Deborah J. Stark, 66, of Cedar Rapids, went to meet the Lord on Monday, April 2, 2018, after a four-and-a-half year battle with multiple myeloma. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at New Covenant Bible Church by Pastor Bob Westfall. Burial: 1:45 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Teahen Funeral Home and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Deborah is survived by her husband, Buck; two sons, Jonathan (Jayme) Miller of Parker, Colo., and Benjamin (Courtney) Miller of Aurora, Colo.; a daughter, Crystal Stark Richards of Cedar Rapids; four grandchildren, AJ and Caitlyn Miller, both of Parker, and Lina and Ari Miller, both of Aurora; three sisters, Ruthanne Shanks of West Winfield, N.Y., Grace (Doug) Coddington of Oceanside, Calif., and Sharon (Bob) Eelman of North Haledon, N.J.; a brother, Wilfred (Joan) Brain of Westtown, N.Y.; her mother-in-law, Ruth Ann Stark of Cedar Rapids; brothers-in-law, Erik, Scott and Baron Stark, all of Cedar Rapids; sisters-in-law, Lisa Stark of Cedar Rapids and Suzette (Steven Marek) of Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and father-in-law, Arthur Stark.
Deborah was born June 11, 1951, in Dumont, N.J., the daughter of William and Annie Rogers Brain Jr. She attended Bardonia Elementary School and was a 1969 graduate of Spring Valley Senior High School in New York. In 1973, she received her bachelor of science in education from The Kings College in New York, N.Y. She married Arthur "Buck" Stark on June 27, 2001, in Cedar Rapids. For the past 10 years, Deborah and Buck owned and operated Home Instead Senior Care of Iowa City. She was a member of New Covenant Bible Church and was a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.
Deborah loved being surrounded by her family. She was an avid flower gardener and always enjoyed boating and attending Iowa Hawkeye football games. Some of her special times were when she was downhill skiing especially in the Alps.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ghosh and the staff at the Ghosh Center and the Hospice of Mercy staff for their compassionate and dedicated care of Deborah.
Instead of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Anna Purna Ghosh Foundation.
Online condolences can be left at www.teahenfuneralhome.com.