Mark Allen Wilzen, 55, of New Britain, Conn., died Friday after a long courageous battle with compli-cations from diabetes. Born in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of the late Carl and Carol Wilzen, he lived in New Britain for 36 years. He was a self taught computer pro-grammer and worked at Ad-vance Software LLC in Willington with his friend and employer, Rick Baker. He held a Mechanics Certificate, was an avid motor-cycle rider and lifetime member of the American Motorcycle Association, a former member of APICS, an avid bowler, a fan of the Buffalo Bills and well known as a cat lover. Prior to working at Advance Software, LLC, he was em-ployed for 20 yeas at the Hitchcock Chair Company.
Mark is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Andrea (Smouse) Wilzen, whom he married on April 8, 1978; his sister, Rebecca Wilzen of New Britain; his mother-in-law, Ruth Smouse of Blockville, N.Y.; his brother-in-law, Steve and his wife, Chris Smouse of Lakewood, N.Y.; his sister-in-law, Glenna Catanese of Jamestown, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Dan Smouse of Blockville, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Jack Overbeck of Trenton, Ill.; his nieces and nephews: Kandi and her husband, Nelson Torres; Brandy and her husband, Justin Hudgins; Tami and her hus-band, Chris Russell; Michael and his wife, Shel-ly Chase; Jill and her husband, Billy Pavlock; Jackie and her husband, Tom Summerville; Andrea and her husband, Darren Free-man; Becky Smouse, Dus-tin Smouse and Jordan Smouse; and his cats, Cinnamon and Willow. He was predeceased by his brother, Eugene; father-in-law, Glenn Smouse; and sister-in-law, Lori Over-beck.
Mark will always be remembered as a generous and courageous individual. He was always a fighter despite huge health chal-lenges over the past 10 years. His laid back and op-timistic personality and sense of humor got him through many hard times.
There will be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road Newington, CT 06111. To light a candle or send a condolence, please visit www.FarrellFuneralHome. com.