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Mark R. Johnson, 61, of Rockford, passed away on December 26, 2017. He was born on December 17, 1956 in Rockford, the son of Paul Robert and Margaret Amelia (Jacobson) Johnson. He graduated from Rock Valley College and was an engineer for Ingersoll Production Systems. Mark married Mary Grocholl on July 25, 1981 in Rockford. He was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He was a fourth generation Rockford man, third generation at Ingersoll. He enjoyed football and fishing and was very proud of his children.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Sarah (Stephen) Kaufmann and Caroline Johnson; sisters, Janet Dailey, Cathy Dodanville and Joan (Michael) Paeth; and brother, Steven (Judy) Johnson. Predeceased by his parents.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 30, 2017 in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N Church St., Rockford with Father Rosa officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 29, 2017 at Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave. Rockford. Memorials may be made to Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., Rockford, 61102 or Shelter Care Ministries, 218 7th St., Rockford, 61104.

Condolences & Shared Memories (18)

  1. Millie Zimmerman

    My condolences to you, Mary, and to your children and extended family. I hope you will have lots of loving support as you grieve. Please lean into the church congregation for support.

  2. Daria & David O’Connor (VBT)

    My condolences to Mary, Caroline and your family for your loss. Keeping you in our hearts.

  3. GEORGE DAVIS

    Mary, Sarah,and Caroline My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. I was shocked and saddened when I heard about the passing of Mark. Let me know if you need anything. I am right around the corner. May Mark Rest In Peace. Sincerely, George

  4. Dave Ewaldz

    I had the pleasure of working with Mark on several challenging projects at Ingersoll years ago. Mark was a good engineer- always able to see the big picture. My heartfelt condolences to the Johnson family for your loss.

  5. Patti Earp

    I had the pleasure of knowing Mark through his lovely wife Mary . I was his hairdresser for quite a few years ....until he decided it was getting a tad sparse .😊 Lots of great conversations . He was kind , witty , thoughtful . Mark was at all the December book club parties, and I always enjoyed catching up. He was a great husband and dad . I have enjoyed knowing his daughters thru the years . Mark will bee greatly missed

  6. Tim Wisemiller

    I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the Johnson family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss. I, as well as many of my co-workers will miss Mark. Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain. Tim & Penny Wisemiller

  7. Judy Ranniger-Meza

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Mary, and Sarah and Caroline, as you absorb this tremendous loss. It takes a lot of love, patience, endurance and a hundred other things to make a marriage last as long as yours did, Mary. So sad that it ended too soon, and so happy that you had all the years with Mark that you did. Blessings of love and healing to you all.

  8. Ann Earp

    Mary, Sarah and Caroline... our family would not be without Mary and Mark introducing Dean and I. We have so much to be thankful for and so many wonderful memories...all because of MJ. All our love.

  9. Emily Diller

    So very sorry for your loss, Mary. May God hold you and your daughters in his loving hands. We pray for all of you

  10. Judy Hughes Cantrill

    Dear Mary, Sarah, Caroline and Family Members, Please know that we grieve with you. Although we have been so far apart in distance for so many years, I was privileged to be there to witness those first sparks of love. I remember where and when it all began. Mark created happiness in this world.

  11. Judy Hughes Cantrill

    Dear Mary, Sarah, Caroline and Family Members, Please know that we grieve with you. Although we have been so far apart in distance for so many years, I was privileged to be there to witness those first sparks of love. I remember where and when it all began. Mark created happiness in this world.

  12. Rich Nelson

    My condolences to Mary and the families. RIP Mark

  13. Susan

    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to Mary and her girls. Book Club is shocked and sad. Let us know anything we can do. Love and Prayers

  14. Barb LeMoine

    Words cannot express the sadness of losing a loved one. May you find comfort and peace through our Lord and Savior in knowing that we will all be together again someday. May fond memories help ease your pain. Mary, we're so truly sorry to hear of Mark's passing. You, your girls, and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sheldon & Barb LeMoine

  15. Kathleen Ordway

    He was a very kind man. I only knew him through our book club parties. Last bookclub he made a point of spending time and talking with me. Wish we could have had many more bookclub parties so i could have known him better. I will miss him.

  16. Janet

    Dear Mark, We miss you already. hugs.

  17. Mary Hanford Gage

    Janet, Cathy, Steve & Joan- So sorry to hear about Mark. Please know you all are in my prayers. God's peace and grace be with you. Your Cousin, Mary Hanford Gage

  18. Debra Wood

    Dear Mary, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your girls during this time of deep sorrow. May God's love and the care and concern of your family and friends comfort you now and in the days ahead. Love, Debra


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