NEWBERRY, Mich. - Mark H. Pickelman, 74, of Newberry, died Monday December 3, 2012, at his residence.
Born April 6, 1938 in Chico, Calif., son of the late Reverend Clarence and Gertrude (Honold) Pickelman, Mark was a 1959 graduate of Concordia Teacher's College in Riverforest, Ill. He moved to Williamsville, N.Y., where he was a third-grade teacher at a Lutheran school and was also active in the children's drama and performing arts program.
He met and married his wife, the former Darlene Behm, on August 13, 1960 Williamsville, N.Y., and briefly resided in Hyattsville, Md., where he was employed with Prentice Hall Book Company.
Mark H. Pickelman
Mark fell in love with the Upper Peninsula and felt it was a great place to raise his family and start a business so, in 1968, he moved to Newberry with his family and started a successful business career, owning and operating the Hilltop Standard, Total-1-Stop, Pickelman's Pantry and Pickelman's Petro.
Mark's hobbies included reading, traveling, collecting anything and everything but most importantly, spending time with his family and mentoring his children and grandchildren. He was a longtime member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church and attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Newberry.
In addition to his parents, Mark is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Pickelman.
Survivors include his children, Pamela (Steve) Scott, Marc (Annette) Pickelman and Ranae (David) Carlson, all of Newberry; grandchildren Betsy (Micah) DeKorne of Denver, Colo., Amanda and Jessica Scott, Marc and Hollie Pickelman and David and Brent Carlson, all of Newberry; sister Ruth (Tom) Ruppert of Peoria, Ill.; several nieces and nephews.
Per his request, cremation services were accorded. Friends may call at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday December 8, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. A memorial service celebrating the life of Mark H. Pickelman will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Pastor Daniel Clemons. Interment will take place at Forest Home Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church in memory of Mark H. Pickelman.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beau-lieufuneralhome.com
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.