ardelle L. (Urban) (Rehbein) Benschoter and Merle L. Benschoter, was born May 22, 1956, in Mankato. Mark grew up in the Winnebago area. He married Kathryn L. Harnack on Dec. 28, 1975. They divorced and then were remarried Dec. 29, 1983. They had two children, Tina and Matthew.

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His work resume shows enjoying positions at Wells Concrete, Mosser Masonry, Swift-Eckrich, Streater, George’s Cars, Cybex, Austin Packaging and Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen. Mark retired from Mrs. Gerry’s at 62, when the cancer prevented him from continuing work.

Mark’s favorite thing to do was to spend time with his grandkids — Drew, Trevor, Makayla, Karli, Lexi and Lilly. Mark was a loyal Minnesota Vikings fan. Go Vikes! He enjoyed camping, motorcycling, his 1964 Chevy Impala SS, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

Mark will be greatly missed by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Tina; son, Matt; Tina’s husband, Mark Schroeder, and their children Drew, Trevor and Karli; Matt’s wife, Christine, and their children Makayla, Alexis and Lillian; brothers Dennis (Susan) Rehbein of Las Vegas, Dean (Paula) Benschoter of Minneapolis, James (Sue) Benschoter of Winnebago and Gary (Beverly) Benschoter of Chula Vista, California; brothers and sisters-in-law Karen (Jim) Evans of Wells, Keith (Tina) Harnack of Silverdale, Washington, Kenneth (Sheila) Harnack of Lakeville and Kay (Chris) Prescher of Alameda, California; many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ardelle and Merle; and his sister, Sharon Rehbein Dontje Bowman.

Visitation will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. A short service will follow the visitation at 10:30 a.m.