Mark Peter Pafiolis - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

March 26, 1950 - February 11, 2023

Mark Peter Pafiolis, age 72, of Richfield, passed away on February 11, 2023.

Mark Pafiolis was born March 26, 1950 in Minneapolis, the son of Lois and Peter Pafiolis. He graduated from Richfield High School in 1968 and attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a degree in Journalism. Mark loved living in Richfield and devoted much of his life volunteering for numerous organizations - League of Women Voters, Richfield Community Center, Wood Lake Nature Center, V.E.A.P. to name a few. He was a kind and compassionate man who put the needs of others before his own. He LOVED sports and had an encyclopedic knowledge of sports facts and stats. Mark was very patriotic and served in the Army. He was deeply involved in local and Minnesota politics, also serving as an election judge. The light of his life was always his daughter Alison. Mark died unexpectedly on February 11, 2023 in Richfield, MN.

He is survived by his daughter Alison (Sean) Burke and their two children; sisters, Cynthia (Vernon Awes) Pafiolis and Diane Pafiolis; nephews, Jason (Juliana Batista) Mikunda and Paul Mikunda; grand-nieces & nephews and cousins.


  1. Dan Page says:

    I would like to send my condolences to the Pafiolis family. I met Mark over 60 years ago in Mrs. Asmussen’s 7th grade English class and we kept in touch our entire lives. Mark was a true gentleman and would help anyone that needed help. Rest in peace old friend!

  2. Jenny Hayden says:

    So sudden! I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

  3. Tom Barrett says:

    So very sorry of the loss of Mark.
    I did not know him well but he was a good soul.

  4. Mike Linner says:

    Our family sends its condolences to the Pafiolis family on their loss. I agree with what Dan Page stated. I met Mark in high school. I had just reconnected with Mark recently, after many years. I was looking forward to seeing him in the near future. Again, prayers to his family & friends.

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