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Mark, 60, passed away at home in Philadelphia, May 31, 2020 due to complications from a lung transplant he had received April 24.  He had returned home from University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation on May 26, and was doing well, looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends, and to re-start activities that had been put on hold due to an autoimmune condition that brought on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) lung disease.  Mark was the son of Anthony and Lorraine (Ciafre) Visalli, and was born in Philadelphia September 25, 1959.  Mark is survived by his wife Anita (Malcolm) of 28 years, two children: Mark Anthony Visalli (23 years old, graduated from Auburn Univ. 2018), and Corey Josephine (20 years old, entering senior year at University of South Carolina); siblings: Anthony (Debbie) Visalli, Lorraine Visalli, Angela (Derick) Marsh; many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family whom he treated as his own kids.

Mark graduated from Wildwood Catholic High School in 1977 and University of South Florida in 1982 with a B.A. in Business Administration.  He spent the year after graduating from college helping his brother build a house in St. John USVI that became very special to the entire family.  He then moved to Washington, D.C. and began a career in high tech and software sales. He met his wife there; they were married on October 19, 1991, then moved to Paoli, PA, where they lived for 28 years and raised their family.  They had moved to an apartment in Philadelphia November 2019 to be close to Penn for the post-transplant program, and looked forward to enjoying all that Center City has to offer.      Mark’s passions were family, boating, cooking, traveling, and making people laugh.  Any guests who sat at Mark’s table knew how incredible of a chef he was, and how important it was to make them feel part of his family.  He could fix anything and always had the right hardware inventory at hand. He was a St. Norbert Parishioner, and loved the Union League.  Mark will be dearly missed, and fond memories held tightly in his family’s hearts.

Due to Covid, a Celebration of Mark’s life will be held at a later date; the family is asking that donations be sent to Gift of Life in lieu of flowers. https://www.giftoflifefamilyhouse.org/bridge-give/

18 Comments

  • Lisa Gresh June 8, 2020 2:42 pm

    Anita, I am so sorry for your loss. This is a terrible shock. You have such a wonderful family. Mark was always a joy to be around. I will never forget the wonderful times we had at theJjeptha Abbott Ball. I am just so sad to hear this news.

  • Beth Hansen June 8, 2020 3:25 pm

    Anita we are so sorry for your loss. I recall when I first met Mark when we were in a double date to Inner Harbor….great times. Much love to you and to Mark and Corey. Looking forward to getting together again

  • Susan Huston June 8, 2020 4:49 pm

    Anita, I’m so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing! I was just remembering our high school and early DC days so fondly! I hope that the wonderful memories you have will bring some peace to you and your children. Prayers to you all!

  • Sharon Callahan June 8, 2020 6:10 pm

    So very sorry to learn about Mark. Even though I haven’t seen him in years , my memories of him are quite fond.

  • Doug Hocker June 8, 2020 7:08 pm

    Anita, Dorothy and I are so sorry to hear this. There are no words to express how sorry we are for your loss. We are keeping your and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Diane Bounasis June 8, 2020 8:06 pm

    Anita, I’m so sorry about the cousin’s mark. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Prayers n peace be with you.
    . . Love you.

  • Janine Sicilia Baker June 8, 2020 9:37 pm

    Anita, words can’t express my sympathy for you, your family & all the Visalli’s. This is incomprehensible. I pray you are all able to draw strength from each other from all the wonderful & happy memories everyone has & eventually find some peace. You all are in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Sioux June 8, 2020 9:42 pm

    I am smiling through tears I will always remember how Marks laugh filled the room and always made me happy. Much love to you Mark, Corey and extended family

  • Nan and David June 8, 2020 10:18 pm

    Anita, our hearts are broken hearing this news. Sending you, Mark and Corey, and his family love during this difficult time.

  • Ann Marie Acardi June 8, 2020 10:43 pm

    The Accardi family knew him well. He had a great personality and will surely be missed. Love to all!!! Ann Marie Accardi

  • TJ & Sue Fitzpatrick June 8, 2020 10:56 pm

    Anita,
    We are so sorry for your loss. It breaks our hearts to think of how hard this must be for you. Saying special prayers and thinking of you at this sad time.
    We love you now and we always have.

  • TJ & Sue Fitzpatrick June 8, 2020 11:04 pm

    Anita,
    P.S. we still live two minutes away from Evans Farm where you first really met.
    We will stop there tonight.

  • Dan and JoAnne June 8, 2020 11:14 pm

    My Dear Mark, We will miss you kind and caring soul, your infectious smile, you amazing culinary skills, your nautical prowess
    And your contagious laugh. I am having serious dialogue with our Lord and savior, He has big plans for you. We feel blessed to have been a small part of your family. Rest In Peace now and watch over your family.

  • Anna Gagne June 9, 2020 12:27 am

    The Gagne boys, Lyon and I are so heartbroken on this sudden sad news! We kept on thinking about Mark, the V fest, you both were so gracious, we had the best time with you guys and the Browns. He was a very funny, unique and a wonderful man. Alec is in tears! He has such fond memories of his friend’s dad, all the fun memories in your Paoli house. May God put him in his favorite garden where he can bloom and bring joy to that garden! May God also give you, Mark and Corey the strength to Cherish his memories!

  • Kathy McDonough-Lemery June 9, 2020 1:28 am

    Dear Anita Markie and Corey and your new wonderful addition to the family 🙂 Sherry,Smiley are the other name that starts with s!!
    Welcome little golden retriever puppy! Such wonderful medicine to help with grief!?!
    I can’t wait to hold you in my arms in some
    Future time and Corey and Markie too.
    My favorite thing about Mark was his insatiable laughter!!
    His laughter will never stop ringing in my ears, thank heavens! He was a very generous guy and I love the way that he made mom happy by fixing her tiramisu!
    Even though we had to wash our feet and take a shower before we got onto his boat just kidding, he gave wonderful boat rides!
    Every year when Leon I would buy Mark his Christmas shirt or birthday shirt, I would go to marshals and look for a high end shirt, as Mark Loved The best of everything?!
    He receive that as you being his wife and Markie and Corey being his kids! You will never lose those titles, happy memories won’t allow you to!!?!
    Much love, warm blessings and safety in this Pandemic.
    pandemic.
    Molly just called me to tell me about the new puppy… I vote on Smiley! 😊
    💕💕💕🥰🥰🥰🎶🎶🎶😷😷😷🎈🎈🎈🙏🙏🙏🤗🤗🤗🌸🌸🌸🌻🌻🌻🌹🌹🌹

  • JJim McVey June 9, 2020 1:49 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Mark was a great guy and good friend. Many good Wildwood memories.

  • Annie and Kurt Wilkinson June 9, 2020 2:05 pm

    Anita and family., We want to share our heartfelt condolences with you and Mark and Corrie. We were saddened to hear of Mark’s passing and wish you the love of god’s plans in this most difficult time. Mark was a special person to all that knew him. His infectious laugh and love of life still bring a smile to our faces. Wishing you god’s peace. Love, Kurt & Annie Wilkinson

  • Ciafre Cousins June 11, 2020 2:07 am

    Anita, Mark, Corey, Anthony, Lorraine and Angel all us cousins are so sorry for your loss. We were planning on visiting Mark when the virus was over. Know that you are all in our thoughts and Prayers. May the happiness you shared get you though your grief. Rest in Peace Mark in the arms of angels

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