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Retire Marine Corps Maj. Charles Edward Stevens, 81, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Lorton and a native of Utica, N.Y., was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.
He was the first child born to the late Edward and Helen Zeszutko on March 7, 1931.
He earned his bachelor's degree in education, class of 1954, from State University of New York at Cortland, but chose a career in the U.S. 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, and a Fourth Degree Knight in the Battlefield Council of the Knights of Columbus
He is survived by his wife, Janet Berthold Stevens; his children David J. Stevens and his wife, Dianne, of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Diane S. Bermingham and her husband, Michael, of Spotsylvania County, Michael E. Stevens and his wife, Karen, of Galax, Russell A. Stevens and his wife, Alice, of Stafford and Kathleen S. Posey of Leesburg. He was also blessed and enjoyed the lives of his 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his immediate family he is survived by his sisters, Christine Kowalewski and Dorothy and husband Malio Cardarelli; and younger brother, Jerry Zeszutko.
The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Laurel Hill Funeral Home, with the Battlefield Council of the Knights of Columbus performing a service at 6:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, with the Rev. Jerry Wooton officiating. Burial will follow at noon Monday, in Quantico National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, he requested that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, at wounded warriorproject.org, to help and remember those who protect this great country.
Online condolences may be made at laurelhillfuneral home.com.