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AGE: 91 • Fords
Charles Stek, 91, of Fords, died peacefully July 21 with his wife of 67 years by his side. He would have been 92 on Aug. 6. Born in Perth Amboy, NJ., one of seven children, Charles graduated from Perth Amboy High School in 1938.
He joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in January 1939 and worked in California and Montana, cutting down trees to clear the way for roads, for which he earned $8 a month; most of which was sent to his home to help support the family. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in October 1942 and was sent to the Rome AFB Medical Department and in 1945 to ETO, where he served in England, France and Germany, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.
While serving in Germany, he met Frances Maria Powondra of Ternopil, Ukraine, whom he married before leaving the service in November 1946. They were living in Perth Amboy when Charles was recalled to active duty in October 1950 and served at Wright-Patterson AFB.
Charles worked for a brief time as an upholsterer in New York City and on the assembly line at General Motors before being hired as a pipefitter by Chevron Oil in Perth Amboy, where he worked for 30 years.
He was a past president of the American-Ukrainian Veterans, past president of the Ukrainian Seniors and a former trustee of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption in Perth Amboy. He was a member of the church choir and was a past president of the Choir Boyan and a pyrohy worker for many years at the church. In addition, Charlie introduced now very popular after mass coffee hour at the church.
He was a committeeman for the Democratic Party in the 2nd ward of Woodbridge and spent many hours stuffing envelopes and doing other volunteer work for the township. He was also a member of the Fords-Keasbey Seniors. Charlie was a congenial and easy-going guy who loved the beach, was handy around the house and yard and was always willing to help out a friend or neighbors
Surviving are his three children, George C., of New Braunfels, Texas, and Soldotna, Alaska; Charles A., of Highland, Md., and Vera C., of Green Bank, N.J.; and one grandson, Alex, of Highland, Md.; a brother, Joseph, of Port Orange, Fl., and a sister, Olga, of Union City, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 10 AM Thursday July 25th at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 684 Alta Vista Place, Perth Amboy, followed by interment at the Ukrainian Catholic Church Cemetery on Florida Grove Road in Hopelawn under the direction of the Gerity & Chubenko Funeral Home 411 Amboy Avenue, Woodbridge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 684 Alta Vista Place, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, or the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the
, 331 Newman Springs Road, Red Bank, NJ, 07701. To send online condolences please visit www.gerityfh.com
Published in Home News Tribune on July 23, 2013