Mark James Stahl

28 November, 195923 July, 2020

Peoria - Mark James Stahl, 60, of Peoria, passed away at 1:25 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center ER. He was born on November 28, 1959 in Peoria, a son of Duane and Beverly (Mitchell) Stahl. He married Annette Mercer on June 6, 1980 in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Michelle (Shawn) Downey of Creve Coeur and Melissa (Frankie) Stoecker of Washington; seven grandchildren, Franklin, Logan, Bryson, Gavyn, and Camden Stoecker, and Ava and Ayden Downey, and one granddaughter, Autumn Rae Stoecker, due in October; mother, Beverly Stahl of Peoria; sister, Bonnie (Wayne Bolgla) Stahl of Marietta, GA; two brothers, Jaymie (Lynn) Stahl and Adam Stahl, both of Peoria; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; and one granddaughter, Kelsey Stahl.

Mark worked as a courier for Illinois Cancer Care in Peoria since 2017. He previously had worked as an engineer for Caterpillar, Inc., retiring in 2016. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria and the Gentleman's Cigar Society of Central Illinois. He was an avid cyclist and he loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He was a huge St. Louis Cardinals and Denver Broncos fan. He loved a good cigar and a glass of bourbon.

Mark's celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date. Cremation has been accorded. Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois Cancer Care or Alzheimer's Association.

Online condolences may be left for Mark's family at


  • A celebration of life to be held at a later date. Details forthcoming.


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Ricky Kiesling

3 August 2020

Annette, Michelle and Melissa,
I am so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. I have many fond memories of the 4th of July weiner roasts and those lively volleyball games.
Thinking of all of you.

Ricky Streitmatter Kiesling and Bruce

Marina Waters

31 July 2020

Dear Annette,

My biggest condolences on the tragic loss of Mark! He was a great husband, father and grandfather and a very experienced and dedicated employee. He lived his life with the highest integrity. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time.

Marina Waters

Kim Larsh

30 July 2020

My heart goes out to entire family and to everyone who loved Mark. This is such a huge loss. I wish you peace and comfort as you grieve and cherish your fond memories.

Bonnie, please know that your friends love you and are here for you.

Kim (Schaufelberger) Larsh

Gregory Arnold

27 July 2020

Annette and family, Kathy and I are holding you in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

I was shocked, deeply saddened and so angry upon hearing of Mark’s passing. Not only was Mark a co-worker, but indeed a great friend. We shared a common bond having very similar life experiences and as well the belief that life is dynamic and changes. We shared the belief to enjoy and celebrate the good times and to patiently endure the not so good times. Time will bring change; things will get better.

I won’t dwell on the unfairness of the present. Instead, I’ll remember all the great times I experienced with Mark. There will be times when I settle down with a good cigar and glass of bourbon or scotch, I’ll look to the heavens, I’ll thank my God for blessing my life with Mark, I’ll raise my glass and a nod to Mark, and I’ll look forward to the time when I again enjoy these things with Mark.

Robyn and Lois Bolgla

27 July 2020

So saddened by Mark’s passing , our deepest sympathy. We are thinking of you and sending heartfelt condolences. The Bolgla’s/ Merrithew families

Peggy Moyers

27 July 2020

Annette, I am so sorry to hear about Mark I am praying for you and the girls and your family.

Lora Joslyn

27 July 2020

I'm saddened to hear about Mark's passing. We worked together for several years prior to him retiring. We certainly had our challenging discussions but I truly appreciated his straight-forward demeanor and his willingness to push things he felt strongly about. He will certainly be missed.

With heartfelt sympathy,

Lora Joslyn

Ron Stewart

27 July 2020

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Such a shock. With Gods love and all our prayers, we all hope all the best for the family as time goes forward.

Greg Webet

26 July 2020

I got to know Mark at Caterpillar Pontiac.
Enjoyed many similar things. We had several trips to Cardinals and the Reds games with several friends. Mark and I cheered on the Redbirds.
Playing rotating poker games at our homes. Mark was a great person. Until we meet again, RIP my friend.
Prayers to all that knew him.

Bob Williams

26 July 2020

I was deeply saddened to hear about Mark’s passing. No words can express how I felt about Mark and how much of a valued friend he was to me. He was without a doubt one of my best friends and as good a friend as anyone could ever have. From our days at Peoria Central High School where we first met to present day we had many good times over the years. Whether it was getting together with the guys to play the board game Risk, play cork ball, play air hockey, play bubble table hockey, go bowling, go bicycling or go to St. Louis for baseball games and other “fun” activities (LOL), Mark could not have been a better friend. Mark knew the importance of staying active and was doing what he liked to do when he died. I have stayed very active over the years due in part to the times I spent with Mark. Even though I left Peoria many years ago to pursue my career in Information Technology Mark and I stayed in touch. We would always get together when I came home to Peoria to visit. I would always look forward to my visits with Annette and Mark when I came home whether it was going over to their house to visit or meeting up for dinner. And Mark would take the time to stop and visit me when his job or vacation took him on the road and he was near where I was living at the time whether it was in Dallas/Fort Worth or Phoenix. Mark had many circles of friends which speaks volumes as to the kind of person he was.

To Annette and the family I want to pass on my deepest condolences and sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know that Mark was a loving husband, father and grandfather to all of you. To me Mark was a true and genuine friend. I will miss him and I will never forget him.


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