IRVING - Riesia M. Stark, age 16, of Pelion, South Carolina, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the Lexington Medical Center in South Carolina.
Born March 5, 1997 in Columbia, South Carolina into the Bear Clan of the Seneca Nation of Indians Cattaraugus Territory, she was the daughter of Michael Sr. and Sherry Lynn (Cooper) Stark.
Riesia would have been a sophomore this fall at the Pelion High School in Pelion S.C. and a part of the "Class of 2016." In high school, Riesia was involved with the school's Junior ROTC Drill Team. She loved the school activities that she was involved in which included the Drill Team and Marching Band, she played the Clarinet and Contrabass, she enjoyed swimming, playing badminton and enjoyed her trips back to Western New York to visit her extended family. Riesia was a loving daughter, sister, niece and friend. She had a smile that would light up a room and warm the hearts of all she touched.
Besides her father, Michael Stark Sr., Riesia is survived by 3 sisters, Adaylya of Sheridan, Ark., Delilah and Elisecia; 3 brothers Michael Jr., Nicholas and Johnathan, all of Pelion S.C., along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Riesia was preceded in death by her mother, Sherry Lynn Cooper Stark. Sherry passed away Feb. 18, 2008.
The family will receive friends at the home of Joy Cooper, 106 Hot Meadows Dr. Irving after 1 p.m. today and all day on Wednesday. Riesia's funeral will be held from the home Thursday July 25, 2013 at 11a.m. with burial to follow in the family cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her mother.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pelion JROTC Drill Team, c/o The Stark Family 649 Wash-board Road Pelion, S.C. 29123.
Arrangements are by the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME, 44 Center St., Go-wanda, NY (716)-532-4200