CB Stark is a household name on Island. Cheryl set up shop on Water Street in Vineyard Haven in 1969, and after more than half a century, she cultivated a wide and loyal fan base and dedicated staff.
Her reach extended beyond jewelry, however. She supported numerous organizations, including Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, and Vineyard House. She was active in the recovery community, having almost four decades of sobriety herself, and encouraged others in their fight against addiction.
Cheryl died on Jan. 2, and was survived by Margery L. Meltzer, her beloved wife and business partner of 45 years; her sister, Renée Stark of Palm Beach and Edgartown; her godson, Joshua Kochin, his wife Heather, and their two sons, Beckett and Levi; and many cherished nieces and nephews and their children. She was predeceased by her parents, Edna and William Stark of San Antonio, Texas, and her brother, Leslie J. Stark of Vineyard Haven. Cheryl also leaves her devoted CB Stark Jewelers staff, including Sarah York, Jeff Regan, Elysha Roberts, Chris Bergeron, Sharon Duncan-Sylvia, and countless other current and former employees.
There will be a celebration of her life on Sunday, June 4, from 4 to 7 pm at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury, organized by the CB Stark Jewelry staff. It is a free potluck dinner with live music.