Mark J. Smego

Mark James Smego, 61, of Hinsdale passed away peacefully Jan. 4, 2022.

Mark grew up in Downers Grove and graduated from Benet Academy in 1978. He played football and graduated from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa. He started his career working with his father and brother at Richmar Electronics Corp. He loved life in all ways laughing, teasing and loving everyone around him. His greatest gift was living his Catholic faith and bringing others to Christ.

Mark fought a valiant battle for 17 years after his stroke in 2004, always with a positive mental attitude. He was the world’s most devoted Cubs fan as well as a huge Iowa Hawkeye fan.

His family will be forever grateful to his loving caregivers: Joyce Apostol, the care team at The Birches in Clarendon Hills, the wonderful team at Oak Trace in Downers Grove and Angels Grace Hospice.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Smego, née Walsh; his children, Maggie (Andrew) Broucek, Molly (Matt) Gaudette, Michael (fiancée Cristina Evans) and Matthew; his grandchildren, Paul and Grace Gaudette and Emma Broucek as well as one grandson on the way; his father, Richard G. Smego; his siblings, Marty (Kelly) Smego, Mary Kay (Jim) Schumar, Mike (Ann) Smego, Margie (Mike) Sznajder; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret F. Smego.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale.

Family and Friends will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, for a funeral Mass at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 306 W. Fourth St., Hinsdale.

Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Father Ron Scholarship fund at Benet Academy, 2200 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532 or online at