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Mark Nelson Tolsted

May 24, 1973 ~ April 23, 2021 (age 47)


Madison, WI – Mark Nelson Tolsted, 47, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, April 23, 2021. He was born in La Crosse WI on May 24, 1973, the son of Bernice (Nelson) and David Tolsted. He grew up in the Northwoods of Rhinelander WI. After graduating from Rhinelander High School in 1991 he attended the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, graduating with a degree in Art with emphasis in Graphic Design. It was there where he met his beloved wife Kara in an Art History class.

Mark was a kind, talented man with a sense of humor that could be seen in his artwork and social media posts. Nothing made Mark happier than bird hunting with his pointing dog Floyd, fishing with family, attending music events and camping with his wife and friends. He enjoyed watching WI sports, wood carving, cribbage and tennis.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kara; parents, David and Bernice Tolsted of Rhinelander WI; sister Christine Tolsted Tummett, nephew, Ryder of Minneapolis, MN; father and mother in-law, Ken and Mary Jo Haugom of Edgerton WI; brother in-law, Darin (Kate) Haugom; nephews, Aidan, Evan; niece, Kaia of Brookfield WI; godchild, Lizzy Meyer of Minneapolis MN and many other relatives.

A private Blessing of Ashes will be held on Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at Ryan Funeral Home. For friends and family to share memories, there will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, July 9th, 2021 from 4:00 PM until sunset at Burrows Park, Madison WI.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial for a park bench will be established in Mark’s name.

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Celebration of Life
July 9, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Burrows Park
25 Burrows Road
Madison, WI 53704
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