Gayle L. Stark

Born: Friday, February 10, 1950
Passed: Monday, October 15, 2018

11/17/2018 | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church  , Rockford IL 
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Gayle L. (Hakes) Stark, 68, of Rockford, IL, died early Monday morning, October 15, 2018 after a long illness. Born February 10, 1950, in Rockford, the daughter of Harrison "Bud" Hakes and Beatrice "Bea" (Peterson) Hakes.
She lived in Rockford her whole life, attending both city and county schools, graduating from Guilford High School in 1968. Worked at Bob's Hardware and Panino's where she was loved by staff and customers, thus very good for business. As a mother of a seven year old son, she met and married Steve Stark in 1981 at Zion Lutheran Church, where both have multi-generational ties.
Gayle's love and empathy for young people, particularly junior and high school age made her the center of trust and confidence for many kids, co-workers, church family, and friends of her children. "Momma" Stark often was the first stop when trouble came or good news had to be shared. Her door was open and so was her heart. Just ask the hundreds of young people who frequented her busy kitchen and spotless home.
She loved rhythm, music, and dance, ringing English hand bells in a unique group called The Blue Bells of Zion with her mother and several other church friends. By the way, they sang while ringing-amazing! They even performed on the Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour!
She loved to cook and bake and kids would to "graze". Hanging around her was "sanctuary" for many wandering souls. She shared her life with many sweet dogs, who in turn were welcoming hosts in her warm and friendly home. She loved the North Woods, camping with family and friends, cross-country skiing, dancing and yep-she was a pretty good bowler. A person of few words; many actions and listening ears. Gayle didn't talk love-she lived it.
Gayle is survived by her husband, Steve; son, Aaron (Sarah Murr) Stark; brother, Ross (Karen); nephews, Craig and Brett; grandson, Elias; granddaughter, Trinity Plager; and many cousins with extended families. Predeceased by her parents; brother, Chuck (1974); and son, Cori (2008).
Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery, Rockford with a Celebration of Life gathering at 2:00 p.m. on November 17, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, 925 5th Ave, Rockford. Memorials may be made to Northern Illinois Hospice, 4215 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 or to the discretion of family.

Condolences & Shared Memories (17)

  1. June Swanson

    Hey Steve, just figured this out. I am so sorry for your loss. You were such a good husband, you were so cute together. Gayle will be missed by so many. If she runs into Keith in heaven, won't that be great? Love you Steve, hope you are doing ok, faith, it's a lovely thing.

  2. Debbie Benshetler

    Words can not express how sad I am over the loss of Gayle. She was such a dear friend. She was also a wonderful roommate after graduation from Guilford for a number of years. So happy that I got to see her aftery return to Rockford. We sure had fun in our "hippy" days. Prayers to Steve and family.

  3. Tammy Thompson

    So sorry for your loss Steve Stark and family!!!!! Sending lots of prayers!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Amanda (Codina) Vincent

    I'm so sorry to for you loss and wish I could come and pay my respects but living in California makes that hard. I wish many brighter days going forward.

  5. Mark Peterson and Carolyn Peterson

    My condolences and sympathy to you Steve on Gail's passing. We unfortunately will be out of town at a wedding so can't make the memorial service. Blessings to you and Aaron.

  6. Barb Key

    Steve my heart is breaking for you. We have lost our loved ones way too early. The emptiness in our hearts is overwhelming. Thinking of you and your beautiful wife! May God bring you comfort!

  7. Josie Peebles

    So sorry to hear of Gayle's passing.I first had contact with the Hake family,Bea, Bud, Gayle and Steve Starks when they volunteered for many years at the P.A.Peterson, "Celebration" an art, crafts,food fair held in August during the early 1990's. Such wonderful,talented and giving people. Gayle was "special".

  8. Kathi Johnson

    Gayle and me went to Rolling Green school, Vandercook, & Guilford together. I knew her most of my life. I can still see her with her long pigtails and pink cheeks . She was a good friend . She always made you smile and got everyone laughing with her quick wit. I am glad I knew her and am so sorry she is gone so soon.

  9. Adam Livingston

    I love and will always remember you mama Stark. A wonderful woman and a great family.

  10. Brad Carlson

    Mama Stark was such a kind soul and there for every single one of Cori's friends that walked in that door... She is likely sitting in heaven next to my mother... Two loving angels sharing the heavens

  11. Katie MacRoy

    Aaron and Steve, My sincerest condolences to you both. Gayle was always a kind and loving spirit whenever I saw her. She was so proud of her family and loved to share how you all were doing and what latest life adventure you were on. I can only imagine how much you'll both miss her, but I'm also certain she was greeted by a group of people she was so happy to see. Never forget she's always with you in spirit.

  12. Marty Kiepke

    I knew Gayle, as well as her folks and brother Chuck, for almost 50 years. I very good long time friend who will be missed by MANY. God bless her many friends and family as they go through this difficult time, but take solace in knowing that her struggles are over and that she is now sharing in the glory of our Lord.

  13. Warren Strom

    Thinking of you tonight Steve. I only met Gayle a couple of times, but your love for her was deep. You brought me a little way back to the GAB fold a couple years ago, and that is what I saw. All your many friends are with you both tonight, and tomorrow. Warren

  14. Tricia Kiddell

    A wonderful soulful beautiful lady who will be missed by many especially by her family. Heartfelt condolences from the Kiddell family.

  15. Michelle crane (Kosowiec)

    Sending prayers and hugs to Steve and the rest of the family. I cannot count the number of late late nights we would knock on your door either as a prank or for advice or just a hug. Both Steve and gayle opening the door with a smile on their faces and whatever food could be found was on the table for a midnight talk. The most amazing couple that I know! You both have touched so many lives and there are no words to explain how grateful myself and so many others are for the entire families kindness, sincerity, love and dedication to serving others. A beautiful angel has gotten her wings and will be watching over us.

  16. Stasi Kosowiec

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a amazing women. Prayers for you all.

  17. Jodi Reinoehl Waddell

    We met in 9th grade at Guilford High in home room. We have been friends ever since. There are over 50 years of wonderful memories. I am so happy I was able to spend time with her this summer. She will shine bright forever in my heart. Kazoo to Kazoo

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