In Memory

Mark A. Pelan

10/11/71 - 1/16/2019

Mark is survived by his wife, Katie Pelan; children: Connor, Claire, Kyle, Mary Kate, and Abby; parents, Carol and Ken Pelan; sister, Ann Veine (Patrick); mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jean and Ted Crouchley; sisters-in-law, Kristin Burke (Mike) and Beth Boone (Charlie); nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Mark was born in Omaha, Nebraska.  He graduated from Burke High School in 1990 and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Hastings College in 1994.  He earned his Master’s degree in School Administration from UNO in 1998 while he was teaching 5th grade at Washington Elementary.  Mark then worked for MSI Systems Integration from 2000-11, IBM from 2011-12, and was currently employed with Sirius Computer Solutions as a Client Executive.

Mark was a former Grand Knight of the St. Wenceslaus Council of the Knights of Columbus. He was a 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus.  Mark treasured his two weekly bible study groups as well as his monthly music club!  Mark and his wife Katie were always the first to offer their time and talents at St. Wenceslaus Parish, Mount Michael High School, Marian High School, and throughout the community.

Mark was an outgoing friend to all.  He was a loyal son and brother, faithful husband and father, and devout lover of the Lord.  Mark enjoyed people, music and movies. He enjoyed attending concerts with his children and appreciated all kinds of music. He was a die-hard Creighton basketball fan and an adoptive father to many players.  Mark was a regular fixture at the JCC where he loved swimming and pursuing his dedication towards health and fitness.  Mark made everyone he came in contact with feel like a friend and welcomed them into his home.  Mark lived his life well, serving his Lord, family and all those around him.  His contagious presence will be missed in his home, church, work and community.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 20th from 1:30pm to 5 pm at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15355 Pacific, with Vigil Service at 3pm.  Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, January 21st at 10:30 am, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, with visitation beginning at 9 am.  Private family interment, Resurrection Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pelan Children Education Fund.

47-year-old Mark Pelan, a husband and father of five, loved ‘bringing people together’

By Susan Szalewski / World-Herald staff writer


Mark Pelan died abruptly last week, but he didn’t leave much unsettled. Not the important things, his family said.

The husband of nearly 25 years and father of five left behind abundant reminders of his love and faith: text messages meant to encourage or ease their concerns about school or sports, or whatever, and which always ended with the words “I love you”; handwritten notes to be found in the morning, often including a Bible verse he connected with that particular family member; inspired thoughts he jotted down in a prayer journal; and music — his playlists, the concerts they enjoyed together and the wide range of songs forever linking him to them in their memories.

And through those little reminders, his family still feels him near, said his wife, Katie Pelan.

Katie found her 47-year-old husband collapsed on the kitchen floor of their west Omaha home about midnight Tuesday. She said she tried to resuscitate him until paramedics arrived. But he was pronounced dead at the home early Wednesday.

An autopsy was to determine his cause of death.

Fitness and nutrition were important to Pelan, his wife said. In fact, he swam a mile the day of his collapse, she said.

The two often worked out together, one of many things that kept them close, she said. Both had competed in swimming in high school, he at Burke and she at Marian. They met as lifeguards at a neighborhood pool.

The Pelans also volunteered together at their church, St. Wenceslaus, and at their children’s schools, which included the parish school, Mount Michael and Marian.

Pelan was a fourth-degree knight in the St. Wenceslaus Council of the Knights of Columbus and a former grand knight in the Catholic men’s organization. He also participated in two weekly Bible study groups.

Pelan had a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Hastings College and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and taught at Washington Elementary for a while. But his career turned to business in 2000. Most recently, he was a client executive at Sirius Computer Solutions in Omaha.

Pelan was a “basketball superfan,” his wife said, whether it was one of his kids’ teams or Creighton University. He and Katie welcomed several Creighton players into their home, when the players lived far from their families, including former players P’Allen Stinnett, Justin Carter and Gregory Echenique. And they became lasting friends, Katie Pelan said.

For her husband, “one of his favorite things was hospitality,” she said, “bringing people together for fun and to connect” at home, at church or wherever.

Pelan and about half a dozen friends formed a monthly music club in which they’d pick a topic or genre of music and exchange playlists or CDs they’d burned. One of Pelan’s collections, which he named “Walk of Faith,” became the music for a memory video as part of his funeral services, Katie Pelan said.

A vigil service was held Sunday at St. Wenceslaus. A Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church.

Survivors include his wife; sons Connor and Kyle; daughters Claire, Mary Kate and Abby; parents Carol and Ken Pelan and sister Ann Veine, of Saint Joseph, Michigan; and mother- and father-in-law, Jean and Ted Crouchley of Omaha.