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Obituary for Mark E. Wege


Mark Edward Wege passed away July 22, 2019 at Gundersen Lutheran Health System, La Crosse. He was born September 14, 1945 to Frederick and Evelyn (Neumann) Wege in La Crosse. As a child, the family farmed in rural West Salem. He graduated eighth grade from the Pleasant Valley Grade School near home with three other classmates. The school had students grades 1-8. He later graduated from West Salem High School Class of 1963. In 1964, he married Cynthia Marten of West Salem. Together they built their house on the corner of the home farm where Mark lived until his passing. Mark and Cindy were blessed with two children Tronda and Tait before divorcing. They however remained close friends. In 1965 Mark began his career with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. His career gave him great satisfaction for the next 35 years. Starting at the bottom as a "Rear Chainman" and ending his career as a "Survey Coordinator" in charge of several crews, Mark was extremely proud to have worked his entire career in the Survey Department..The changes in technology always amazed him, starting with slide rules to calculators to computers to triangulation stations finally to GPS, he learned them all. In 1988 he married Denise "Dino" (Shaller) Stugen. They enjoyed many years together traveling many miles on numerous motorcycle excursions. The best trip included traveling out west through the mountains. They also cruised the Canadian Rockies, south to the Tettons, the Bighorns, Mount Rushmore and many points in between. They also enjoyed simply sitting on their front porch watching their flower gardens blossom. After 18 years of marriage, "Dino" passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. After her death Mark and Cindy later rekindled their former affection for one another and lived happily ever after in the home they originally built together. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and "Dino". According to his wishes he was cremated and buried in a private ceremony with close family.