Mark E. Essling Community Fund


This fund was established in 2015 by Mark’s children, Stephanie & Michael Essling, to support a wide variety of charitable organizations.

About Mark
Mark E. Essling was a local businessman who passed away in 2014. A lifelong resident of La Porte, Mark was the president of Essling Funeral Home, a business his parents founded in 1958.

Mark loved his children, his community and his church. He had a gift of compassion which was a great comfort to the families who were mourning a loss. Mark was a very kind and generous person, serving on several boards and supporting numerous charities.  If Mark saw a need, he was there to help.

Mark’s children, Stephanie and Michael, are honoring their father’s memory by starting the Mark E. Essling Community Fund. This fund will annually benefit a project or persons in our community, keeping Mark’s philanthropic spirit alive.

Donation Information
  • Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
  • You will receive a tax receipt electronically for your records once your donation is processed.
  • Gifts by credit card incur a processing fee for each transaction which will be deducted from your gift. The current fee is 2.8% per transaction. We invite you to increase your gift to cover this fee so that your charitable intent can be fully realized.
  • If you would like to make a one-time or recurring payment from a bank account, please contact the Unity Office at (219) 879-0327 or

If you prefer, you can mail your donation to:

Unity Foundation of La Porte County
422 Franklin St, Suite C
Michigan City, IN 46360