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Rev. Mark A.  Fracaro
  • St. Dennis Church Deaf Apostolate Ministry
    1214 S. Hamiton Street
    Lockport, IL 60441
  • Diocese of Joliet
    16555 Weber Road
    Crest Hill, IL 60403

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“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...Read More »
1 of 57 | Posted by: Craig and Trudi Corkery - IL

2 of 57 | Posted by: Craig and Trudi Corkery - IL

“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...Read More »
3 of 57 | Posted by: Hugh/Carolyn Fung - Carol Stream, IL

“Father Mark was a great man. My band played for him at two of his parishes, St. Jude& Minooka. Larry Robinson, Joliet ”
4 of 57 | Posted by: Larry Robinson - joliet, IL

“For a kind and thoughtful man. May he rest in peace. May the dear Lord be at his side for all of eternity. ”
5 of 57 | Posted by: Sue Duffy-(Grubba) - FL - Family

“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....Read More »
6 of 57 | Posted by: Sarah & Ernie Manz - Marseills, IL

“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,...Read More »
7 of 57 | Posted by: sandra drendel - Fort Collins, CO

“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...Read More »
8 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
9 of 57 | Posted by: Sue and Dan Menegon - Joliet, IL

“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...Read More »
10 of 57 | Posted by: Laura Fornal - Wheaton, IL

“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...Read More »
11 of 57 | Posted by: Jim & Tita Brady - Friend

“We made a contribution to Father Marks hat collection while he was volunteering at St. Joseph's in Lockport.! Everyone enjoyed his heartfelt homilies...Read More »
12 of 57 | Posted by: Diane Meader Schenk - Lockport, IL

“Father Mark will be missed by all. He was such a treasure. ”
13 of 57 | Posted by: Pat Evans - Lockport, TN - Friend

“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...Read More »
14 of 57 | Posted by: Gerry Cload - New Port Richey, FL

“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...Read More »
15 of 57 | Posted by: Jo Slowik - Joliet, IL - Friend

“I was impressed with his involvement with Deaf Catholic community. He is a wonderful preist. Thank you, Father Mark Fracaro. He will be missed. ”
16 of 57 | Posted by: Sharon Di Guido - Joliet, IL

“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...Read More »
17 of 57 | Posted by: Jack and Peggy Crotty - IL

“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...Read More »
18 of 57 | Posted by: Georgene Jarecki - Romeoville, IL

“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...Read More »
19 of 57 | Posted by: Susan Bertani - Joliet, IL

“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...Read More »
20 of 57 | Posted by: Judy Martis - Lockport, IL

“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...Read More »
21 of 57 | Posted by: Sr. Maureen Langton - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
22 of 57 | Posted by: William McMillin - Joliet, IL

“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...Read More »
23 of 57 | Posted by: Rick and Carole Onik - Homer Glen, IL

“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...Read More »
24 of 57 | Posted by: Rae Williams - Bolingbrook, IL

“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...Read More »
25 of 57 | Posted by: Kris Klugiewicz - Minooka, IL

“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...Read More »
26 of 57 | Posted by: Mary E. Bell - Romeoville, IL

“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...Read More »
27 of 57 | Posted by: Lori Toepper - Manteno, IL

“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...Read More »
28 of 57 | Posted by: William , Ethel , and family Neese - IL

“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...Read More »
29 of 57 | Posted by: Dr. Gaile & Mr. Henry Nellett - IL

“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...Read More »
30 of 57 | Posted by: Gina Abbeduto - Henderson, NV

“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...Read More »
31 of 57 | Posted by: Richard & Cathy Burns - Auburn, NY

“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. ”
32 of 57 | Posted by: Dina Cload Lindemann - Niles, IL

“I will miss receiving his "Christmas card" in April! ”
33 of 57 | Posted by: Maxine Wallis - McPherson, KS

“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! ”
34 of 57 | Posted by: Maxine Wallis - McPherson, KS

“St Dennis and Lockport a poorer place with loss. Heaven a richer place with his addition. ”
35 of 57 | Posted by: Bob Murphy - Lockport, IL

“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...Read More »
36 of 57 | Posted by: Ellen Collins - Elkader, IA

“God bless Fr. Mark Fracaro. Thank you for your commitment and service to God and our Church. You will be blessed in Heaven. ”
37 of 57 | Posted by: Cheryl Dillman - Naperville, IL

“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. ”
38 of 57 | Posted by: Howard Oller - Lockport, IL

“Our Azzarello family has know Father Mark, like forever. He was part of our family celebrations. My parents served communion with him at St....Read More »
39 of 57 | Posted by: Cathy Azzarello - FL - Friend

“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...Read More »
40 of 57 | Posted by: Chuck Severson - Lockport, IL

“This was the friendliest Priest. Once he meet you her didn't forget you. He will be missed so much. RIP Fr. Mark. ”
41 of 57 | Posted by: Linda Olvera - Rockdale, IL

“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...Read More »
42 of 57 | Posted by: Betty Kinsella - Port Richey

“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...Read More »
43 of 57 | Posted by: MARY LYNCH MARLER - Lockport, IL

“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. ...Read More »
44 of 57 | Posted by: Fran Rogers - Kenilworth, IL

“Our condolences for the loss of Father Mark who was an inspiration to us all. ”
45 of 57 | Posted by: Judy Posego - Lockport, IL

“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...Read More »
46 of 57 | Posted by: Virginia Stevens - Wilmington, IL

“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...Read More »
47 of 57 | Posted by: Helen Johnson - Shorewood, IL

“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...Read More »
48 of 57 | Posted by: Rev. Marcia Urban - Des Plaines, IL

“So sorry to hear of Father Mark's passing. Was a wonderful priest ”
49 of 57 | Posted by: Chris Ochota - Minooka, IL

“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...Read More »
50 of 57 | Posted by: Sandy Altiery - Braidwood, IL

“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...Read More »
51 of 57 | Posted by: Veronica Burciaga Brogan - IL

“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...Read More »
52 of 57 | Posted by: Holly Karner - Minooka, IL

“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. ...Read More »
53 of 57 | Posted by: Beth Van Duyne-Norman - IL

“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...Read More »
54 of 57 | Posted by: Ginny Beaton - Lockport, IL

“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...Read More »
55 of 57 | Posted by: Kim West - Homer Glen, IL

“Fr. Mark and his hats will be missed by all. ”
56 of 57 | Posted by: Virginia and Robert Guertin - IL

“You will be greatly missed cousin.Michael, Katherine and Theron Hall ”
57 of 57 | Posted by: Michael Hall - Valparaiso, IN

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Rev. Mark A. Fracaro
Rev. Mark A. Fracaro, age 74, lifelong resident of Lockport, IL. entered into eternal life on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Fr. Mark retired after 49 years of serving in the Joliet Diocese. Beloved brother of Frances Jeanne (late Jim) Ciambor; loving uncle of James Andrew Ciambor, Cassady N. Ciambor, Thomas A. Ciambor, Jami Lynn Ciambor and Suzanne Lee; also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Anthony J. and Sofia A. Fracaro (Demonja), brother Robert A. (late Elizabeth "Betty") Fracaro, grandparents Bartolo and Antonia Fracaro and Marko and Draginja (Todorovic), and nephew James J. Ciambor. Fr. Mark attended St. Dennis School in Lockport, Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago and St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore (the first seminary in the US). He was Ordained May 27, 1967, and assigned to 9 parishes and 2 educational assignments during his 49 years of Priesthood. In 1976, Bishop Blanchette asked Fr. Mark to help with the Deaf Apostolate Ministry and soon after became the head of this Ministry and lifelong member. Involved with Youth Ministries and recently returned from his 8th trip to World Youth Day in Poland. Sponsor of many children overseas and in the United States. He was member and supporter of an incredible number of charitable organizations, including honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. Mark gave generously from his heart, and continued giving after death through the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. Mark was a true example of someone who chose to live a simple and humble life serving others as God has asked of us. " For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Mt 25: 35-36. Mark was an avid theater, movie and opera attender. He performed in numerous parish shows and drama groups in the area. Mark's sister, Fran also a registered nurse, would like to thank the nursing staff in the ICU at Silver Cross Hospital for their wonderful, kind and compassionate care of her brother. She also would like to thank his doctors especially Dr. Joseph Hindo, his physician and friend of more than thirty years. Thank you to Mark's friend, private duty nurse and advocate Kimberly Cast. Also thank you to Mark's St. Dennis Parish Family for their unending love and support. The family will receive friends at St. Dennis Catholic Church, 1214 S. Hamilton St., Lockport, IL 60441 on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 2:00 to 8:00PM. Lying in State on Monday, September 12, 2016 from 8:00AM to 10:30AM with a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00AM. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park, Joliet, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Dennis School Endowment Fund, St. Dennis Church-Deaf Apostolate Ministry, or the Diocese of Joliet would be appreciated. Info or 815-838-1533