Mark W. Claussen passed away September 5th peacefully at his home in Summit, NJ. He was 66. Born in Orange, NJ to the late Lyle and Shirley Claussen, Mark grew up in New Providence, NJ. After moving to Berkeley Heights at 12, he was a graduate of the Governor Livingston High School Class of 1973. He went on to attend Kean University where he studied to be a teacher of Industrial Arts. It was here during a fine furniture course where he discovered his love for wood-working and appreciation for the work of a craftsman. This developed into a career in custom cabinetry where he worked as the Operations Manager for an independent shop for over 30 years. During this time, he also enjoyed shooting fireworks professionally with Garden State Fireworks, where he traveled all over the tri-state area with friends that became family. Mark then went on to work for Advantage Solutions, a retail subcontractor for Home Depot, where he became beloved in many stores in the NJ/NY area. Most recently, Mark joined the Meat Cutters Union as a Deli Clerk for the Stop & Shop company where he will be missed by many.
Known for his unfaltering work ethic, Mark did everything he could to provide for his family and ensure his children received the best education. He was an honest and kind man, and was happy to know he was making a difference in the world, whether big or small. He made friends wherever he went and always had a story or fun fact to share with those around him. He was truly one of a kind.
Mark leaves behind his wife, Lori, of 43 years. He was the beloved father of Mark Jr. and his wife Michelle Claussen, Victoria and her husband Franklin Reyes, Mary and her wife Beth Garceau. He is also survived by his 4 loving grandchildren, Mark James, Evelyn, Franklin Jr and Noah (who will miss his tickle-monster Pop-Pop dearly). Mark also leaves behind his brother David and sister-in-law Stephanie, niece Bethanie and nephew Zachary. His two loving furry friends, Sunny and TD, will miss him greatly as well.
At this time, the family is planning a private Celebration of Life on September 25th, to pay tribute to Mark and the many lives he touched before being called back to God.