SPARTA - Charles John Stoehrmann, formerly of Sparta, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 28. He was 93.|
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 23, 1923, Charlie grew up in Lyndhurst, graduating from Lyndhurst High School in June, 1941. He served as his senior class president and also ran track. He began working for Esso Standard Oil (now ExxonMobil) immediately after high school and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after the outbreak of World War II. During the war, he served in the Pacific Theater as an air defense gunner, participating in the campaigns to retake the islands of Tarawa and Okinawa.
After the war, Charlie returned to Esso, where he began working as a logistician as he completed his degree from Farleigh Dickinson University. He married Patricia Dey, of Glen Ridge, on Sept. 6, 1947, and the couple settled in Sparta. While living in Sparta, Charlie served on the Sparta Township School District Board of Education for several years.
In 1961, Charlie, Pat and their children moved to Benghazi, Libya, for a year and then to Singapore for six years. They returned to Sparta in 1967, and then moved to Houston, Texas, in 1970, where they remained until Charlie retired from Exxon in 1986 after 45 years of service with the company. They moved to Carolina Trace in Sanford, N.C., in 1987.
Charlie is survived by his son, Kenneth Stoehrmann and his wife, Joanne, of Reno, Nev.; his daughter, Bonnie Berry and her husband, Richard, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Pat, and an infant son, Scott.
The family will hold a celebration of Charlie's life at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 312 N. Steele St., Sanford, N.C. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Thomas Church or the
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Jan. 1, 2017