If you were unable to join us Saturday afternoon for Mark’s Celebration of Life, please watch our video of the event and download the program here.
It is with the deepest regret that we announce the loss of a dear and lifelong friend of Augustana. Mark Chytracek, our much beloved Director of Student and Resident Services, passed away on Friday, October 9, from a heart attack.
Mark was a valued mentor and friend to many students, staff, and alumni. For over 33 years, he exemplified what community and caring mean at Augustana. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Brandi; children Jon (Angela), Amanda (Will), David (Jessi); grandson Noah and the rest of the Chytracek family.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Camrose at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus gymnasium with Rev. Craig Wentland officiating.
Members of any Augustana choir, past or present, were invited to participate in an honorary choir that will perform “Standing on Holy Ground” early in the celebration service.
If you were unable to attend the celebration service, we invite you to watch the service here: http://www.augustana.ualberta.ca/liveevents/
If family and friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will gratefully be accepted for The Mark Chytracek Endowment for Leadership and Community Engagement fund, which will support on an ongoing basis at Augustana both student awards and programming initiatives inspired by Mark’s example. To contribute online, go to the donation page. For information on how to contribute in other ways, please visit this page.
Students and staff are invited to connect with the Centre for Personal Counselling on campus or with the Augustana Chaplaincy. Should you require a quiet place on campus for prayer or to gather your thoughts, please know that the Multi-Faith Prayer Room is available in the southwest corner of the Chapel. To convey your condolences and share your memories of Mark, please sign the book of condolences in the Faith and Life Lounge; alternatively, you can visit online the Burgar Funeral Home Guest Book.