Condolence & Memory Journal

You will be sadly missed my friend at St. Josephs Church. Your "sweetness", your HATS ! and your joy to be with! The you may even have a special "HAT !" for you in Heaven !

Posted by Craig and Trudi Corkery - Lockport, IL   September 14, 2016

Posted by Craig and Trudi Corkery - Lockport, IL   September 14, 2016

Fr. Mark...Now you are resting in Heaven. We're glad that we met you years ago. It's hard for us not being with you. We enjoyed chatted with you especially you drove out here from far. And what's more.....NO MORE DRIVING FAR and traveling for you even you drove to Florida yourself. That's shocked to me. It will not be the same without you. Most of all we will miss your sense of humor. And once more, many thanks for helping and served the Deaf Community.

Posted by Hugh/Carolyn Fung - Carol Stream, IL - Friend   September 13, 2016

Father Mark was a great man. My band played for him at two of his parishes, St. Jude& Minooka. Larry Robinson, Joliet

Posted by Larry Robinson - joliet, IL   September 13, 2016

For a kind and thoughtful man. May he rest in peace. May the dear Lord be at his side for all of eternity.

Posted by Sue Duffy-(Grubba) - St. Petersburg, FL - Family   September 13, 2016

I have memories of working the deaf picnics for Fr. Mark. Also, when my husband was going through RCIA, the dedication and faith was evident in Fr. Mark. We also relished the times We spent with Fr. Mark before we got married in the Catholic Church at St. Mary's in Minooka. Fr. Mark will be missed. Our condolences to the entire family.

Posted by Sarah & Ernie Manz - Marseills, IL - Acquaintance   September 12, 2016


We met Father Mark in high school when he would drive us from Naperville to Chicago to attend theater and movies. He then married us 45 yrs ago, married our son in the mountains near Yellowstone and was Godfather to our youngest son. No matter where we lived he would visit every year for a week. One of my favorite memories of him was visiting old churches and Indian reservations in New Mexico. He had just retired and had money to spend. He couldn't stop shopping for gifts for his friends. I loved his passion for life, people and God. His presence in our lives made my faith stronger. I considered him part of my family.

Posted by sandra drendel - Fort Collins, CO - Friend   September 12, 2016

Father Mark and the Saints Peter and Paul organist took it upon themselves to train five willing but unpolished high school freshman into a quite credible choir for the 8AM Sunday mass. We sang music which was doubtless beyond our depth, but Fr. Mark made us believe in our collective strength and our own abilities. It was a joyous time which I always think on whenever Bach's Cantata 140 is played on the radio. Today, dear Fr. Mark, I will sing the Gregorian Funeral Mass propers in your memory and in thanksgiving for your blessed ministry. K. Rink, Naperville (SSPP 1968)

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2016

I will always remember Father Mark's love of life. His joy and energy radiated to those around him. He made you smile; he made you laugh. I'll always remember the celebrations of midnight mass at St Jude's, the Christmas cards that never came at Christmas, and the love he had for life and people. He was a simple man with a great big heart!!

Posted by Sue and Dan Menegon - Joliet, IL - Friend   September 11, 2016

Fr. Mark will always have a special place in my heart. He helped my deaf daughter and son make their First Communion and Confirmation through the REACH program at St. Raphael church in Naperville. I'll always remember his silly hats at the Christmas Party and his kindness toward all the students in the REACH program.

Posted by Laura Fornal - Wheaton, IL - Friend   September 11, 2016

Friends since teaching together at St Francis Academy. We will miss you and your annual JULY Christmas cards and notes telling of your escapades for the year.

Posted by Jim & Tita Brady - Friend   September 11, 2016

We made a contribution to Father Marks hat collection while he was volunteering at St. Joseph's in Lockport.! Everyone enjoyed his heartfelt homilies and his loving nature. He will be very missed here.

Posted by Diane Meader Schenk - Lockport, IL   September 11, 2016

Father Mark will be missed by all. He was such a treasure.

Posted by Pat Evans - Lockport, TN - Friend   September 11, 2016

I got to know Fr Mark while he was at St Scholastica and also his time at Illinois Benedictine College. We were privileged to be at his retirement party in Minooka a few years ago and the love shown to him by his many friends was wonderful to see. He had a great time at the party but was reduced to tears when he was presented a ticket to ride the Orient Express. He was able to take that trip and included pix of it in his annual Christmas card which always arrived between February and April. Loved that quirkiness.
God Bless and RIP Fr. Mark.

Posted by Gerry Cload - New Port Richey, FL - Friend   September 10, 2016


Father Mark was one of the kindest, gentle, caring and talented person. He loved theatre and supported the Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre as a performer, patron and subscriber. I will miss his smile and the twinkle in his eyes, his sandals and suspenders AND all of his crazy hats. Although he's made his final curtain call, he is a star that will continue to burn bright.
Peace & Comfort,
Jo Slowik
Lewis University
Philip Lynch Theatre Manager

Posted by Jo Slowik - Joliet, IL - Friend   September 10, 2016

I was impressed with his involvement with Deaf Catholic community. He is a wonderful preist. Thank you, Father Mark Fracaro. He will be missed.

Posted by Sharon Di Guido - Joliet, IL   September 10, 2016

Fr. Mark. You are still in my mind and my heart. I will always remember you forever.
Thank you so much for your times with a lot of loves and helps toward us and our Deaf Community.
You came to St. Isidore to do the deaf signed mass one a month for years.
We always enjoyed being with you whenever go out to eat after the signed mass.
We had great time parties of Knight of Columbus dinners, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Deaf Retreat and Deaf Picnic.

You have Golden Key to God's Home.

Love and Hugs,
Jack and Peggy Crotty

Posted by Jack and Peggy Crotty - Carol Stream, IL - Family Friend   September 09, 2016

Met Father Mark at St. Scholastica in Woodridge! Met up with him at theater on the Hill in Bolingbrook years later - was still the same beautiful person! he will be missed but his flock will remember him!

Posted by Georgene Jarecki - Romeoville, IL - Friend   September 09, 2016

I remember him at St. Francis Academy where he taught religion and I was one of his students. He was aware that I am deaf and he was always very good to me and he and I would chat many times during my high school days. He interpreted for me at my uncle's funeral in 2008. The last time I saw him was last year when he married my niece and her hubby in 2015. He was also at the wedding reception for dinner and he and I chatted and we had a nice time. I was hoping to see him again somehow. I will miss him and our chats together. He will never be forgotten. I was shocked to learn of this news last night when I stumbled on facebook and noticed the obituary on him. My condolences go out to his family and friends and students at St. Francis Academy.

Posted by Susan Bertani - Joliet, IL - Student   September 09, 2016

Fr. Mark Concelebrated at my husband Dave's funeral on July 1 at St. Dennis Church and did the blessing at our luncheon. He was always worried about me when Dave was ill. I'm in the St. Dennis Choir and he taught us how to do the Alleluia in Sign Language,it took us a little time to learn it, but we have it Down Pat now. I will miss his beautiful smile and his kind and caring personality.
God Rest in peace Fr. Mark.
Judy Martis and Family

Posted by Judy Martis - Lockport, IL   September 09, 2016

When I heard about Fr. Mark's death, my heart sank, filling me with mixed emotions. I knew Father for several years through our ministry with Deaf people in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. Father was one of the kindest souls I ever met and knew. His patience, humor, and, most of all, humility were what I remembered most about his character. Another thing that impressed me about Father was that he continued his interest and support in Deaf ministry long after his retirement - it proved how much he loved the Deaf. I felt blessed to have seen him at a weekend conference this past April - little did I know it was be our last reunion. May Father enjoy all the happiness he deserves in heaven!

Posted by Sr. Maureen Langton - St. Louis, MO - Friend   September 09, 2016

Father Mark had signed for the deaf and had signed at my mothers wake and funeral. I am thankful to him for doing so. I also am thankful to him for his signing to the deaf congregation when the deaf people would go to services. Be well at your new home with the Lord. You will be missed.

Posted by William McMillin - Joliet, IL   September 09, 2016

Father Mark was as genuine as they come. Kind, humble, intellectual, reverent and loving. He was not afraid to have fun. By sharing himself, he helped us to know God. Even in the smallest acts ... who else would send a thank-you note to thank you for a note? Mark A. Fracaro, born to eternal life on September 6, the feast of St. Eleutherius. Happy Birthiversary! Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Posted by Rick and Carole Onik - Homer Glen, IL   September 09, 2016

I had the honor of directing Mark in "1776" in 2002, and he was so wonderful and cheerful the whole show, it made my tasks so much easier. His smile and laugh were so contagious, that the whole cast was inspired. Thank you, Father Mark.

Posted by Rae Williams - Bolingbrook, IL   September 08, 2016

Father Mark welcomed our family into st.Mary's when we moved to the Minooka area. Confirmed me as a Catholic, gave my daughter her first communion and confirmation, and blessed my husband and I on our 25th wedding anniversary. He always was ready and willing to comfort and bless any and all. Thank you, dear Father, for your service and love of the Lord. Rest in peace.

Posted by Kris Klugiewicz - Minooka, IL - Friend   September 08, 2016

I can only imagine the Joy in your heart, face to face with our Father. Thank you for sharing your life, your love and all your wonderful, wonderful hats with us.I always left St Dennis ,after Mass,. with a smile on my face and a happy heart.
Your love and kindness will be with us always
Love and prayers always, Mary.

Posted by Mary E. Bell - Romeoville, IL - Friend   September 08, 2016

So sad and sorry to hear about Father Marks passing. I wish he could have enjoyed his retirement and traveling just a little longer. We will miss his March Christmas cards. Our condolences to his family and many, many friends.

Posted by Lori Toepper - Manteno, IL - Friend   September 08, 2016


Father Mark was a wonderful priest and friend to our family. We adored him and missed him so much when he left our Parrish. We did meet up with him for lunch periodically. He brought us into the Church and visited us in our home. He was a guest at our 25 wedding anniversary , where we renewed our vows. He will be missed by our whole family. Rest with god.

Posted by William , Ethel , and family Neese - Wilmington, IL - Friend   September 08, 2016

Fr Mark was the first priest that we knew who could express his faith in Jesus by simply saying "Jesus": one knew how fully he believed! From the time Fr Mark came to St Mary Parish in Minooka, IL until he retired, he was an inspiration to all of his congregation and to us and our family. He had the ability to debate theology while teaching his parishioners ways to continue their growth as a Catholic. We will miss his Christmas cards in March & April. Most of all we will miss him!

Posted by Dr. Gaile & Mr. Henry Nellett - Marseilles, IL   September 08, 2016

Father Mark welcomed us with open arms when we moved to Minooka. May there be an endless supply of silly hats and plays in heaven! Thank you for your kindness during our years in Minooka.

Posted by Gina Abbeduto - Henderson, NV   September 08, 2016

We had the good fortune to meet Fr. Mark as a fellow pilgrim on a trip to Italy. Fr. Mark was a man of true humility and shared the gospel and love of the church with everyone he encountered. He was an inspiration.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, parish family and friends.R7J

Posted by Richard & Cathy Burns - Auburn, NY - Acquaintance   September 08, 2016

I remember Father Mark fondly from his time at St. Scholastica Church in Woodridge and as one of my parents' dear friends. Rest in peace.

Posted by Dina Cload Lindemann - Niles, IL - Family Friend   September 08, 2016

I will miss receiving his "Christmas card" in April!

Posted by Maxine Wallis - McPherson, KS - Friend   September 08, 2016

One of my first (and unusual) memories was performing in Kiss Me Kate with him. It took a little getting used to performing with a priest in tights!

Posted by Maxine Wallis - McPherson, KS - Friend   September 08, 2016

St Dennis and Lockport a poorer place with loss. Heaven a richer place with his addition.

Posted by Bob Murphy - Lockport, IL - Acquaintance   September 08, 2016

We knew Father Mark from when he was a priest at St. Scholastica in Woodridge, IL. I will always remember a mass he did in sign language. It was beautiful-especially the hymns. We also would see him over the years at St. Vincent de Paul functions and at various plays in the area. Rest in Peace Father Mark.

Posted by Ellen Collins - Elkader, IA   September 08, 2016

God bless Fr. Mark Fracaro. Thank you for your commitment and service to God and our Church. You will be blessed in Heaven.

Posted by Cheryl Dillman - Naperville, IL - Acquaintance   September 08, 2016

I just saw Father Fracaro when he presided over Mass a month or so ago at St. Joseph's in Lockport. He was always such a joyful presence.

Posted by Howard Oller - Lockport, IL   September 08, 2016

Our Azzarello family has know Father Mark, like forever. He was part of our family celebrations. My parents served communion with him at St. Scholastica Church in Woodridge for many years. We have kept in touch with him even when he moved on. He was a great and caring man of God.
Recently our mom passed and he came and prayed with us at her memorial service earlier this year.
Father Mark has definately left a black space with his passing but will now be with his best buddy, God!

Posted by Cathy Azzarello - Palm Beach Gardens, FL - Friend   September 08, 2016

Fr Mark & I were in a one-act-play show a while back. He was such a great guy to have around. Made everyone comfortable - and mellow - with his unique humor. He made everything better. Whenever we saw each other since then he always waved & said hello. He remembered my name. So cool.

Posted by Chuck Severson - Lockport, IL   September 08, 2016

This was the friendliest Priest. Once he meet you her didn't forget you. He will be missed so much. RIP Fr. Mark.

Posted by Linda Olvera - Rockdale, IL   September 08, 2016

Fr. Mark was our pastor In Minooka for many years. He was always a dedicated friendly and kind priest and involved with many activities.
I am a life time member of St. Mary's and a charter member of St. Mary's quilters. I spend many Tuesdays quilting in St. Mary's basement. We make a quilt each year and raffled it at our St. Patrick's corn beef and cabbage dinner. We gave the proceeds to Fr. so he could purchase items needed forour church. He often stopped by to visit and let us know he appreciated our dedication to our church.

He was not only our parish priest, he was our friend and neighbor. He always kept in touch after moving on and returned to St. Mary's to visit and attend celebrations and funerals of our loved ones. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Betty Kinsella - Port Richey - Friend   September 08, 2016

So many childhood memories of Fr. Mark and Jeannie and Chipper at their Home when I would visit with Jeannie my wonderful childhood friend and Sacred HEart classmate. Mark hasleft such a shining and fun legacy and will always remain a twinkle in my heart.

Posted by MARY LYNCH MARLER - Lockport, IL - Family Friend   September 08, 2016

We send deepest sympathy to family and friends of Father Mark.

Father Mark was the glue that held our Sacred Heart School, Class of 1955, together. Mark selflessly organized our reunions and kept us up-to-date on the St. Dennis happenings. He kept us in touch with each other and shared his travel and acting experiences.
We are thankful for Mark's devotion to Christianity and to service in the many communities blessed by his priesthood. Mark will be sorely missed. We are sure that Mark is enjoying his eternal reward for his innumerable good works and caring.
God's Blessings on our Dearest of Classmates,
John & Fran Rogers

Posted by Fran Rogers - Kenilworth, IL - Classmate   September 08, 2016

Our condolences for the loss of Father Mark who was an inspiration to us all.

Posted by Judy Posego - Lockport, IL   September 08, 2016


Father Mark was such a special man of God. I'm crying as I'm typing this; my heart feels as tho it's breaking. We came to know him when he was pastor at St. Rose Church in Wilmington, IL. Over 30 yrs. ago, he married my husband and I. When our grandson was born, since our daughter was not registered at any church in Joliet, there was to be a long waiting period. I called Fr.Mark and he said "bring that innocent baby to me" and baptized him. 11 months later our dear grandson died and again Fr.Mark was right there. Cold and snowy in Dec., he said the Mass of the Angels in the chapel at Resurrection Cemetery. I so loved him for all he did for our family. We bumped into him from time to time once he left St.Rose & often asked about him. The last time we saw him was at St.Rose when Sr.Ann Ellen retired. May this special man RIP in the arms of the Lord. He will be missed here on earth.

Posted by Virginia Stevens - Wilmington, IL - Friend   September 08, 2016

Fr Mark you will always be one of the most special priests I've had the privilege to know. Your kindness, humor and compassion touched my heart and soul. Your love of life and your love of theatre were great gifts. Your commitment and dedication to the youth of our church were a true inspiration. I will always cherish the Mass you celebrated with our diocesan group in Paris at World Youth Day it was an incredible faith filled experience!!!May you rest in God's peace now, as the Angels surround you.

Posted by Helen Johnson - Shorewood, IL - Friend   September 08, 2016

Fr. Mark and I did "Fiddler on the Roof" together at Lewis University in 2001---he as the Rabbi and me as Yente, the matchmaker. The Joliet papers loved the fact that a priest and a United Methodist clergywoman were playing those roles. He also signed a funeral with me at Carlson's when a family member of the deceased was deaf. I will certainly miss him. May flights of angels sing him to his rest.

Posted by Rev. Marcia Urban - Des Plaines, IL - Friend   September 07, 2016

So sorry to hear of Father Mark's passing. Was a wonderful priest

Posted by Chris Ochota - Minooka, IL - Acquaintance   September 07, 2016

Goodbye my friend. Thank you for your recent Christmas card. Our many years sharing faith at St. Rose in Wilmington and our special friends the Clancy sisters. I thank you for all you did for my brother, James Amiot in the deaf community at St. Mary's in Plainfield. I will miss you. Pray that you are with the Lord, after all the special work you did for the people of God.

Posted by Sandy Altiery - Braidwood, IL - Friend   September 07, 2016

Father Mark, you will be truly and deeply missed. You made an everlasting impression on our congregation at St.Marys. May you rest in peace and continue to shine.

Posted by Veronica Burciaga Brogan - Minooka, IL - Friend   September 07, 2016

Father Mark was the priest at St. Mary's through my childhood, through my confirmation, and even after into adulthood. He was a welcoming wonderful man that was always so cheerful to see everyone. I attended his retirement party in Minooka where there had to be over a hundred people wishing him the best. I know so many more are going to miss his cheerful smile and crazy hats! I can't thank him now in person, but I want to thank him in prayer for being a consistent support in my religious education and life.

Posted by Holly Karner - Minooka, IL - Student   September 07, 2016

My deepest condolences on the passing of Father Mark. I have very fond memories of Father Mark from my elementary school years at St. Rose School. He was a very friendly and kind man.

Posted by Beth Van Duyne-Norman - Wilmington, IL   September 07, 2016

Jeanie, so sorry for your loss, the world has lost a great person, but Heaven has welcomed him with open arms. Hope the Lord finds a special place for all those crazy hats!! Love you, Mark, we have many great memories

Posted by Ginny Beaton - Lockport, IL - Family   September 07, 2016

Fr. Mark will always be remembered for his kindness, his hats and his zeal for life. I will miss his homilies which always tied the readings to present day life. He was the kind of priest who met people where they are in their faithfulness and inspired them to be stronger in their faith. He led by example. Fr. Mark will never be forgotten!

Posted by Kim West - Homer Glen, IL - Friend   September 07, 2016

Fr. Mark and his hats will be missed by all.

Posted by Virginia and Robert Guertin - Morris, IL - Friend   September 07, 2016

You will be greatly missed cousin.

Michael, Katherine and Theron Hall

Posted by Michael Hall - Valparaiso, IN - Family   September 07, 2016