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Mark P. Mooney, 60

Mark Paul Mooney, age 60, of Loretto, died Monday, March 12, 2012.

He was born May 6, 1950, to Paul Thomas Mooney and Florence Evelyn (Welton) Mooney in St. Cloud.

Mark grew up in Maple Lake, attending St. Timothy grade school, and was a member of the first class to graduate from the “new” Maple Lake High School in 1968.

He served honorably in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

Mark always had a love for horses, which led him to ride in the Wright Saddle Club, and then the Buffalo Saddle Club. But his real horse stories came from his years of chariot racing – both thoroughbreds and ponies on the track at county fairs and the pony chariots at the Buffalo Rodeo. Mark’s gentle nature around people was even more evident when he was with horses; he could make them behave when their owners couldn’t.

Sharing a mutual love for horses, Mark met, and later wed Marlys Daluge May 27, 1972.

In 1976, Mark and Marlys moved to the Loretto/Greenfield area, where Mark was able to continue his passion of “playing with the horses.” He instilled his love of horses in his four children, Marilyn, Melanie, Martin, and Meghan.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Florence Mooney; and a brother-in-law, Lester Daluge.

He is survived by his wife, Marlys; his children, Marilyn (Jamie) Fontaine, Melanie Mooney, Martin Mooney (Emily Beaudry), and Meghan Mooney (Kyle Seiler); grandchildren Kate, Nathan, and Erin Fontaine, and Mason Mooney; a sister, Mary (Bob) Pribyl. brothers-in-law and sisters-in law Orville and Shelley Daluge, Warren and Sally Daluge, and Marilyn and Farrell Hart; many nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

Services took place Friday, March 16 at Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield, with interment in the church cemetery.

Casket bearers were Tom Bermel, Mike Berthiaume, Ron Doboszenski, Rick Reinking, Pat Walker. and Tom Ward.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo handled the arrangements.