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LISA STARK

Born: Apr 21, 1970

Date of Passing: Sep 13, 2014

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LISA STARK April 21, 1970 - September 12, 2014 Peacefully and on my own terms, I left this world on September 12, 2014. I am survived by my parents, Robert and Elaine Stark, my sister, Shawna Downey (Darin), and my sweet niece and nephew, Jordan and Joey. Since adolescence I have struggled with mental illness; it has caused pain and suffering not only to myself, but to my family and friends. We can finally rest. A celebration of my life will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at The Winnipeg Squash Club located at 275 Stradbrook Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Klinic Community Health Centre (www.klinic.mb.ca). "I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it." Mark Twain Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenlawn.ca. Glen Lawn Funeral Home 204-982-7550
Publish Date: Sep 20, 2014

LISA STARK April 21, 1970 - September 13, 2014 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Lisa on Saturday, September 13, 2014. A celebration of Lisa's life is being planned and a longer notice will follow. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenlawn.ca. Glen Lawn Funeral Home 204-982-7550
Publish Date: Sep 16, 2014

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 20, 2014

Condolences & Memories (45 entries)

  • It's been years now, but your memory does more than linger. The memories are still as vivid as ever. I will always miss your wit and your kindness that I was fortunate to experience. "even walls fall down" - Tom Petty. Hope to see you again one day! Insert heart emoji here... ;) - Posted by: Terry W (Friend) on: Jan 27, 2022

  • I am remembering Lisa today as it is her birthday. She was a strong woman and fought to the very end. Mental illness can be very powerful and overwhelming and she tried very hard to beat It. This world lost an amazing woman but I appreciate the courage and bravery and strength she had in life. - Posted by: Monika Penner (Cousin) on: Apr 21, 2017

  • I met Lisa in LaGrange, GA at Broad Street Church of Christ. We became friends and I loved how she was an avid baker like me. We baked goodies and always took them to work so WE would not eat them. I helped her "scrub the baseboards" in her new rented home and everytime I pass it, I think of her. She had such a sweet spirit and was loved by so many, especially Pauline and Roland Underwood. Roland would ask me if I have "heard from our red-headed friend from Winnipeg" constantly. She was such a pretty and sweet girl who touched more lives than she realized. I miss my precious friend terribly already (I just found out about this on Saturday, 1/10/15 from her old boyfriend, Jason). - Posted by: Cindy Miller (Friend/sister in Christ) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • Not seeing or hearing from Lisa for many years I have always thought of her. She will always and will be one of the most beautyful woman I have ever met. I am saddened to read this obituary today. I will never forget her she will always be in my heart - Posted by: Brian olson (Friend ) on: Nov 12, 2014

  • It was an honor to have sat beside such a brilliant student at various times during our, at times, grueling 3 years of school. I am deeply saddened that you are gone. - Posted by: Karen Siran-Loughery (Fellow student at U of M OT program) on: Oct 19, 2014

  • I pray for Lisa to hope she is happy and healthy and free. I also pray for Lisa's parents her sister Shawna, Joey, Jordan and Daren. Lisa always told my mom that I was different my mom always discussed on the phone with Lisa 8:00 am how I would do some weird things. Lisa would always say to my mom : let her be, she is a free spirited person. I'm happy Lisa changed how my mom thought. I wouldn't have became who I am today if it weren't for Lisa. I love you so much and you are right beside me at night <3. - Posted by: Amelia karchut (Lisa's friends daughter ) on: Oct 14, 2014

  • I met Lisa just this past Spring in Brandon, MB. I remember when I entered the house we were staying in. I met her in the hallway. She later told me she was so relieved to see me, someone her own age and felt an instant connection. And connect we did...we were both early risers, Lisa would have coffee ready - she knew I was an avid coffee drinker so she made sure there was plenty. We'd sit and chat many mornings, she'd share with me and I with her. She allowed me into her past and shared many of her struggles, experiences, happy and sad moments. We went for coffee together, spent one whole weekend walking all over town, laughed, cried, shopped, got caught in a horrible thunderstorm where we ran and laughed in the rain just like kids. We had lots of fun, worked hard at recovery. Lisa's commitment to the program to recover was second to none. She was devoted, determined and reached out to me several times when she was having a particularly bad day, as I did to her. When she left we exchanged gifts...I gave her a willow tree "forget me not", she gave me a journal and other items that I'll always hold dear. We parted ways with a big hug and promises to always keep in touch. I had invited her to visit during the Christmas holidays this year. Every morning she would text or message me an inspiring message or a Pinterest post that she liked. I will miss all of that like crazy. Lisa, you were one of a kind. A beautiful, talented, intelligent, organized, witty, and loving lady. A beauty of a friend. I will always always treasure you. For the short time that I knew you, you added to my life. You were and always will be a blessing to me. You made my stay in Brandon so much more bearable as I did yours. I know you were tired. I know you struggled. But I also saw first hand how much you tried to get better. I'm sorry you had to go, but I get it. Rest easy sweet friend in the arms of the angels. xo - Posted by: Christine Wheeler (Friend) on: Oct 07, 2014

  • I was lucky to consider Lisa my friend. She always had time for you no matter what struggles she was facing. May you take comfort in the fact that she will find a peace and happiness now that she was not able to attain in this life. You will be missed my friend. - Posted by: Jennifer Willems (Friend ) on: Sep 26, 2014

  • Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. - Posted by: Fran & Doug Rebeck () on: Sep 26, 2014

  • My deepest sympathy to the family during this time. Thank you for sharing so much with all of us during this time. Lisa will remain forever the most courageous woman I have ever met and the beautiful sound of her laughter will live in my heart forever. Fly free my beautiful lady - now it is your turn to dance every dance. - Posted by: Michelle Brunette (Friend) on: Sep 26, 2014

  • Shawna I'm so very sorry to hear of Lisa's passing. She was a beautiful person inside and out. The fact that Lisa had the strength to live and love for so long is a testament of how much she loved her family. Lisa fought this disease every day and is now in a much better place where she no longer has any saddness and pain. God has been with her this whole time and carried her in His arms. I hope you can find peace knowing that Lisa is at peace and will be with you all. There is another beautiful angel watching over you all. I wish I was closer and could give you a hug and try to take some of the saddness away. Take care and if you need a shoulder, just call and I can listen. Hugs xo - Posted by: Shauna Beatty ((friend of Shawna's)) on: Sep 26, 2014

  • So sorry for your loss. Thinking and praying for you all during this time. - Posted by: Laura Sterk () on: Sep 26, 2014

  • My condolences to all who know and love Lisa. May you take some comfort in the awareness that she touched many lives with her beautiful spirit. There is no doubt she is a very gentle soul. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Teresa Peterson (Attended U of M together) on: Sep 25, 2014

  • I only knew Lisa as an employee with the board but remember that whenever I saw her or had contact with her she appeared to be a genuine thoughtful and kind person. I have known many people in my life who suffer from mental illness especially depression and understand the stigma that is associated with this type of illness and therefore it is often hidden from others. We need to be more open and encouraging to people who suffer sometimes alone with their illness and to seek help. I am so sad for your loss. Love Kim. - Posted by: Kim Paquette (previously Hamilton) - retiree from WCB (Worker at the Board) on: Sep 25, 2014

  • Lisa was one of life's truly good people. She was smart, funny and beautiful. I loved her laugh. My heart goes out to her family. - Posted by: Chris Major (Friend ) on: Sep 25, 2014

  • A brighter light needs to shine on mental illness so we can have a better understanding of these disorders and offer help to the lost souls that suffer immensely from these conditions. I enjoyed spending time with Lisa; such a classy lady. You can now rest peacefully in God's care and will be remembered fondly. My condolences to Lisa's family and friends. - Posted by: Dan Lafleur (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2014

  • Lisa and I attended high school together she was on the quieter side but such a nice sweet person who could never hurt a fly! Recently we re-established a friendship on Facebook. She told me she suffered with mental illness, I had no idea. We had many good conversations, she offered advice and was a friend. To Shawna and Lisa's parents my deepest sympathies and may you find peace in knowing that Lisa is at peace! Fly with the Angels Lisa, you are free. Until we meet again! - Posted by: Dee Gobeil (Attended high school together ) on: Sep 24, 2014

  • My condolences to Robert and Elaine and family. May you find comfort in fond memories of better days, and may the Lord grant you peace, as you move through this difficult time. - Posted by: Cheryl (Lawrence) Goossen (distant family relative) on: Sep 24, 2014

  • You just can't always see how great the pain someone else feels. My condolences to Lisa's family and friends. - Posted by: Kelly Bauer (i also was in compassionnate care course.) on: Sep 24, 2014

  • My condolences to Bob and Elaine and family - Posted by: Jean Serge (John) Nolet (Friend of family) on: Sep 24, 2014

  • Thank you to Lisa's family for honouring her in publishing her own obituary and for the honesty about her suffering and that of her family. When someone leaves their life "on their own terms" after many years of mental illness, it is simply the need for peace and rest at last. Having recently lost our son who also left this world "on his own terms" at a similar age as Lisa, and who battled with mental illness since adolescence, our hearts go out to her family. Let us hope that Lisa's transparency will be another step in reducing the stigma about mental illness. - Posted by: Brian and Jennifer Stimpson (None) on: Sep 22, 2014

  • I have always looked up to my big cousin Lisa. I remember how kind and inclusive she was whenever I would visit Manitoba. Words cannot express the sadness I feel for Auntie Elaine, Uncle Bob, Shawna, and all of Lisa's friends and family. You are all in my thoughts. - Posted by: Monika (cousin) on: Sep 22, 2014

  • Our condolences to the Stark family R.I.P. Lisa - Posted by: The Egan's () on: Sep 22, 2014

  • So sorry to hear of Lisa's sudden passing. Sincere condolences Bob and Elaine. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. - Posted by: Gilles & Gisele Collette (former neighbors) on: Sep 22, 2014

  • The news of Lisa's passing was extremely sad. Hopefully knowing that Lisa is at rest with herself, will bring peace to her family and friends. My deepest sympathies to Robert, Elaine and Shawna. - Posted by: Cyndi Dureault (Childhood Friend-Neighbor) on: Sep 22, 2014

  • Lisa was as beautiful as the colors of Fall. God bless her and you her family. - Posted by: Rob Beal (School friend) on: Sep 22, 2014

  • Dear Shawna and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find and hold many dear memories that can help you through this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Deborah Capek - Posted by: Deborah Capek () on: Sep 21, 2014

  • Our hearts are aching to hear of Lisa's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. - Posted by: Bob & Pat from Seven Sisters (School chums) on: Sep 21, 2014

  • I am very shocked and very saddened by the passing of Lisa. I did run across her last week saying hi and used to run across each other in the gym numerous of times. My Condolences to Lisa's family. - Posted by: Marc Frechette (Friend ) on: Sep 20, 2014

  • Even though we attended the same high school, it was later in life that I had the privilege to get to know Lisa. I always thought she was beautiful inside and out. I enjoyed our many chats and was saddened to hear about her pain and passing. God Bless you and those closest to you!!! - Posted by: Darlene Leclaire (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2014

  • I am shocked and very saddened to hear of Lisa's passing. She was always a thoughtful friend. My deepest condolences to her family in these trying times. - Posted by: Joe Borys (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2014

  • To Bob, Elaine and Family, our sincere condolences . - Posted by: Leonard and Eveline Tytgat (Friends) on: Sep 20, 2014

  • Lisa was a wonderful person who was always quick to smile with an equally quit wit. She touched the lives of many people in my community and will be deeply missed. I am sad that she had to leave. - Posted by: Jeffrey Olsson (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2014

  • So smart, so sweet, such a gift to have known you, learned from you, laughed with you, shared a microscope with you - and now I cannot even say goodbye. I will NOT rest. I will remember you always. - Posted by: Thomas Steur (Friend and colleague) on: Sep 20, 2014

  • I met you only briefly Lisa, this past spring. You were a very kind and considerate soul and you expressed your battle with mental illness so eloquently and openly. I am sorry you were in such pain, and I very much hope that you are now free from that pain. - Posted by: Kelly Parker Kluger () on: Sep 20, 2014

  • Words cannot express my profound sadness for Lisa's family and friends. I will miss her quick wit and laughter. I would like to share something she wrote to me on one of my birthdays that has stayed with me. Life is full of ups and downs. If you're anything like me, more than once you've prayed to God to take away some of the low spots, if I had only realized that the experience I was trying to shake off was actually a life-alerting opportunity That was shaping me into the woman I am today, I would have screamed, "hit me with your best shot!" Knowing this after the fact didn't make it any easier. But looking back, I like myself so much better now for having endured it. Besides, I'd never have realized how high I am without the perspective of how low I've been. The real lesson to be learned is to face our challenges head on with grace, style, and conviction. So the next time life starts to resemble a roller coaster, climb into the front seat, throw your arms in the air, and enjoy the ride. "God's speed Lisa". Until we meet again. - Posted by: Sheila Di Santo (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2014

  • I was terribly saddened by the news of Lisa's passing. Such an intelligent and personable woman. We shared many stories about the young children in our families. My condolences and sympathy to her extended family. - Posted by: Tony Romeo (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2014

  • We were so sorry to hear of Lisa's passing away! May God hold you close during this difficult time! We're praying for you! - Posted by: Jodi Williamson (distant cousin) on: Sep 17, 2014

  • I am so saddened to hear of Lisa's passing. She was a flower girl at my wedding when she was just 9 years old. I watched her grow over the years into a beautiful young woman with a sweet and gentle spirit. I always enjoyed our talks and our shared interest in books and reading. I felt many times like we were kindred spirits. I hadn't seen her for a few years and now it's too late and that breaks my heart. My sincerest condolences to her family. - Posted by: Debby Funk (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2014

  • My deepest sympathies to all of Lisa's family and friends. She was a wonderful, intelligent, funny person. I will dearly miss our lunches, coffees and time spent chatting away the hours. - Posted by: Veronica Suszynski (friend) on: Sep 17, 2014

  • I was shocked and sad to hear of Lisa's passing. She was always a huge inspiration. I always looked forward to the chance to talk about our shared interests in traveling and politics at our family gatherings. She had a huge heart. I'm sorry we never got the chance to say goodbye. - Posted by: Craig (cousin) on: Sep 16, 2014

  • We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Lisa. You are in our hearts and our prayers at this difficult time. - Posted by: Shannon and Don Malkoske (Friends) on: Sep 16, 2014

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Lisa was a wonderful person and I had the privilege of knowing her since we were in high school. My thoughts are with the Stark family!! - Posted by: Lorrie Mestdagh Krahn (School friend) on: Sep 16, 2014

  • My heart goes out to Lisa's family at such a sad time. Thinking of you all. - Posted by: Cheryl Johnson () on: Sep 16, 2014

  • I am shocked and deeply saddened to read of Lisa's passing. We had become friends this past year after having not spoken since high school. She was a brilliant, beautiful person and I hope that she rests in peace. My condolences to her family, loved ones and those closest to her heart. - Posted by: Tammy Carriere (friend) on: Sep 16, 2014

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