Memorial water fountain donated to Marshall library

April 20, 2019

Diane Graff

The Courier

Marshall resident Mel Stark has donated a new, all-metal water fountain to the Marshall Community Library in memory of his late wife, Rosemary.

Rosemary’s sister, Elaine Swenson, made a contribution as well. The new water fountain comes equipped with a water bottle filler that Rosemary Stark would have liked to use after attending the senior aerobics class.

Rosemary Stark volunteered for the Friends of the Library, and regularly attended programs at the library.

She passed away on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at the age of 73. She succumbed to an aneurysm during a courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

She married Mel Stark Nov. 18, 1967. Mel Stark is a current Friends of the Library member and volunteer, and leads a weekly wood carving club.

“She was a special lady,” Mel Stark said of his late wife. “Rosemary would have been proud.

“She was a true lover of the written word. Where else would you find the written word, then at the library?” he asked.

Rosemary Stark was a proof reader of novels and worked at Strand Associates in Madison, her husband said.

The library covered the cost of the installation through its gifts and grants fund, to which many people have donated over the years. An engraved metal plaque was donated by the Lothe family of Laser-4-U in Sun Prairie. It reads, “In Memory of Rosemary A. Stark A Lover of the Written Word.”

Final installation of the fountain was completed April 10, during National Library Week.

The bubbler was a much-needed replacement for an old fountain which was not filtered, did not have a bottle filler, and which was in deteriorating condition, having been installed 17 years ago when the library was built.

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