Mark Aberle, age 60, Noblesville, died Monday, May 9, 2011, following a valiant three year battle with cancer - a warrior to the end. He was born January 14, 1951, in Pittsburgh, PA, to Francis John and Edith (Pugne) Aberle and moved to Indiana during his grade school years.
Mark graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne in 1968, and received degrees from Indiana University in 1972 and 1984. He worked at Verizon (GTE) for over 31 years receiving many awards from the company and his co-workers. He was a member of Faith Community Church in Noblesville, where he was an elder, Sunday school teacher, youth group mentor, and jack-of-all-trades. His many hobbies included golf, fishing, reading, and gardening. Mark was also involved in Boy Scout Troop 105 for several years.
He married Becky (Rebecca) Solomon on June 1, 1974. She survives him, as well as their son, John, of Chicago, IL. As a family they enjoyed traveling with friends. They were part of mission trips with their church to Mississippi, Jamaica and New Orleans, where Mark helped in the building and repair of churches and schools. He enjoyed being the Lord’s hands and feet until the cancer prevented him from doing more.
Besides his wife and son, Mark is survived by his mother, Edith Aberle and his sister, Carol Jelen, both of Bluffton, SC; an aunt, Elvia Pugne of Bridgeville, PA; and several cousins, nieces & nephews. He is also fondly remembered by many children and teens who thought of him as a grandfather and mentor.
Mark was preceded in death by his father, Francis, and his brother, F.J. Aberle.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 2:00PM at Faith Community Church in Noblesville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Faith Community Church, 19201 Promise Rd., Noblesville, IN 46060; or to the IU Simon Cancer Center, c/o IU Foundation, P.O. Box 660245, Indianapolis, IN 46266. Please make checks payable to IU Foundation with Mark Aberle in the memo line. Their website is: www.cancer.iu.edu/giving.
We are grateful for the kind and compassionate care that Mark received from his medical team at IU and Noblesville; and from the staff at Riverview Hospital. Mark lived his life following Jesus’ commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself.