Dr. Mark L. Engelbreth,78 of Appleton, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, June 21st in the loving presence of his family. Mark is survived by his loving wife Barb and their four children. Patrick (Paula) Engelbreth, Dana Quintana, Lee (Ryan) Engelbreth and Jana (Jesse) Engelbreth and eleven grandchildren.
Mark was born on March 10,1944 in Racine, Wisconsin to Ray and Marie “Mitz” Engelbreth. He married the love of his life, Barbara Bacon on March 16th, 1968. Mark graduated from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School of Medicine, St. Paul, MN in June of 1969 so he could pursue his passion for science and animals. He and Barb then moved to Neenah, Wisconsin in July of 1969 where he dedicated much of his time and energy to fulfilling his dream of building his own veterinary practice. As the owner of Appanasha Pet Clinics, he practiced veterinary medicine for 40 years. Mark spent every day doing what he loved the most until he retired in 2009. He shared his tender heart and compassion with countless animals and owners for decades.
When Mark wasn’t working at the clinic you could find him sitting with Barb on the porch of their cabin in northern Wisconsin. After retirement, they spent most of the time at their lake cabin where he loved to fish, bear hunt, and feed the deer that came onto the property. He delighted in being able to show his grandchildren all the beauty of the north woods and teach them to always be respectful of all the wildlife that called the north woods their home.
He was an amazing man, husband, and father who had a great sense of humor and felt that each day was a gift! All those who knew him understood how important his family was and that his heart was filled with love and compassion for his family, friends, and the countless number of animals he treated during his time in practice. He will be dearly missed.
A memorial gathering in celebration of Mark’s life will be held at the KESSLER-FAHRENKRUG FUNERAL HOME, 304 S. Commercial St., Neenah on Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m.
A private memorial will be held up north at a later date where his family can celebrate his life at the place he loved most.
Our family would also like to express our deepest gratitude to Ascension at Home Care and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital & Hospice for their compassion and outstanding medical care that was given to Mark over the past several months.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to a humane society of your choice or The Boys & Girls Brigade Neenah/Menasha in his memory. For online condolences, please visit: www.kesslerfh.com.