Charles E. Stevens
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Major Charles Edward (Zeszutko) Stevens, USMC Retired, 81, of Fredericksburg Virginia, formerly of Lorton, Virginia, and a native of Utica, New York, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 29, 2012. He was the first child born of the late Edward and Helen Zeszutko on March 7th, 1931. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education, class of 1954, from Cortland University, State College of New York, but chose a career in the United States Marine Corps. As a career Marine, he served his country honorably during the Vietnam War, where he earned the Bronze Star for Valor. After his active duty, he was employed by SAIC as a consultant, traveling overseas utilizing his teaching skills to train and educate. He was an active member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and a 4th Degree Knight in the Battlefield Council of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Janet Berthold Stevens, and his children, David J. Stevens and his wife, Dianne, of Murrell Inlet, SC, Diane S. Bermingham and her husband, Michael, of Spotsylvania, VA, Michael E. Stevens and his wife, Karen, of Galax, VA, Russell A. Stevens and his wife, Alice, of Stafford, VA, and Kathleen S. Posey, of Leesburg, VA. He was also blessed and enjoyed the lives of his 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his sisters, Christine Kowalewski and Dorothy and brother-in-law, Malio Cardarelli, and younger brother, Jerry Zeszutko. Family will receive friends at Laurel Hill Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, December 1, with the Battlefield Council of the Knights of Columbus performing services at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church Monday, December 2, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jerry Wooton officiating. Burial will follow at Quantico National Cemetery at 12 noon on Monday. In lieu of flowers, his request is that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org to help and remember those who protect this great country. Online condolences may be made at: www.laurelhillfuneralhome.com Semper Fidelis
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Nov. 30, 2012