Herbert "Mel" Stark

Herbert "Mel" Stark, 81, of Bridgewater, N.J., and formerly of Plains Township, passed away Monday in Raritan Health Nursing Home.

Born Nov. 11, 1931, in Plains Township, he was a son of the late Charles and Joanna Stark.

Mr. Stark was employed by the Bridgewater Raritan Board of Education for 38 years. During his tenure, he served as the head guidance counselor and vice principal at Adamsville School.

Mel graduated from King's College, Wilkes-Barre, then Seton Hall University, where he received his master's degree. He was a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Somerville, N.J.

In 1992, Mel was honored by New Jersey's A+ FOR KIDS Teacher Network for innovative and creative lesson plans, after he planned a week's worth of activities to help his students learn about the Bill of Rights.

Mr. Stark was an avid baseball fan and amateur coach. He organized and served as the manager for the Bridgewater American Legion Post 507 Baseball Team for 25 years. During his time as coach, he proudly witnessed many of his players receive college baseball scholarships.

Surviving are his loving wife, Florence Sakowski Stark, Bridgewater; his daughter, Donna Craig and son-in-law, Bruce Craig, Los Gatos, Calif.; his son, Christopher Stark and daughter-in-law, Karen Stark, Towson, Md.; five grandchildren, Ian Craig, Emma Craig, Samuel Stark, Thomas Stark and William Stark.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Somerville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mel's memory to the Immaculate Conception Church Foundation, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876; or The Steeplechase Cancer Center, 30 Rehill Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876.

Published in Times Leader on June 26, 2013