Obituary of Mark Francis Talarico
Mark F. Talarico was born May 24, 1956, in Joliet IL and passed May 2, 2022, at the age 65. Over his life Mark lived in multiple places around the country. Graduating from Southern Illinois University and immediately moving to Missouri for his first job. He also lived in California, Florida and then back to the Chicago area for the last 20 years.
As a young man Mark was a champion wrestler. He was a lifelong fitness and body building enthusiast. His professional life was varied, from the pharmaceutical industry to gym ownership and even a horse farm. Most meaningful and rewarding to him however was what he focused on last, helping people. Mark accomplished something most couldn’t. He went back to school and earned his PhD in phycology at the age of 49. Then worked at the VA helping veterans cope with their challenges. Mark faced his own challenges with courage, perseverance, and fortitude, and always showed gratitude for his blessings.
Mark was an active volunteer with the Catholic church and with the homeless effort in Chicago. Additionally, he mentored several young men, improving their lives with his guidance and kindness.
Mark loved his family and was particularly proud of his daughter and grandchildren, bringing them up in practically every conversation. Those that knew Mark well were the beneficiaries of his many long conversations.
Mark Talarico is survived by his daughter, Nicole Stewart (Nicholas) and his grandchildren, Ethan Stewart and Harper Stewart. He is also survived by his brothers, Chris Talarico (Dawnia) and Gary Talarico (Susan). He was preceded in death by his parents, Norma Jean Talarico and Frank Talarico.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Mark Talarico will be celebrated on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., at the Church of St. Jude, 2212 McDonough St., Joliet, IL where the family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to the Mass. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville.
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information, please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com
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