Mark A. Grote, age 59, of Marshall, formerly of Reedsburg, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at U.W. Hospital in Madison. He was born in Reedsburg on March 6, 1953, the son of the late Howard and Arlene (Wollschlager) Grote. Mark graduated from Reedsburg High School with honors in 1971. Mark took a leadership role in everything he did. His High School career included lead rolls in all the theatrical productions that won him The Best Actors Award. As a Junior he was class president and on the Prom Court. He was a member and president of The Loyalty Council, The Latin Club, Thespians, Key Club and History Reading Member. Mark was in Varsity Basketball and a percussionist in the School Band. Mark received the Arvold Award and scholarship for outstanding citizen. Mark went on to graduate from UW-Madison in 1978, with a degree in English Literature. He was united in marriage to Anita Hooverson on June 25, 1983. Mark was a co-owner of Grote & Sons Painting Contractors, where he took a leadership roll as the controller for the business and became a Board of Trustees member for the health and welfare, pension and apprenticeship funds for the Painters Union.
He is survived by his wife, Anita; four children, Rachel (Manuel) Arguijo, Leah Grote, Andy Gill and Stacy Gill; four grandchildren, Andrew Jr., Atreyu, Kyla and Arya; four siblings, Russ (Marla) Grote, Rich (Sandy) Grote, Ann Grote and Kurt Grote; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at HOOVERSON FUNERAL HOME, 251 Water St., Sauk City, at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service.