November 2, 1958 ~ September 15, 2023
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Dr. Mark Tummarello, 64 of Oakton, Virginia. Mark passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, September 15, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mark was born on November 2, 1958 to Anthony and Ann Tummarello in Massapequa Park, NY. The family moved around quite a bit during his childhood, and he experienced living overseas including places such as Holland and Brazil. Eventually, the family moved back to the United States, where Mark graduated from high school in Holmdel, New Jersey.
Mark continued his education at Moravian College, where he met his college sweetheart and wife of 37 years, Lisa. After college, Mark attended dental school at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA where he met numerous lifelong friends.
Upon graduating from dental school, Mark went on to start a dental practice in Fairfax, Virginia where he enjoyed a successful career as a general dentist. Mark truly loved his profession as a dentist. He looked forward to going to work each day and cherished the relationships with his patients, many of whom he had known since he opened the practice over 30 years ago. Dentistry was a source of great joy in his life, and he continued to work as long as his health allowed.
At home, Mark was a “gadget-guy”. Known to carry his trusty Swiss Army Knife, he was always tinkering with new tools, electronics and his computers. On weekends, Mark was up for the occasional adventure, especially if it involved cruising down the Potomac River on his boat—but more often, you would find him working in the garage on his lawn equipment, cars, or motorcycle, always with a big smile on his face and a friendly wave to the neighbors.
Mark was known for his compassion and generosity. Throughout his life, he never took the simple things for granted. He cherished spending time with his family, friends, and his beloved pets. The dogs trailed Mark around the house and neighborhood, always counting on him for extra treats or even a “second dinner”. Above all, Mark was a loving, devoted husband and family man – not only to his wife and daughters, but also to his mother and brother. He was a great friend to many, and we all miss him dearly.
Mark is survived by his wife of 37 years Lisa, and his daughters Jennifer, Marie and Kaitlyn. He is also survived by his mother Ann Tummarello, his brother Anthony M. Tummarello (Cheryl) and a large extended family. He is predeceased by his father, Anthony P. Tummarello.
Family and friends are welcome to attend the funeral on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 12:30 pm at St. Mark Catholic Church, 9970 Vale Road, Vienna. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choosing.