Mark Henke

Mark Henke

  • Funeral Date: 9/08/12
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date of Birth: 5/06/59
  • Date of Death: 8/31/12
  • Funeral Location: Emmaus Church - Northfield

Mark Alan Henke was born May 6, 1959, at Olmsted Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, to Christian and Evelyn (Kidd) Henke. He was raised in Stewartville, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1977 and then St. Olaf in 1981. His career began in the Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester. There he met Joyce Bluemle, and they married on August 13, 1983, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois. Mark received his MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Over the next 20 years, he worked within Mayo Systems in Minnesota, Florida and Iowa. In 2006, he accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer for Sanford Hospital in Luverne, Minnesota. In 2010, he accepted his current position of President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.
Mark was a member of Emmaus Church, the Minnesota Health Association and Northfield Rotary Club. His memorable qualities include his unwavering faith, daily professionalism, lasting wit, belief in his staff, devotion to his family and satisfaction for a job well-done. Mark loved the Lord and lived to please Him.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Joyce; his children: Amanda and husband Jess Greenwood, Allison, Jessica, John and Natalie; his mother, Evelyn Henke of Rochester; his brothers: Philip and wife Linda of Indianapolis, Ind.; Paul and wife Barb of Rochester; his mother-in-law, Elaine (John) Reed of Elgin, Illinois; his brother-in-law, Jim (Ellen) Bluemle of Huntley, Ill.; his sister-in-law, Jan (Ron) Lyle of Elgin, Ill.; as well as other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Christian, and his father-in-law, John Bluemle.

Mark passed away on Friday morning, August 31, 2012, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, following a recent diagnosis of cancer.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012, at Emmaus Church in Northfield with Rev. Will Healy officiating.

In-lieu-of flowers, memorials are preferred for the Endoscopy expansion at Northfield Hospital.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


  1. Cristy Nimrod

    Hello Henke family.

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Cristy Nimrod

    • Tami kurtz

      Sorry for the loss of your love one. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

      Tami Kurtz from Sanford Luverne Hospital.

  2. David and Sherri Reutlinger

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mark was a wonderful person and we are fortunate to have had the opportunity to know him and the rest of your family. He touched many lives in a positive way with his positive attitude and willingness to share his time and talents with others. He will be greatly missed.
    The Reutlinger family

  3. Jesse & Megan Lyon

    We are so sorry for your loss. Mark was such a great person and it was a blessing to have known him. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

    Megan (Reutlinger) & Jesse Lyon

  4. Dawn Frankenhoff

    Joyce & kids: We are so very sad for your loss! We have your family in our prayers! I think of the good times we had with you and the kids here in Luverne – Jon was always good for a laugh, Natalie and her sweet smile, and Jessica’s kind heart! I know God will take you through this and bring your family closer to Him! Romans 8:28 Even though there is distance between us, we hope you feel our love! The Frankenhoffs- Todd, Dawn, Jackson & Madi Jo!

  5. Melissa and Angel Garcia

    We are so saddened by Mark’s passing. What a wonderful man and friend, he always made our hearts smile. I know your deep faith will help you through this difficult time. Mark was loved by many. Joyce you and your family are in our prayers. Angel & Melissa

  6. Julie Kath Haukom

    Sympathy and Prayers to all of the family of Mark. The Henke’s were neighbors in Stewartville many years ago.

  7. Bill Harreld

    My love and prayers for the entire Henke and Kidd family.
    I just opened the Rochester Post Bulletin and was shocked at this news.
    However, Mark gave it a good go; a faithfilled fight.
    Obviously God felt Mark had done his duty on earth and called him home.
    A good and faithful Soldier of God.
    God Bless you all and God Bless Mark’s soul.

  8. Bob and June Prouty

    To you Joyce, family and Mother Evelyn.

    Our heartfelt sorrow go out to all of you for the loss of Mark.
    We remember Mark as a young boy growing up and then a marvelous young husband and father to a beautiful family he was so proud of.
    We will always cherish those fond memories of Mark.
    Our prayers go out to you all.

    Bob and June Prouty

  9. Jeff and Jenny Korsmo

    Joyce and family, we were so saddened at the news of Mark’s death. We will always remember with great fondness our years together as “family” with young children and new jobs in Jacksonville. Mark’s gentle spirit and quick, dry wit will last forever as dear memories of him. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, and we will always consider you special friends.

  10. Linda Schoppers/Hasley

    I was shocked to see in the paper Mark had passed away. He was a good man and always showed he cared for people. I remember as we were growing up all of the great times we had at family gatherings. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Linda and Family

  11. Donna Schoppers

    I was deeply shocked when my sister called to let me know of Mark’s passing. He was always so much fun to be around when the Kidd family got together. He never did master that unicycle at our house, but like everything he did in life, he kept trying to master it. My thoughts are with all of his family and friends.

  12. Bill and Mary jane Butzer

    Bill and I were so sorry to hear about mark !!!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family right now .
    We know he is a much better place . Love and blessings to all . Bill and mary Jane Butzer

  13. Steve & Julie Peters

    Joyce & Family,

    Words can’t express our love & appreciation for you guys. I considered Mark a wonderful Christian, awesome leader, and a great friend.

    We will be standing with your family and praying for you, along with hundreds of others.


    The Peters Family

  14. Brad and Trisha Johansen

    Henke Family,

    Our deepest sympathies for the loss of Mark. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Brad and Trisha Johansen

  15. Sheila Wilson

    Thinking of the Henke family at this difficult time.. May the wonderful memories help lessen the hurt.

    Todd & Sheila Wilson
    Grand Meadow

  16. Lori Jordahl

    My deepest sympathy to the family. I was saddened by the news, and I only knew Mark through his Mother, Evelyn. Many Prayers coming your way.


    Lori Jordahl

  17. Ken & Michele Spittstoesser

    Joyce and family,

    Our sympathy and heart felt thoughts go out to you and your family, for the loss of Mark. The Stewartville class of 1977 will always remember Mark for his sense of humor, great personality and friendly smile. We pray for you and your family and that God will smile upon you during these difficult days.

    Ken & Michele Splittstoeser
    The Stewartville Class of 1977

  18. Dorothy Aanestad

    Our Condolences to the entire family of Mark Henke. How saddened we are to hear of your loss. May the loving arms of our Lord hold you with comfort and sustain you with His peace during these difficult days. Scripture promises “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” May this knowledge continue to bring you strength. In deepest sympathy and love. Bill and Dorothy Aanestad

  19. Darryl & Beth Landas

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Darryl and Beth Landas

  20. Henke family,
    My heart goes out to all of you for your loss of Mark. I first met Mark as a little girl in Stewartville when he came over to our house for Prom with my sister. He was polite and sweet to me and my little sister. I fast forwarded over 30 years and met Mark again when I was interviewing for a job as a Pediatrician for Northfield Hospital. He was a real gentleman with the same sense of humor and a real love for his job. He told me in the interview how he had worked for Mayo for a number of years and now was working for Northfield hospital and how much he loved working in a small town hospital. He was a true advocate of the employees of Northfield hospital and always had our interests in mind.
    He talked fondly of his family and couldn’t wait to spend more time with them. He will be greatly missed. Dr. Kerry Ace

  21. Cheri Kramer

    My heart goes out to the entire Henke family. I have known and worked with Mark for many years. I watched his story on Caring Bridge and was so saddened to see this news. God bless to all of you.

  22. Pat McNamara

    I worked side by side with Evelyn for many years and heard about the lives of her children and grandchildren. Every time she talked about any of you, it was with great love and pride. I felt I knew all of you through her. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep all of you in my Prayers. May the love of God give you strenth, and the love of friends and family give you comfort.
    Pat McNamara

  23. Lisa Finstuen

    Dear Henke Family,

    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Mark. I am a past co-
    worker of Evelyn’s and it was always a joy to hear about her family. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you at this most difficult time.

    God Bless,
    Lisa Finstuen

  24. Karen and Chelsea Humpal

    Henke Family,
    We are saddened to hear of Marks passing. He is remembered as a special man with a wonderful personality. We never lose the people we love. They live the rest of our lives with us in our hearts. May the sorrow you feel be lightened by the love that surrounds you.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family,
    Karen and Chelsea Humpal

  25. Dennis Kuisle

    Henke Family,

    As classmate of Mark’s back in the old days I always remembered his sense of humor and his ability to put others around him at ease. My prayers go out to you and your family in this tough time.

    Class of “77”

  26. Craig Nelson

    Dear Henke Family,

    It is with deep shock and sadness that I respond to the news of Mark’s passing. Our world has lost an outstanding leader and community advocate. I know he made a very positive impact on countless people that he knew professionally and personally. Please except my deepest sympathy for your loss!

    Craig Nelson

  27. Lucille Ripley

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Henke’s death. I worked in the kitchen at Sanford Luverne. His smile and personal greetings are things I will remember. God be with you til you meet again.

    Lucille Ripley
    Luverne, MN

  28. Mark & CoCo Gronseth

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of loss and grief.
    Mark Gronseth

  29. Mark Hansen

    Dear Henke Family,

    May we offer our thoughts and prayers and deepest condolences during an extremely difficult time. Your husband and father was a wonderful and dedicated man, who touched so many lives in a powerful, yet gentle and caring way. He will be greatly missed by many, but forgotten by few. May God bless your family.

    Mark and Cherise Hansen

  30. Nancy & Tom Hockert

    My Dear Joyce, it was just yesterday that my “kid” went to RIA, much to her dismay. She met this wonderful man, fell in LOVE and the rest is history. I can’t imagine your sorrow, but please know my love and prayers.
    And Tom played ball with Paul so long ago. We shared many evenings at the ballfield, with Barb, cheering you guys on. Tom knows how difficult it is to loose a sibling so he too sends his love and prayers.
    And Dear Evelyn, it was so much fun to see you doing volunteer work at Mayo. PLEASE know our love and prayers too!

  31. Bird (Bakke) Hamilton

    Joyce and family: I’m so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Many times I think back to much easier and fun times that we had at Mayo Jacksonville. You and Mark were a part of the close family that made it that way. My deepest sympathies to all of you.
    Bird & Jackie

  32. Donna Hackman

    I am sorry for your lost. Mark was my first boss at Winneshiek Medical Center. He was very knowledgeable and gave great advice. When I was having a bad day. Mark would send me small inspiring quotes of encouragement. He really was my coach. My deepest synpathy to all of you.

  33. Rande Loucks

    I lost touch with Mark as with most of my classmates of 1977. I remember Mark being the kind of guy that everyone liked. He stayed out of trouble and seemed to enjoy life. He also appears to have accomplished many acheivements. May God be close to your hearts.
    Rande L. Loucks

  34. Dan D'Aigle

    Dear Henke family,

    I just recently heard of Mark’s passing and was terribly shocked. I started freshman year at St. Olaf with Mark on the same side of 7th floor Mohn and was lucky enough to remain friends with him for the entire 4 years. He was one of the sharpest witted men I’ve ever met. He could always come up with the quickest replies. Although I only talked to him a couple times after we graduated in 1981,the last time we spoke he had just moved back to Northfield and it was like no time had passed at all. I hope it will help you to know how many lives Mark touched and the huge impact he had on so many people’s lives. Please accept my condolences on your loss and know that the world is a little colder place without him in our lives.

  35. Jill Mormann Groth

    Dear Henke Family, My heart is so sad to know of Mark’s passing. I worked with him in Decorah and I remember you coming to my wedding in Dyersville. He was such a wonderful boss and was full of integrity and encouragement. He had an optimistic approach and treated everyone respectfully. His advice I can still refer to during tough times and I am so sorry for your sadness. I am sending prayers your way and will for a long time. I was blessed to know him and you. God bless you all.

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