Mark  V. Sweeney passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Sanford Health.

Mark  V. Sweeney was born to Eugene S. Sweeney Senior and Edna B. Sweeney on December 28, 1931 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He grew up there, attending St. Luke’s grade school and Cretin High School before moving with his family to Fargo, ND. Mark graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1949. He then attended the University of St. Thomas, graduating in 1953.  Mark served in the Air Force from 1954-1956 and married Lenore Ripka on July 24, 1954 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Mark joined Sweeney Brothers Tractor Company in 1956, in Fargo, ND where the couple raised their seven children. Mark served as President of SBTC for the better part of 40 years. Mark was very dedicated to and very involved with the Fargo Catholic Schools. He served on numerous Catholic School Boards and was a member of the National Association Board of Education.

He was a director of the National Assoc. of Equipment Distributors and made an honorary member of the North Dakota Associated General Contractors (AGC.)

He served on the St. John Hospital Board, Northwestern Savings & Loan Board of Directors, and Associated Equipment Distributors Board.

He is survived by his wife, Lenore and 7 children: Steven (Janice) Sweeney, Minot, ND; Teresa (Rick) Jordan, Germantown, TN; Thomas (Peg) Sweeney, Eagan, MN and their daughters, Samantha, Sara (Tom) Drummer, Robin Arends, Gail (Mark) Bilek,  and Joan Anderson, and Tom and Peg’s grandchildren, Michael, Ricky, Makayla and Max; Sheila (Tim) Waters, Minneapolis, MN, and their children, Margaret and Jacob; Paul (Michele) Sweeney, and their children, Jeffrey and Amy,  David (Marisa) Sweeney, Fargo, ND and daughter, MacKenzie Larson; and Daniel (Brenda) Sweeney, Fargo, ND.

Sisters-in-law, Cecelia (Curt) Handevidt, Jackson, MN. Madonna Sweeney, Peggy Sweeney and Shirley Sweeney, all of Fargo; Aunt Ursula Sweeney, St. Paul, MN and many nieces and nephews.

Mark is preceded by his parents and brothers Gene, Larry and Donald, sister-in-law Mildred Sweeney and grandson, Vincent R. Sweeney.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 710  10th Street South Fargo, ND 58103; The Presentation Sisters, 1101 32nd Avenue South, Fargo, ND 58103 ; JPII Catholic Schools, 5600 25th Street South, Fargo, ND 58104 ; and The University of Mary, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504.

The Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo. Visitation will be in the church from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Thursday. There will be a Rosary Service at Boulger Funeral Home at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday with visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will be at Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.

Mark has been blessed with a long and good life surrounded by family and friends.

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  1. Austin TXWhen the Sweeney boys arrived at the Academy, the quality oif the student body rose.

    Their positive influence will be felt for years to come. Condolences & prayers.

    Jack

  2. Fargo ND
    What a fine man Mr. Mark Sweeney was. He and Lenore were always very kind and I enjoyed seeing them at Masses, funerals and weddings.

  3. moorhead MN
    ” OUR HEARTS ARE WITH YOU “

    Bob Isaac
    Joanne M. Isaac
    Thomas James Isaac
    Matthew John Isaac
    Robert Paul Isaac, JR

    Old Game Room Friend on 7th Street, RBI20 in 63,64,65,66,67,68,69,70,71,72,73

  4. Fergus Falls MN
    Dear Lenore & Family –
    I was so sad to hear of Mark’s passing and my sympathy goes out to each of you.
    Mark was such a kind, thoughtful, and very distinguished gentleman. When traveling past Fergus, he oftentimes would stop by to see my mom, Virginia, or take her out to lunch.
    Mom would get so excited because “Cousin Mark was coming to town!” to see her. The 3 of us kids are so appreciative of the many times Mark took a little “breather from I-94” to brighten our mom’s day.
    Blessed be the Memory of Mark Sweeney.

  5. Moohread Minnesota
    I would like to express my sympathies to your families and to thank you for including Mark’s sister-in-law Mildred Sweeney in the obituary.

    This spoke volumes to me, as I’m sure it does to Mildred’s family.

    May God Bless your memories.

  6. Maple Grove MN
    All of the Sweeney’s are a special part of our lives.
    Mr. Sweeney was a dear friend to us and will be missed. He was a great man that I looked up to, respected and was a dear part of my parents and our family’s lives.
    He will truly be missed.
    God Bless,
    Steve and Roxie Colliton and family.

  7. Fergus Falls MN
    Dear Lenore & Family –
    I was so sad to hear of Mark’s passing and my sympathy goes out to each of you.
    Mark was such a kind, thoughtful, and very distinguished gentleman. When traveling past Fergus, he oftentimes would stop by to see my mom, Virginia, or take her out to lunch.
    Mom would get so excited because “Cousin Mark was coming to town!” to see her. The 3 of us kids are so appreciative of the many times Mark took a little “breather from I-94” to brighten our mom’s day.
    Blessed be the Memory of Mark Sweeney.

  8. Bismarck ND
    Dear Lenore and family,

    I was saddened to learn of Mark’s passing. He was a joy to be around and we had many fun visits at various University of Mary events over the course of my career. While we have not stayed in touch in recent years, I consider him a friend for life. Donna and I offer our sympathy to you and the family in the loss of this great guy.

    May your memories sustain you and provide joy and peace in knowing he is with the Lord and Savior.

    Ernie and Donna Borr
    former, VP of Public Affairs
    U of Mary

  9. Fairport New YorkWe are so sorry for your loss. Mark was truly a wonderful man and exceptional father, grandfather and husband. We have made a donation in his name to The Presentation Sisters. God Bless
    Stephanie and Todd Keech-Anderson

  10. Belle Fourche SDMy sincere sympathy to you, Lenore, and also to your family. He will be greatly missed. I will be thinking of you on Thursday. Love, Bev

  11. Fargo ND
    Dear Lenore and family,

    My prayers are with you as you grieve the death of Mark. He was truly a fine gentleman and a friend to all who knew him. His dedication to his God and Church is for me a memory I shall always cherish and give thanks to God for his presence among us. God bless all of you.l

  12. minneapolis mnSweeney Family ( and especially my dear friend Teresa),

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    God’s Blessings,
    Meg

  13. Dear Lenore and family,
    I send my prayerful sympathy to you all as you say good-by to Mark. I so appreciated his presence at the many University of Mary events in which he participated. What an outstanding faithful servant of God and servant of God’s people. God now welcomes Mark with all the glory due him, with peace, love and joy. May his memory live on in your lives and the lives of all your descendants. Sincerely,

  14. Fargo ND
    I had the distinct honor and pleasure to get to know Mark through his association with Northwewestern Federal Bank. He was a terrific person. Very friendly, honest, considerate, and an all around nice man. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends.
    Carol Udart

  15. Albuquerque NMOur prayers are with the family. May God comfort and give you peace during this difficult time.
    I was a privilege to know your husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

  16. Lenore,
    You, your family, and we friends too, have lost a notable, special, caring, giving person. Mark was very sensitive and compassionate___much beyond what he would not allow himself to admit!! He was intensely devoted to you and the family. His failing health, especially this past year, must have been especially difficult for both of you.
    My best and good fortune to you and your family as you reconcile and move forward from your loss.
    Norm

  17. Fargo ND
    Lenore and families ….. My heart aches for your loss. Mark was such a joy to be around…his smile, his life, his love for you Lenore, and his family. The last 6 months I know have been a difficult journey. God will be beside you, walking you through these days ahead. Have faith, keep a quiet heart, and know that we will be with you too, always ready to help. Love you and surrounding you with prayers.

  18. Germantown TNTeresa, Rick,and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, especially Teresa who we love dearly.
    Our deepest sympathy!
    Jim and Sherril Blair

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