Myrtle Margaret Stack

Born: Sat., Dec. 1, 1934
Died: Fri., Sep. 20, 2019

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Myrtle Margaret Stack, age 84, died peacefully on Friday, September 20, 2019, after a short bout with terminal cancer. 

“Myrt” was born Dec. 1, 1934, in Sauk County- Dellona Wisconsin, graduated from Central High School in 1952, further graduating The University of Wisconsin with her Bachelors in English Education, returning later receiving her Masters in Counseling for a combined 37 years of teaching and counseling in the Madison area.  Myrt was an academic counselor at LaFollette spending most of her years at West High.  Myrt was a no-nonsense type of lady and set great expectations for her students; nonjudgmental and caring, Myrt was very effective during her career and set many students on the path to success. 

Myrt retired in 1994 and began to travel and explore with her long-time partner and best friend Jim Clark (JC).  They were snowbirds for 24 years between St. Pete Beach Florida to either Wisconsin or Montana; where they enjoyed many sunsets and time together.

Myrt was well respected by all that knew her and left an impact on many lives.  She was also a big sports fan and watched and went to numerous sporting activities.  Go Pack! Go Badgers! 

She enjoyed traveling, skiing, golfing, reading, sunsets, ice cream right out of the carton, cold beer, and a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio. But most importantly Mryt loved being a mother and a grandmother.  Family was the most important to her and she made sure that all were loved and well taken care of. 

Myrt is survived by her children, Bill Stack (Ginger) and Tom Stack (Tobie), grandchildren, Chance Stack, Tanner Stack, and Zoe Stack all of Montana; her brothers Don Howley (Lynn), Gary Howley (Rosalie), many nieces/nephews and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Corma and Ed Howley, Brother Dennis Howley, and the love of her life JC.

In keeping with Myrt's wishes, there will not be any services.Memories and condoolences may be sent to the family at

Her boys will spread her ashes at some of her favorite places in Wisconsin and Montana.  She spoke her mind, touched a lot of lives over the years, left impressions on many, and made this world a much brighter place to those who knew her.  

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Jane Tougas
   Posted Sun September 29, 2019
Tom, sorry to see of the loss of your Mom, know how much you loved her,may your wonderful memories help at this time!! Love, Jane Tougas

Renae Schroeder
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
Bill & Tom, I remember your Mother from cocktail parties in the Orchard Ridge neighborhood. She was a character! She was a very lively woman, always ready with a laugh. My sympathy to you and your families.

Dave Dubenske
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
Bill and Tom, I worked with your mother for a number of years. She was a breath of fresh air, no bull ——, and meant what she said. I loved her straight forward approach. I was her computer contact forever. Enjoyed working with Jim also. Glad they were able to spend their retirement together, sorry her time was cut short.

Carol Shepard
   Posted Fri October 04, 2019
Dear Tom and Bill and families,
Myrt was a very special colleague and friend and valued Counselor in the West High School Guidance Dept. I first met Myrt in 1987 when she was the Dept. Chair...she interviewed me and hired me on the spot. From then on, I knew how decisive she was. She was a strong, capable and well respected Chair by all the staff. She possessed the qualities of a great Administrator (as demonstrated when she was an interim assistant principle). Skilled as she was professionally, she brought a breath of fresh air to our department. She made us laugh every day. Team meetings were punctual, effective and fun. She enjoyed our social times with the whole department whenever and as often as she could make that happen. One of her closest friends was Joan McNamee, who was head secretary and "the department boss". Unfortunately, Joan left this world way before her time, but it makes me smile to know that Myrt and Joan will be best of friends in the new world which awaits Myrt. I am grateful to your Mom for her kindness, patience and guidance in helping me grow to be even half the Counselor she was. May she be at peace, and may you too find peace in the days ahead.

Gar Ammerman
   Posted Sun October 06, 2019
Bill & Tom, I'm sorry to hear of Myrt's passing. Myrt & I spent many days together both personally and professionally. She was always there when I needed her. At West she looked after and cared for my two sons, Garin & Greg. Myrt and JC loved the Wisconsin northwoods, camping, canoeing, and drinking beer on many different lakes. They enjoyed numerous sleepovers at my house on Boulder Lake. Your mom was an advocate and fighter for thousands of students she counseled. It was my privilege and honor to know Myrt. She was one of a kind. Nobody can replace her. Be proud. Best regards, Gar.

Ellen H Meister
   Posted Wed October 09, 2019
Bill, Tom and families: Thinking of you, and wishing you peace and comfort as you reflect upon all the wonderful and joyous occasions you shared with your Mother. Myrt was my best Verona, WI friend from 5th grade on and beyond. Myrt and her Mother, Corma tried to keep us all in order as young activists throughout our high school years. We shared memories of early marriages during college, and kept in touch throughout our careers. Other special occasions brought us together again and again in Florida and especially in Montana. "Meister" and I traveled annually thru Missoula on our way to northern Idaho. We could easily see why she loved with all her heart watching the ventures of her Montana boys---college, marriage, careers and all that life had to offer in the Great West. Myrt was a very caring and sharing person to all in her circle of friends. I will miss her but cherish the memories forever. Ellen Meister

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