Pauline Helen Stark

Pauline “Polly” Helen Stark, 82, of Southampton died Aug. 1, 2015, after a brief illness. 

Born April 28, 1933, in Riverhead to Henry and Catherine (Hoban) Brooks, she married Anthony “Tony” Stark. She was employed for many years at Peconic Ophthalmology, retiring at age 80. She volunteered her talents and time to many organizations.

Polly was a practical, no-nonsense woman who moved through life with purpose and was always ready to embrace new experiences. She was generous with her time and knowledge and took great pleasure in sharing her skills with young and old alike.

Polly was a skilled and award-winning artisan and craftswoman, happiest when her hands were busy; whether sewing dolls clothes for the children, assisting neighborhood girls with their prom dresses, teaching frightened first-time Girl Scout campers how to pitch a tent and build a campfire, to knitting circles and basket guilds. Polly always managed to find time to lend a hand to friends and neighbors in need.

Predeceased by her husband of 52 years, she is survived by her three daughters and their spouses, Suzanne and Paul Pysarenko of Riverhead, Diane and Gary Glanz of Southampton and Joanne and Kevin Martin of Fitchburg, Mass.; four grandchildren and their spouses, Tristan and Diana Glanz of Southampton, Devin and Kelly Glanz of Southampton, Elizabeth Pysarenko of Bowling Green, Ohio, and Julia Glanz of Salisbury, Md.; five great-grandchildren, Anthony, Dylan, Margaret, Natalie and Trevor Glanz; her brother, Michael Brooks, and his wife, Christa, of Indian Lake, N.Y.; her nephews, Michael and Peter Brooks; her niece, Jennifer Thalmann; and many kind and loving friends.

The family will receive visitors Friday, Aug. 7, from 10:30 am to 12:30 p.m. at O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton, followed by 1 p.m. Mass at Basilica of Jesus and Mary in Southampton. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity or organization of your choice.


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