Cecelia Ann Stark, aged 76, of North Plainfield, NJ, peacefully passed away at her home on Friday, June 2, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Born on April 19, 1947, in Plainfield, NJ, she was the cherished daughter of Anthony and Myrtle Monzione.
Cecelia's early years were spent in North Plainfield and Piscataway before she ultimately made her home in North Plainfield, where she remained a beloved resident throughout her life. After graduating from North Plainfield High School, Cecelia began her career at the Social Security Administration.
Her life took a beautiful turn when she met Alan Stark, the love of her life. They wed, and Cecelia embraced her role as a dedicated homemaker to Alan and their three beautiful children, a role she cherished deeply.
After her children had grown, Cecelia rejoined the workforce and became an integral part of the team at VA Lyons Hospital in Lyons, NJ. She served diligently as an EEO Program Assistant, contributing greatly to the hospital staff until her retirement in 2013.
Cecelia's faith was a cornerstone in her life, providing guidance and strength. Her spiritual journey led her to Calvary Chapel in Middlesex, NJ, where she found a supportive community that echoed her values and beliefs. This faith was a continual source of inspiration and strength for her.
Cecelia cherished her time spent with her family, particularly the summer trips to the Jersey Shore with her children and the unforgettable 2018 trip to Italy, accompanied by her daughter Rebecca and her family. Always selfless and willing to lend a hand, whether providing a ride to a friend or babysitting a neighbor's child, Cecelia was known for her generosity.
Above all, Cecelia will be remembered for her enduring love for children. As a mother and grandmother, her affection knew no bounds, particularly when it came to her grandchildren. She earned the affectionate title of the "Mayor of Kid Town," a testament to her warm spirit and unwavering love and affection.
Cecelia was predeceased by her husband, Alan Stark, in 2009.
She is survived by her three children, Elizabeth Ryno and her husband Brian, Rebecca Stanley and her husband Mark, and Matthew Stark and his wife Mandi. She leaves behind six cherished grandchildren, Thomas, Benjamin, Seth, Shamyn, Kylie, and Korin, two siblings, Patricia Steele and Anthony Monzione, Jr., and numerous beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Chapel Middlesex, 100 Fairfield Ave, Middlesex, NJ. A private interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date at St. Paul Cemetery in Norwich, NY.
Cecelia Stark's legacy lives on through her family and those privileged to have known her. Her dedication, love, and service to her family, community, and spiritual pursuits will be fondly remembered and deeply missed. Her life stands as a testament to her strong values, and she will continue to inspire all who knew her.