Mari L. Behnke, 60, Eden, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at St. Agnes Hospital.
She was born on Aug. 27, 1957, in Waupun, the daughter of Michael and Marlene Mannigel Marks. She was a graduate of Waupun High School, class of 1975. Mari earned her associate’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac in 1977. She later graduated from University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor of science degree in animal science. After graduating, she was a horse show judge, trainer and riding instructor for 20 years. Mari was active in 4-H as a member, horse leader, and an assistant music director.
On Feb. 3, 1996, she married her partner, Scott P. Behnke, in Waupun at the Union Congregational Church.
Mari was a postal clerk for Oakfield before becoming postmaster for Van Dyne, Malone, Mt. Calvary and St. Cloud. She retired in April 2016.
She attended Edgewood Church in Waupun, was a member of Lighthouse Fishing Club, Manitowoc Kennel Club, National Association of Postmasters of the United States. Mari loved working with “Produce With Purpose Farm,” was a master gardener and an avid walker for various causes.
She is survived by her husband Scott Behnke of Fond du Lac; stepchildren: Matthew (Sarah) Behnke and their children Miles and Paul, Taryn M. Behnke of Fond du Lac; her loving mom Marlene and stepfather Dick Malter of Waupun; two brothers: Mick (Julie) Marks of Beaver Dam and their children (Mari’s Godchildren) Kevin and Kelly Marks and Aaron Marks of Minneapolis; three stepbrothers and stepsisters: Becky (Jamie) Maly of Waupun, Kevin (Lucy) Malter of Fond du Lac and Patty (Jim) Franke of Horicon; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sue and Bob Brockman of Verona; brother-in-law Stacy Behnke of Fond du Lac; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Tag.
She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Marks, stepbrother Nick Malter and sister-in-law Angie Behnke.
Friends may call on Monday, Oct. 2, from 4-8 p.m. at Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 31 E. Division St., Fond du Lac, and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Edgewood Community Church, 609 Thomas St., Fond du Lac.
A celebration of Mari’s life will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. at Edgewood Community Church, 609 Thomas Street, Fond du Lac, with Pastor Jeremy Thompson officiating. A luncheon will follow the funeral service.
She was an avid Packers, NASCAR and Badgers fan. Mari was a people person with a vibrant personality and heart of gold. Her unselfish personality led her to donate her organs so others can live. She would be the first person to help her family and friends. She loved her Lord and prayed for those in need. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Mari’s name.
Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family, kurkimachfuneralchapel.com.