Mark J. Witzke
December 31, 1959 - December 20, 2012
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Mark Witzke, age 52 of Appleton, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday evening, December 20, 2012. Mark was born in Appleton on December 31, 1959, son of the late James Witzke and Lois (Knutson) Witzke who survives. Mark was a graduate of Appleton West High School, and also enrolled in Watchmaking School in…

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Patty Sipple left a message on May 2, 2013:
Mark could all ways find unique and special jewels to peak my interest, and we would "go back and forth" on a reasonable price....and he would all ways say...."Patty, you are hurting me, you are hurting me awful bad".....smiling the whole time.....knowing I would be back again to buy another trinket, or jewelry peice that "I just had to have....." I shall miss him, beyond being a good business man, and all ways ready to bargain.....he was a friend, a good and honest man. To his family, thank-you so very much for sharing him with all of us; Sipples.
Tanya Hulbert-Peterson left a message on May 2, 2013:
Mark was always a great person and neighbor. I was looking forward to going in after the holidays to see if he could somehow manage to make or find a firefighter pendant for my husband.
Dave & Carolyn Thorp left a message on May 2, 2013:
Mark was a great guy and will be sorely missed. Any time we were in Wisconsin we would stop in at Knights to see Mark or Lois. We'll miss Mark terribly and our hearts go out to his family.
Crystal Sutheimer left a message on May 2, 2013:
My sincerest condolences to Mark's family. May you find peace and strength from each other during this difficult time.
Lisa & Jeremy Thyssen left a message on May 2, 2013:
Mark designed my beautiful engagement ring and was always the first person our entire family would visit to buy our jewelry. I also had the pleasure of teaching Chyna piano lessons many years ago! Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
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Don and Pat Ehrenberg left a message on May 2, 2013:
TO THE FAMILY OF: MARK J. WITZKE It is with deep sadness that we learned of Mark's passing. I have known Mark for at least 25-30 years. Way back in the time he worked for Faye Bonnin when she had a small very nice store on Winneconne Avenue in Neenah. It was in the little strip mall where Enterprise Car rental is located. I've followed Mark wherever his talents took him. He was always so pleasant to work with, and he treated me with reasonable prices for top quality merchandise. I'm going to be hard pressed to find another goldsmith with the talent and personality that Mark had. I carried at least 20 of his business cards with me all the time. Whenever someone would ask me where to go for any time of jewelry or design work I'd tell them, Mark Witzke at Knight Jewelers in Appleton. Ironically I was in the process of having Mark work on some small project for me within these last couple of months. I know of many distinguished fine people in executive positions within the Fox Valley that sought out Mark for things extra special. He was always so accommodating. My wife and I are going to miss him dearly. To the entire Witzke family you have our utmost sympathy and prayers. Mark left us way too soon, but we are all better for having known him as a friend, and a fine businessman. May your entire family find solace in the many pleasant memories you have of Mark. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND!!! Don and Pat Ehrenberg - Neenah
Greg Olson left a message on May 2, 2013:
I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of not just a customer, but a friend. Mark and I had alot in common; we are both 52,married since 1984, I have 3 daughters he had 2, we had girls that went to UMD, we both had a love for sports with a friendly Minnesota/Wisconsin rivalry, and we both have over 30 years in the jewelry industry. I spent more time talking sports and keeping up with his girls lives than selling jewelry to him. He was so proud of his girls Jade & Chyna, from them getting their education, dating famous area athletes, being on the rowing team, and Chyna doing a great job working at a hotel and living on her own in Canada. He loved going to visit her there. He was a great jeweler and artisan who won many awards in the industry. I will miss him and my prayers go out to his family.
Jayne Young left a message on May 2, 2013:
Mark was my jeweler ever since I moved to Wi in 1998. I got my wedding ring from him. My pink sapphire and my latest addition, a multi-colored sapphire. In fact, I was just in a few weeks ago and he commented on the fact that all my rings were made by the same designer.I loved shopping there because the service was personal. Mark almost always came out to chat briefly. I liked his low key personality. He always swung me a deal on the price and allowed me to put things on layaway. He made it so easy to shop at Knights. He was very trustworthy, knowledgeable and took care of his customers and their precious jewels. It will be hard to go into the stiore next time, knowing he won't be in the tiny back office, repairing/cleaning the beautiful merchandise. He was a terrific business person. My hearfelt sympathies go to his family and when I look at my pretty rings I will always think of him. He's too young to be gone, just days short of turning 53. I do hope he celebrates in heaven.
Fred & Char Steenis left a message on May 2, 2013:
I lost my engagement/wedding rings after nearly 40 years of marriage. Using records from the purchase date, Mark searched until he found the appropriate stone, placed it in a similar setting, and they were presented to me by my husband at our 40th anniversary celebration. He was a wonderful creative person. May God give you the strength needed as you deal with this unexpected loss. Blessings, Char Steenis
Donna Schuldes left a message on May 2, 2013:
I loved going into Mark's store. He was always friendly and helpful. He and I shared a love for Lake Superior and spoke of it often when I visited the store. I was born in Duluth and lived on Lake Superior, he told me his daughter attended college in Duluth, and he spoke of his finding bottle glass on Park Point where I lived. His passing is a loss for the community as he was a bright light to anyone who entered his store and a fair and honest businessman! Bless all of the Witzke family. Also, the last name is Witzke not Wtizke.
Marian Benz left a message on May 2, 2013:
To Mark's family and friends i send my sincere thoughts and prayers of sympathy. Mark was a wonderful man and will be missed by family. He and his lovely wife were always so kind to my mother Elanor Martin and I greatly appreciated that. Blessings and peace to the family.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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