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“I didn't know Mark, in fact I never even met him. I know his amazing mother and have known her for over 30 years. I know Mark through Karen and she...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Kim Fields - MARSHALL, MI

“The world sure lost a good one! Mark was a fabulous person and was always the first to greet with a smile and hug! The trips that we take to...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Shelley Mitchell - Kalamazoo, MI

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Marks family. I have known Mark since the 4th grade. We have been friends ever since. We shared a lot of crazy...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: tracy honeycutt - springfield, MI

“We are so sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God's grace be with you all and his memory continue to...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Kelly & John Jancek - Knoxville, TN

“I heard the news of Mark's passing on Sunday night and was overwhelmed with grief. Mark was one of my closest friends in high school; sweet, funny...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Tanya Leach - New York, NY

“As a travel writer, I stay in many hotels in various parts of the world - and it was always a pleasure to call Mark and book a stay at the Best...Read More »
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Mark Edward Petersen, 47, of Osprey, Florida and formerly of Battle Creek, died Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mark was born March 24,1970 in Battle Creek to Edward T. and Karen M. (Voigt) Petersen. Mark was a 1988 graduate of Pennfield High School and continued his education at Kellogg Community College. Mark moved to Florida in 1995 and has resided in there for the past 22 years. He was employed for the past ten years by Best Western Hotels in Sarasota, Florida, currently as the general manager.

Surviving are his parents, Edward T. Petersen of Battle Creek, Karen M. (Bob) Petersen-Allen of Battle Creek; brother, Eric (Jill) Petersen of Battle Creek - their 2 sons; Grant & Ryne, brother, Ken (Michelle) Petersen of Battle Creek and their 2 daughters, Karlee (Trey) Junkins and Kelly (Nick) Flory. Mark also leaves behind a family of friends who meant the world to him. Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents and two uncles.

Mark enjoyed living near the ocean & appreciated the beautiful sunsets on the Gulf. He enjoyed a good book, dabbled in photography and was an avid concert goer. In particular, he loved to go to large arena shows to see his icons live. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle and friend.

Mark was a true Floridian - but his favorite time to visit his family in Michigan was during the fall. He loved seeing the leaves change color. He will be remembered for his kind heart, his wonderful sense of humor, his sarcastic wit and a smile that would light up a room. Mark was truly loved by many and will remain forever in our hearts.

Remember to take a walk on the beach, watch a sunset with your loved ones and make a toast to enduring friendships lifelong and beyond. That is what Mark would wish for all of us.

Mark's family in Michigan will have a private gathering to remember him and celebrate his life. Mark's family in Florida will host a Celebration of Life in his honor.

Should friends desire, memorials may be sent to the charity of their choice. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.