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Mark Syfert, 60, of Kirkland passed away at Alden Park Strathmoor, Rockford on Monday, June, 12, 2017. The son of Ron Syfert and Anna Faye (Bigler) Podgorski, he was born on October, 3, 1956. In 1977, he married his best friend Sandra (Steinway) in Elgin, IL.
For many years, Mark worked proudly as a Machinist and farmer. He was a very active member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows which was "a way of life" for Mark. He also was a member of the NRA. Mark also enjoyed his motor cycle, farming, fishing, hunting, especially target shooting with his good friends. Everyone will miss his vegetable stand that brought joy to many. He is locally famous as the "Pig Man" because of his pig roasts and amazing bar-b-que sauce. Mark was an inspiration to all. Throughout his life he selflessly donated over eight gallons of blood. He was a great family man who enjoyed his grandchildren very much and will be missed by many.
Here to cherish his memory is his wife, Sandra; son, Jason (Lataya) Syfert and daughter, Jodie (James)Toczylowski; mother, Anna Faye Podgorski, grandchildren, Makayla, Makenzie, and Grayson Syfert, Mary, Anna, and Katie Toczylowski; siblings, Lori Owen, Sherry Posch, Shelly Breimer, Robert Garramone, and Ken Garramone.
Preceding him in death is his father, Ron Syfert; grandson, Henry Lucas Toczylowski; paternal grandparents, Homer and Lois Syfert; maternal grandparents, Ken and Mildred Torp, and stepfather, Tom Podgorski.
An Oddfellow service followed by a traditional ceremony celebrating Mark's life with Mike Breimer officiating, will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Olson-Quiram Kirkland Chapel, 309 S. Fifth St., Kirkland at 7:00 PM. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM at Olson-Quiram Kirkland Chapel before the service. Memorials can be sent to Independent Order of Oddfellows, Lodge 105, Sycamore. The family would especially like to thank all their friends and family who have rallied around them in support for the last six months. Also heart-felt thanks to the Oddfellows and Rebeka's.

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  1. Ranae Z

    So sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to each of the family members. May all the memories bring light into your lives.

  2. Charley& Judy Kuhn

    So very sorry to hear about Mark we did not no him well but the times we did talk with him we new he was a terrific person. Our hearts go out to Sandy &her family

  3. Heather G.

    I am so sorry for your loss. He left us too soon and can't even believe he's gone. Had so many great memories, fishing in Minnesota and riding on the back of his motorcycle at campgrounds when I was a kid and going to your house all the time to see you guys and Tasha (horse) and watching him shoot in the back and walked through the barn with a deer hanging from the ceiling which was a scary site for a 14 yo. He will be missed dearly.

  4. Mark Preston, Noble Grand of Sacramento #2 in Sacramento, California

    My condolences go out to Brother Mark's family and those that knew him. RIP in F.L.& T. Brother.

  5. Carol McDowell

    I am so sorry Faye . You're grieving for Mark and Tom now. Hopefully time will help , but not righ now. I understand the loss of husband and son. Mark sure seemed loved by many many friends.

  6. Sharon Hund

    I did not know your husband personally but you have shared many memories. He is in the arms of the Angels

  7. Grant & Terri Dudar

    Mark will be missed by so many but will be remembered as a very strong man. Our thoughts and Prayers are with Sandy and the whole Syfert family now and in the days ahead. May you find comfort in your many happy memories until you meet again.

  8. John & Sandra Andersen

    We are so sorry for your loss. Mark will be missed so much and by so many people.

  9. PGM, Gr. Rep., Rich Herring

    Mark was a good man and a fine Odd Fellow. The entire order will miss him.

  10. Mark Schwabe

    My heartfelt condolences to the Syfert Family. Mark is a great Brother and Friend. Ride with God....FL&T

  11. Jim and Lisa Jindrich.

    We are so so sorry for your loss. Ride high with the Angels Mark.

  12. Lyndall Pigg PGM

    So sorry to learn of the passing of Brother Mark. My deepest sympathy and prayers for the family.

  13. VG

    My condolences to the family of Mark Steven Syfert. Though you do not know me, please know that others care about your distress. Death is an enemy that take those we love and leave much hurt and emptiness of heart. Take comfort in knowing that our loving Creator cares for us and knows our pains. Psalm 147:3 tells us: "He (Almighty God) heals the brokenhearted and He binds up their wounds."

  14. Ed and Robin Cook

    Sandy, we are so sorry about Mark's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Jim Turner

    Sandy, I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Jerry/Arlene Conroy

    Mark was not just a best friend he was like a brother I never had. We had many great times together. You will not be forgotten you will live on in our hearts and many fond memories.

  17. Ron Moles

    We are so saddened by your loss. Our prayers are with your family. If we can do anything, just ask.

  18. Robert Gatchell PGM

    Rest well brother.

  19. PNG Douglas Hawk

    Sandy, so sorry to hear of brother Mark's passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family! FL&T

  20. Jim Fite

    So Deeply Sorry For Your Loss My Thoughts and Prayers are With You and Your Family

  21. sherry garrity

    oh my god! Soo sorry !

  22. Jan and Tony

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all

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