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Obituaries: Maurice J. Stack


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Maurice J. Stack of Verona, N.J., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at home. He was 83 years of age. Funeral from the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair, is on Thursday at 9 a.m., then to Our Lady of the Lake Church, 32 Lakeside Ave., Verona, N.J., where at 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will offered. Interment will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Viewing is from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Maurice was born in Hoboken, N.J., on Sept. 30, 1927, to Edward M. and Marguerite Gautier Stack, the first of their five children. He was educated in the public school system in Hoboken, and graduated from Demarest High School in 1946. In the fall of that year, Maurice joined the United States Army and was sent to Korea with the 53rd Field Artillery battalion, 6th Infantry Division.

After he returned home, he went into the insurance business with his father, and his uncle, William J. Stack, who were partners in the firm of Stack & Stack, Inc. Maurice remained with the firm for more than 50 years as a licensed independent insurance agent. He was partners with his brother, William J. Stack II, who led the real estate appraisal portion of the firm until his death in 2010. In 2004, Maurice retired, and hoped to travel and spend more time with his grandchildren.

He was very active with the Hoboken-North Hudson YMCA, serving on the board of directors for many years, as well as with the Kiwanis Club of Hoboken, The American Red Cross, The American Legion Post 185, Caldwell, N.J., and many other service organizations. A longtime member of the Essex Fells Country Club, he served as the activities chairman on their board of directors. Moe loved his golf, and his favorite weekend foursome. He loved a joke, to share stories of his beloved Hoboken, and to spend time with his friends, and loved to show everyone how to tie a bow tie – correctly. On Sept. 30, 1987, he retired from NJARNG, 1st Battalion, 113th Infantry, 50th Armored Division, with the rank of sergeant major (E9) after 20 years of service to his county.

Maurice is survived by his wife of 49 years, Helen Courtney Stack, and his children, Marguerite E. DeMaio and husband, Richard, of Livingston, N.J., Helen T. Fano and husband, Thomas, of West Caldwell, N.J., and Jennifer G. Stack of Verona, and grandchildren, Edward M. and Andrew Stack, Ryann and Richard DeMaio, Vincent and Michael Fano. Maurice was predeceased by his sons, Edward Maurice and William Joseph Stack. He leaves behind his sisters, Teresa Pflugh of Blairstown, N.J., Margaret Coolahan and husband, James, of Little Silver, N.J., and Mary Gaspar and husband, George, of Verona. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Maureen MacAleer Stack of Monnmouth Beach, N.J., and Natalie Devlin and husband, Edward, of Matawan, N.J., and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Fl., New York, N.Y. 10001, or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rod., Suite 300, Jacksonville, Fla. 32256.

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