Stark, Merritt “Moe” Eugene


Merritt “Moe” Eugene Stark Sr., 82, of Winona, died on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Gundersen Health in La Crosse.

Moe was born on November 21, 1935, in Winona, Minn., to Fred and Ethel (Wise) Stark and raised on French Island, Wis. On June 8, 1957, he married Norma Daniels at Grace Presbyterian Church. He worked for many years as a foreman at Fiberite before beginning his career in vending, working for Witt Vending and Canteen, retiring at the age of 80. Moe loved his work. He also loved camping with his family, fishing, baking dessert breads, woodworking and telling jokes. He was a faithful member of Grace Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Norma; three children, Merritt (Michelle) Stark Jr., Tammy (Keith) Smith and Connie (Paul) Nielsen; seven grandchildren, Robert Stark, Jonathon (Ashleigh) Stark, Zachary (April) Stark, Jessica Smith, Chad Smith, Derrick (Rachel) Nielsen and Jacob Nielsen; great-grandchildren, Livia, Logan, Jinnah, Corbin, Maddie, Ryan, Alexia, Tyler and Hailynd; brother, Bob Stark Sr.; sisters, Barbara Thomas, Sandy (Clark) Hodges and Norma Lee (Carlyle) Olson; sisters-in-law, Fran Stark and Denise Stark; his beloved cat, Lacie; and many nieces and nephews.

Moe was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Karen Stark, Loretta Stark and Lorraine (Bob) Bambenek; brothers, Manuel, Eugene, Lloyd, Kenneth and Fritz Stark; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Thomas and Leo Carty; and sister-in-law, Pat Stark.

His memorial service will be at 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Grace Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Rachel Riggle officiating. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Hoff Celebration of Life Center – Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please share a memory of Moe, sign his online guestbook and view his video tribute when it becomes available at

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