Teresa Marie (Haberkorn) Stark, 92, of Pontiac, Illinois passed away Saturday, August 13, 2022 at St. James John Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, August 19, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Pontiac. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Cullom. A rosary will be said Thursday, August 18, at 3:30 p.m., followed by a visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home. Memorials in Teresa’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Mass offerings, or Evenglow Lodge. Teresa was born in Chatsworth, Illinois to Leo and Estella (Reising) Haberkorn on July 2, 1930. She graduated eighth grade from Drendel, a one-room schoolhouse, and was a 1949 high school graduate of Our Lady Academy, taught by Sisters of the Holy Heart of Mary, in Manteno, Illinois. On July 1, 1950, she married the love of her life, Charles E. (Chuck) Stark, in St. John’s Church, Cullom, Illinois. She is survived by her devoted husband of 72 years; their six children:  Greg (Terri) Stark, Nancy (Michael) Somers, Lori (David) Harroun, Patricia (Mark) McDermott, Sally (James) Moritz, and Jeffery (Christine) Stark; 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; four sisters: Barbara Gray, Mary Gillespie, Catherine Bailey, and Rita Winge; and two brothers, Richard and Michael Haberkorn. Teresa was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Estella Haberkorn; two sisters, Margaret Ruebling and Roberta “Jane” Shumaker; and two brothers, Thomas and Ronald Haberkorn. Teresa dedicated her life to farming with Chuck and raising their family together. Her children and grandchildren hold fond memories of gardening, canning, and baking with mom and grandma. Her sewing skills led to beautiful quilts shared with family and friends. She was known for her unique giraffe collection and stylish hats for every occasion. Actively involved in community service and her faith, Teresa was a member of the Clifton Hospital Auxiliary, GFWC Illinois Women’s Club of Cullom and Past Presidents Club, St. John’s Altar and Rosary, Daughters of Isabella, and University of Illinois Mothers Association. She also taught CCD classes at St. John’s. Above all, Teresa adored time spent with the family and celebratory gatherings – the bigger, the better! Family vacations and social time with friends, including card and holiday parties, and traveling, rounded out a well-filled life. It was during these special moments that she grew into a prolific photographer. Teresa said she had been “so blessed” in her life; those who knew and loved her felt blessed, too. This obituary may be view-ed and a guestbook signed at www.duffyfuneralhome.com or visit us on Facebook.

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