Patricia Ann (Oles) Stark, of Mora, died on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at her home. She was 77 years old.

She was born on Sept. 5, 1941, to Carlos and Stella Oles in Minneapolis. She lived there until grade school and finished high school in Mora. She then went to lab and x-ray school. Her jobs were in Cambridge and Mora where she was the lab manager and infection control for many years.

She and her husband, Gary, were united in marriage on March 24, 1962. They had two children; Tawni and Todd. She was a matriarch to many nieces, nephews and friends. She was always one to ask advice and was a great listener.

She and her husband purchased a Dairy Queen in 1990 and retired after seven years. They were snowbirds in Mesa, Arizona.

She loved to travel. Her favorite trip was a ladies trip to Italy. She went to Europe, Canada and Ireland. She had a flair for decorating and her house looked like a magazine. She was also a wonderful cook and made everything from scratch. In the last few years she taught her husband her secrets to cooking. She enjoyed playing cards and loved to laugh.

She was a charter member of the Dala Mora Business and Professional Women and Mora Women’s Jaycees. She initiated the Bread and Breakfast program in the early years of the Vasaloppet. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by parents; Carlos and Stella Oles, sisters; Lillian Alford and Gladys Leonardson. 

She is survived by husband; Gary, children; Tawni (Neil) VanVleet and Todd (Melanie Novacek) Stark, grandsons; Nathan, Zach (Anna), Zane, Quentin, Quade, Derek (fiancé Paige), Cole and Jacob, great- grandson; Ronen, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora. There will be a visitation from 5-7:00 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2019 at Dresser Methven Funeral Home.

Arrangements provided by Dresser Methven Funeral and Cremation Services

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