Mark Firmand

May 7, 1954October 23, 2013

Peoria, IL

Mark R. Firmand, 59, of Peoria, passed away at 11:14 pm on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born May 7, 1954 in Peoria, IL to Alfred and Angie (Jones) Firmand.  He married Kathy Needham on January 3, 1981 in Peoria, IL who survives.

Also surviving are his parents of Peoria Heights, 2 sons, Alex and Nick Firmand, 2 brothers, Mike (Nita) Firmand of Aurora, IL and Matt (Ali) Firmand of Urbana, IL; 2 sisters, Donita (Dave) Fox of Bourbonnais, IL and Dianna (Helmut) Schuenemann of Boulder Junction, WI; 10 nieces and nephews, and 4 great nieces and nephews.

Mark worked as an Imaging Specialist with Multi-Ad Services for 32 years before retiring in 2013.  He was a loving husband and devoted father.  He was an accomplished artist who loved gardening, landscaping, and music.

Cremation will be accorded. Visitation will be Friday November 1, at Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton funeral chapel from 4-8pm.  Celebration of life will be Saturday November 2, at St. Thomas Church in Peoria Heights, IL at 10am.  A reception will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude.


  • Visitation Friday, November 1, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 2, 2013

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Kitty Ryan

November 1, 2013

Dear Kathy, I cannot begin to express how deeply my sympathy runs for you, your boys and other family members. Such a tremendous loss, my heart is just breaking for you and yours. Mark has been one of my favorite people for over 50 years now, since grade school days at St. Thomas. He was always an angel in front of the nuns. But with their backs to the class—well, not so much. In high school he was a shining example of how to treat fellow classmates. So kind to everyone, no matter how popular or how “nerdy” they might have been considered by other classmates. He seemed to instinctively understand that every kid had feelings—and he would never dream of hurting them. Kind of a rarity in those fragile-ego teen years, I think. I also had the privilege of working with Mark in later years at Multi-Ad. He remained true to his inner core. He was kind to all, fun to be around and talk to, remained easy going—and continued to warm hearts with his never ending smile. And everyone there loved him for it. Mark's earthly presence will be missed by me, and his other former classmates and co-workers, and anyone else he crossed paths with I'm sure. He was a special person. Mark lived like he meant it—he was here. And I will remember his kind soul always.

Keith Pillischafske

October 31, 2013

I met Mark in the early 70's we probably had more fun than we should have. The thing I will always remember about Mark is the way he treated everyone around him. I have not seen Mark in sometime but think of him and good old days often. I am so sorry Kathy and family. Thoughts and Prayers to all.

William Gress

October 30, 2013

Mark Firmand was one man that was an inspiration to me growing up. It was the way the guy handled himself and treated others. I believe it came from the way he was brought up . It is something many people that I know would be better people had they learned and practiced that, myself included. This has always stuck with me. It is something for me that takes work. Mark just had that naturally. I hate it when we lose the good guys. My condolences to his wife, Kathy, and his family.

Sharon Conlee

October 30, 2013

I worked with Mark at Multi Ad several years ago. He always had a gentle, kind spirit about him. Very soft spoken and a fantastic smile. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers are with his family at this time. I am sure he is standing next to Our Lord smiling down on all of us. He will be dearly missed by many.

Jennifer Schmitt

October 29, 2013

I am so sorry to hear this. Mark was one of those special people who touched everyone he encountered. Always happy, smiling & never negative. I will forever remember his kind, gentle words and how he always smiled.
God be with you in this time of pain. Praying He replaces the pain with wonderful memories in a quick time frame.
The entire Schmitt family sends their love.

Jeff Johnson

October 28, 2013

I worked with Mark at Multi-ad as his Imaging Director and was lucky enough to have many one on one conversations and therefore know this man will be missed. Kathy I have heard many times about you and your children he was happy and proud of you all. God Bless you and your family!

Kitty Ryan

October 28, 2013

On behalf of the Bergan High School class of 1972, we extend our deepest sympathies to Kathy (also our cherished classmate), and all of Mark's family and friends. In high school (and grade school as a St. Thomas Comet), Mark was truly liked by all, and loved dearly by those who knew him well. We were all blessed to have him touch our lives, and will miss and never forget his easy going way, kind heart and never ending smile. We send this passage to honor Mark as he enters his eternal world: May the sun shine upon you, All love surround you, And the pure light within you, Guide your way home. Peace be with you, Mark. Your classmates will remember you always.

Randolph Smith

October 28, 2013

Mark was one of those special people who made life worth living. Always willing to be a friend and share a smile. My prayers go out to his family and to the rest of us who will miss him so.

October 28, 2013

I went to high school with Mark for the time he was at Bergen then had the privilege of working with him for 20 plus years at Multi-Ad. He was the same there as he had been in high school, a genuinely humble man with a sweet funny disposition. I will miss his wonderful smile and "Hi Angi" whenever I saw him. Kathy, I am so sorry and my prayers for you & your boys' peace will continue. I am so glad to have known him. -Angi Burns

Leslie Lutz

October 28, 2013

I had the blessing and privilege of being Mark's nurse and knew him for only a few short months. He was an amazing, kind, humble man and I am so,so glad to have known him. Thank you, Mark, my friend. I will always remember you.
Kathy, what a wonderful, devoted wife you were to Mark. You always had his best interest in mind and always respected what he wanted first. You are an example I will not forget. I am thinking and praying for you and for all of the family. I know you miss him greatly and I'm so sorry.
Love, Leslie