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James E. Staerk, 61, of Ringtown, passed away on Monday, July 8th at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 6th, 1958 in Abington, Pa in Montgomery County to the late Paul Francis Staerk Sr. and living mother Virginia M. “Britland” Staerk
James worked as a caregiver in the healthcare industry and was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Ringtown and was studying to become a Deacon.
Besides his father, James was preceded by 1 brother, John Joseph Staerk
Surviving is his wife of 38 years, Kathleen “Mays” Staerk, 1 son – Jacob Daniel Staerk of Pottsville, 1 daughter, Jennifer Marie Sieber of Morgantown, WV, 1 brother – Paul Francis Staerk Jr. with his wife Nancy of Zion Grove, 2 sisters, Pati Kennedy with her husband Richard Szente of Harleysville, Pa and Virginia Landis of Ashland, 2 grandchildren, Evie Marie Sieber and Nolan Michael Sieber, also surviving is his best friend, Kevin McCabe and several nieces and nephews.
" Jim's legacy is one of unconditional love and compassion. He was known for his good-humor, infectious laughter and kind spirit. Jim demonstrated pride in working for nearly 30 years as a caregiver, often forming extraordinary bonds with his clients. He was also very proud of his children, his grandchildren, his garden and his home. Jim was a man of great faith. He was devoted to his family and he adored his mother. He was quick to defend the ones he loved with passion and veracity. He knew no stranger. He lifted up the vulnerable and the broken, without hesitation. Jim gave hope and encouragement. He touched so many lives. He will be deeply and sincerely missed. "
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 19th from 3 to 5pm at St. Paul’s U.C.C. Church, 100 E. Main St, Ringtown, Pa. Scripture services will be held at 5pm with Pastor Craig Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. A gathering of loved ones will be held at the church following the memorial service, refreshments will be provided.
In Lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory can be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 100 East Main St, PO Box 211, Ringtown, Pa 17967