Mark Magalsky

May 5, 2020
Magalsky, Mark crop


4:00 PM, Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo.



Interment will take place in Button Cemetery, Tunbridge, Vermont.


A Gofundme page has been established for his son, Jack.

Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to the family. 


     Mark Magalsky, 56, of Crystal Beach, Florida, died Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at his home.  Mark was born September 9, 1963, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Keith and Shirley Weiss Magalsky.  His family moved to Waterloo in 1969 where he graduated from West High School in 1981.  Mark was an active Boy Scout.  He attended the University of Northern Iowa.

     Mark had a Disc Jockey business in Waterloo before moving to Florida to start Tampa’s first drive-through coffee shop.  He then started a landscape business and was most recently a property manager.

     He is survived by a son, Jack of Florida; his mother, Shirley of Waterloo; a brother, Kevin (Marty) Magalsky of Hillsboro, Wisconsin; two sisters, Teresa (Dan) Walden of Sulphur Rock, Arkansas, and Susan (Jon) Nephew of Spring Hill, Tennessee; seven nieces and nephews: Justin (Kendra) Walden, Luke (Bailey) Magalsky, Rachael (Hayden) Sowers, Abby (Peter) Simon, James (McKinley) Walden, Nicholas Nephew, and Austin Nephew; three great-nephews, Karson, Conner, and Elliot; and a wide circle of friends.

     He is preceded in death by his father.

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  1. Patricia Marie Dierks | Aug 23, 2020
    Condolences to Mark's family.  I worked with Shirley, his mother at AEA 7.  I heard many stories of Shirley's children, Mark being one of them.  She was so very proud of his success with his business ventures and of his son, her grandson.  Rest in peace, Mark.
  2. Rebecca Bohner Goodman | Jul 25, 2020
    I am just getting this news now and I am in shock.  Sending my sympathies to Mark's family.  They/you were always so wonderful to me.  I was the girlfriend from the UNI and Tampa, FL days.  It's not surprising we did not stay together - I'm now a liberal vegetarian :) - I joke in honor of Mark, but, we both came from similar families...babies of the family, we both had 3 older siblings, mothers were teachers, fathers were mechanical/electrical engineers.  Even though he and I did not stay in contact, I am so sad to know he is not on the planet living his life with his boy and family and friends, but he is in spirit. 
    Blessings All! - Rebecca (Becky)
  3. KCS_UNI | Jun 19, 2020
    Wow!!! Corona has allowed time to look up friends who've made an impression/+ memories over the years. I was very sad and surprised to hear about Mark's passing. We were at UNI together and he was so much fun! Very talented and ABSOLUTELY an influential presence with the Dancer Hall clan (12, 8 & 7 floors, DJing @ Bo's). RIP old friend.
  4. David Walls | May 10, 2020

    David Walls Class 1981. I was never a close friend of Marks. But i knew he was someone that live life to its fullest. I offer my condolences and prayers to the family. You will br remenbered for your sense of humor, love of life and for being a friend to many.

    Gods speed Mark until we meet again.

  5. Tim Holmes | May 09, 2020
    Tim Holmes. WHS 1981 Mark was one of the Class Clowns. But I too will miss His posts.always had somthing to say. RIP my friend and I will see you on the other side.
  6. Suzie Cole | May 08, 2020

    My memories of Mark go back to Westridge Elementary. He was always class clown. We were a small class but maintained a special bond. Mark and i laughed so hard when he reminded me of our 6th grade party. Boys on one side girls on the other. No one had ever danced in public before...certainly not with the opposite sex! No one would move, so he walked over and asked me to dance...first ones on the floor!It was so sweet that he remembered that and reminded me! The song was Crocodile Rock! 

    We’ve always stayed in touch. So happy that we got to see him at Christmas! He always ended a visit, message or call with Love ya Suz. He was a special one. 

    My condolences to Jack, who he talked about so often, and his mom, who apparently is the best Mom in the world, he told us so, and his brothers and sister. He will be missed.

    Rest in peace. Love ya , Mark!
    Suzie Cole Davis

  7. John Knapek | May 08, 2020

    Mark!  Really?  This whole "social distancing" thing was taken way too serious by you with this recent 'event'.  What am I, and many others gonna do now, on FB without your posts? ..... You will be missed by many -- and much, much more than you ever imagined.  Ride onto your next gig! 

    Bacon and Jerky will be your lasting impression upon those of your legion of fans on the West High Class of 1981. I and those that loved you for your mind & wit -- will always remember, and never forget you.

  8. Angela Hansen | May 08, 2020
    My prayers go out to Marks family and friends..i always looked forward to reading Marks posts he could be so funny yet very could tell by his posts and the way that he interacted with people in the group that he had a passion for life...the graduation page while it will go on just wont be the same...i know i  will looking for his comments and pictures of people that he knew from school....things about his son..and his bacon and Jerky. God bless you all and God Speed Mark....
  9. Teri Merbach | May 08, 2020
    Mark, you always sat in front of me in all the classes we took together in high school. You were always so funny and entertaining :) With your sharp wit, i thought you’d become a stand up comedian or actor. You will be missed by many. Carry on, Mark, until we meet again. You better be ready for a slug on the arm! RIP Mark. 
  10. Lorraine (Sinnard) Townsend | May 08, 2020

    Sending our love and prayers to the family. Our heart breaks for your loss. 
    Heaven has a new beautiful soul.
    With love, 

    Lorraine Sinnard and family

  11. Craig Schrader WHS 1981 | May 08, 2020

    So Sorry to hear about Mark. He was a fun friend, and a fellow beef jerky officianado. We enjoy Iowa tailgate parties and games in Tampa. He will be greatly missed.


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