Mark Tatro Obituary – Death : We are deeply saddened to learn that 71-year-old Mark Tatro of Appleton, Wisconsin passed away on Saturday October 2, 2021 after courageously fighting a long battle with cancer. It was reported that he died leaving families, friends and loved ones in great grief and fear.
He was a perfect example of what it means to be a wonderful person. He had a calming presence and was extremely kind, he touched the hearts of so many, and was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.
Causes of Mark Tatro’s Death…
According to our source, Mark Tatro has been battling with severe cancer for some years before he finally gave up the fight. Investigation is still on-going to know the actual cause of death.
Mark will be especially missed by his blended family. His partner, Susan Vandehey, and their children: Tara Ellenbecker, Shaena (Jamie) Van Handel, Chris (Brett) Terry, Sara (Jason) Kelderman; grandchildren: Claire Ellenbecker, Avery Ellenbecker, Taylor Van Handel, Abigail Van Handel, Hannah Van Handel, Isabelle Van Handel, Robert Dix, Alexa Terry, Carley Terry, Maverik Kelderman, Gannon Keough, Paxton Kelderman, Nora Keough; his siblings: Nancy (Wayne) Steinbach, Pat (Dennis) Dercks, Michael (Bernedette) Tatro and many nieces and nephews. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Henry “Bud” and Patricia Tatro; brother, Stephen “Beaver” Tatro; grandparents: Peter and Elizabeth Tatro, William and Margaret Hietpas.
As everyone knows, he leaves behind the pride & joy of his existence, families and friends. His loss will have a significant impact on our entire college community. Missy Runyan’s commitment to his loved ones and his love of learning has forever positively impacted the lives of many.
The little reminders that cause tears today will turn into little reminders that make us sad and then those little reminders will eventually make us smile and remember Mark just as he would have wanted us to-with love, a grin and maybe a cold one.
Who Was Mark Tatro ?
Mark Peter Tatro was born in July 4, 1950. He graduated from Kaukauna High School in 1968 where he was on the Basketball and Track teams. It was there that he developed many of his life-long friendships; especially with the VanZeeland family who thought of him as one of their own.
Mark worked as a machinist at Giddings and Lewis until their closing. It was then that Mark found his true passion in the restaurant business. Mark tended bar at the Out-of-Town Club and the Lox Club and then joined the Salm family at the Darboy Club.
He worked there for 15 years before becoming a co-owner. Mark was extremely proud of the legacy he helped build and the life long memories made for many in the community at the Darboy Club. He helped so many people over the years celebrate the most important moments of their lives, not to mention serving the best fish and chicken in the valley.
Mark loved the outdoors. Mark and Susi, his partner of 36 years, built a beautiful home on the west shore of Lake Poygan. He especially loved floating on the pontoon, with a pole in the water, while listening to a Brewers game. As he got older, golf became his passion. His weekly game with his buddies is what he looked most forward to. He loved watching his grandkids play numerous sports and Susi’s home cooking.
Funeral Arrangements / Visitation
Visitation for Mark will be held on Sunday evening, October 10, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 411 Vandenbroek Street, Little Chute. Visitation will continue at the church on Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.