Mark R. Schulzetenberg, age 69, of St. Paul, formerly of Melrose, died Nov. 12, 2020, at The Phoenix Residence in St. Paul, where he lived the past 6.5 years.

A private graveside service was Nov. 17 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose with Deacon Ernie Kociemba officiating. A Mass will be scheduled at a later date.

Mark Roman Schulzetenberg was born in Melrose  Feb. 15, 1951. Mark was the oldest of three siblings born to Ed and Lorraine Schulzetenberg. He attended grade school at St. Mary’s in Melrose and completed his high school and college years at St. John’s Prep and St. John’s University. Mark had a passion and intelligence for studying philosophy and theology. He studied philosophy in Ottawa, Canada, and in 2004 received his master’s degree in theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. A highlight of Mark’s life was traveling to Rome in 1980s and personally meeting and shaking the hand of Pope John Paul II. Mark had also written four Catholic booklets, which are spiritual guides: “Our Lady Comes to Fatima,” “My Lenten Companion,” “The Jewel of God” and “The Sacred Heart Gives Light to the World.”

Mark’s Catholic faith was important to him, and he put God at the forefront. He would often visit the residents of Little Sisters of the Poor and other nursing facilities. As he aged, his physical health became more difficult which limited his employment and in recent years required him to have full care. He enjoyed reading, writing and watching a good Minnesota Twins game.

Mark is survived by his brother, Bruce (Nancy) Schulzetenberg; sister Mary Dawn (Tom) Johnsen; nieces Emily (Ben) Olson, Hanna Schulzetenberg and Nicole Johnsen; and nephew Kyle Johnsen. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Lorraine; and many aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Phoenix Residence (phoenixresidence.org) and select Suburban House.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose. 

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