Anne (Hawrylak) Stark, age 84, died of natural causes at her farm home north of Rudyard the evening of Saturday, July 14, 2007.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a. m. Friday at Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church in Hingham. Following burial at the Rudyard Cemetery, a memorial luncheon will be held at the Rudyard Youth Center. Anne was born on March 30, 1923, at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. She was one of six children born of Polish ancestry to Steve Hawrylak and Maria Sadownik. She grew up and received her education at Maple Creek, graduating from high school there in 1943. Anne continued her schooling in Canada and earned a teaching certificate, then began teaching in rural schools. She came to Havre in 1945 to attend Sacred Heart School of Nursing. After receiving her associates degree in nursing in 1948, Anne began working at the Sacred Heart Hospital. While there she met a Montana farmer, Donald Glenn Stark, and they were married on Oct. 28, 1949 at St. Jude’s Church in Havre. They lived and worked in Havre until 1956, then moved to the Stark family farm 9 miles north of Rudyard. In the years that followed Anne worked as a homemaker, farm wife, and mother of three daughters. In addition she offered her nursing services to the rural home health program. The Starks enjoyed their life on the farm and were faithful companions. They were married 53 years when Don passed away on Dec. 10, 2002, at the age of 77. Anne continued to live in their farm home until her death. Anne was baptized and confirmed Catholic and maintained a strong Christian faith throughout her life. She was a member of the Hi-Line Catholic parishes, being active in Our Lady of Ransom Altar Society and the Holy Family Altar Society. She was also a member of W.I.F.E. Her hobbies included flower gardening and flower arranging (both dried and fresh). She prided herself in raising beautiful poinsettia plants, which she shared with her church, family, and friends. Anne made many sequin calendars and enjoyed crafts of all kinds. In her quiet time at home she liked to play cards (mainly, solitaire) and watch soap operas. A loving mother and grandmother, she will be deeply missed. Anne was preceded in death by her parents, husband; brothers Bill, John, and Pete, and sister, Nell. Survivors are her three daughters, Marjorie (LeWayen) Kroeger of Libby, Donna (Jerry) Hall of Great Falls, and Jean (Robert “Joe”) Becker of Helena; five grandchildren; brother, Mike Horlick of Regina, Sask.; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel in Chester.