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MARK LENARD JUSTEN

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“Too Soon. So much more to do. Mark's life was full, more than many could imagine. Thank you and your family for being there when I needed the...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Debbie Pickett - Jacksonville, FL

“My sympathies to all of Marks family and friends at this sad time. I have known Mark through the RLChamber and by needing his services way too many...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Carol Bickel-Swanson - Lake Villa, IL

“Dear Krista, So long ago and so many memories. Thinking of you and your family with a smile. God bless Mark and my sympathies to all . Sincerely . ...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Erin Drake - Richmond, IL

“I've known Mark about 35 years. Worked with/for him for 1 year. Mark has always been a good friend and will miss seeing him at the Wonder Lake FIre...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: TOM BORTA - HOUSTON, MO - friend


5 of 27 | Posted by: Carol C - McHenry, IL

“Our sympathy on the passing of Loved One. Mark was a great person and will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with all the Families at this tim, ”
6 of 27 | Posted by: Donald and Nancy(Justen)) Blake - IL

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: Kurt Thomas - MCHENRY, IL

“Thoughts and Prayers to all Family and Friends ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Ren Sanfilip - Wheatland, WI

“Nancy & Boys - You know, Mark made each and every person he knew feel special & valued. I know I felt that way but reading all the different stories...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Carol Perschke - McHenry, IL

“Rest in peace Mark. You were a great mentor to your many employees. We learned so much from you, pushing the limits on the industry standards. My...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Lisa Maire - Acquaintance

“Dear Nancy, Robbie, Alex,Please know that I am heartbroken about the passing of my dear "9/11" friend, Mark. I was a volunteer at the Medical...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Carina Cesari - Elmira, NY

“Mark was a man of great compassion and a heart of gold. He cared for his fellow man and demonstrated his sincerity through his actions in service to...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Karl Ottosen - Friend

“He was such a kind man. He was there for us when our daughter Melinda passed away. Such a loss. Our hearts go out to his family and all who cared for...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Laura Ours - Round Lake Beach, IL


14 of 27 | Posted by: Nancy B - Albany, WI

“Heartfelt and prayerful condolences from the Chicago Police Chaplains. Mark will be remembered at the Police Mass on Sunday, 24 MAY, 11:00 a.m. at...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: ~ ~ Fr. Dan Brandt, CPD Chaplain - IL

“RIP Mark. God Bless Your Family Eternal be your memory. Art & Lydia Theodoris ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: A friend


17 of 27 | Posted by: TOM BORTA - HOUSTON, MO

“I've known Mark almost mt entire life. He was truly an amazing soul, and will be greatly missed. My heart and prayers goes out to his family. RIH...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Amanda Barg - Wonder Lake, IL

“My deepest sympathies to Mark's family. Like most McHenry-ites, I have known Mark for many years. He took care of my husband, Win 7 years ago; and...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy Pratt - McHenry, IL

“Mark was a true friend. I knew Mark best from one of his breakfast groups. On Saturday Mark would always ask me if I worked at the High Schools the...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Craig Gerdes - McHenry, IL

“Nancy and family sorry to hear about Mark he will be missed God bless. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Jan and Gary Hummel - WonderLake, IL

“I heard many stories of Mark over the years I spent alongside Alex in graduate school, and he lived up to everything I had heard when I finally met...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Christine Isabella - Somerville, MA

“Oh my goodness,to the family of Mark I am so very sorry for the loss. He would come into our little restaurant, Bobbie Jo's Cafe and always so kind...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Donna Miller - Wonder Lake, IL

“My sincere condolences to the entire family. I was a part of this company from 1989 to 1996, and I am proud to say that Mark was my mentor and...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Valerie Joy Kessel-Worley - MO

“I am so sorry for your families loss...I remember him when he was younger and was interested with the growing rescue squad when it was in the early...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Linda Thietje - Thomson, IL

“Mr Justen was wonderful to our family when my husband passed away a few months ago. He anticipated my questions and arranged for a 21 gun salute...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“You have taken a long, awesome journey to get back "home". Hopefully many have learned from you as you have touched SO many hearts. RIP Mark, you...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: - Woodstock, IL


MARK LENARD JUSTEN of McHenry, IL died March 29, 2020 at the age of 66. Graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1976, Mark worked as the fourth generation at the George R. Justen & Son Funeral Home in McHenry. In 1983, he installed a crematory, serving funeral homes in the area. In 1985, Mark purchased the Wonder Lake Funeral Home, and in 1989, he purchased the Round Lake Funeral Home. After 125 years, the funeral home was relocated in 2008 and renamed the Justen Funeral Home & Crematory. In the 1980s, Mark began serving with the Illinois Disaster Response Team through the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. After its merger with the federal Disaster-Mortuary Operational Response Team (D-MORT), Mark was activated to serve on the response teams for several major fatality incidents, such as Hurricane Katrina, American Eagle Flight 4184 crash, and the Bourbonnais train derailment, as well as the World Trade Center terrorist at-tack on 9/11/2001. He was deployed to NYC, where he worked in Logistics Management for the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, where he helped with the receiving and intake of the victims' remains. He assisted in setting up the ancillary offices (where he earned the name "Mayor of 30th Street"); inventory management and multiple other duties, including assisting in setting up Memorial Park which stored the victims' remains.