Wednesday, 17 July 2024

Charley Stephanski

Charley Stephanski. Courtesy photo.

Charles Harry Stephanski, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and cherished member of the community, passed away on March 22, 2024, in San Jose, California.

He was born on Sept. 7, 1939, in Lockport, New York, to John Robert and Irene Irma Stephanski.

Charley led a remarkable life filled with love, dedication, and service. He was a man of integrity and honor, traits instilled in him by his parents and honed during his years in the Navy.

Charley proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1977, progressing from a machinist mate student to a master chief machinist mate before his honorable discharge.

After his military service, Charley pursued various career paths, showcasing his versatility and dedication in roles such as a maintenance worker, chemical circulating tech, HVAC technician and ultimately become the co-owner of his own company, Dart Couriers in Clearlake, California, before retiring to San Jose in 2003 to be closer to his family.

His commitment to excellence and hard work was evident in all that he did, earning him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and peers.

Charley Stephanski. Courtesy photo.

On Jan. 28, 1961, in Burbank, California, Charley married his first wife, Geraldine Downs, with whom he shared 23 years. Together, they built a beautiful life with four children and cherished memories.

After their separation, Charley found love once again and married Pauline Clark on Oct. 22, 1987, in San Jose. Their union lasted 22 years and brought joy and companionship to both of their lives, until her passing in 2010.

Charley was a beloved family man, survived by his children Chuck, Teresa, Michael, Annie, stepchildren Marcy, John, Rob, and Terri, along with his sisters Mary Katherine Davis and Dr. Margaret Argentine and brother-in-law Dr. Leaonard Argentine.

His legacy extends to his 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who were the light of his life and the source of his greatest joy.

Charley was an active member of the community, was known for his inventive spirit and tinkering nature, and was always exploring new ideas and projects with passion and curiosity.

Charles Harry Stephanski will be deeply missed but never forgotten. His kind heart, unwavering dedication, and zest for life will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.

Keeping with Charley's giving spirit, and per his request, his remains have been donated through the Stanford Anatomical Gift Program.

A service and celebration of Charley’s life will be held on Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m. at 610 Mill Pond Dr. in San Jose.

In his memory, let us cherish the time we shared with Charley and carry forward the values of love, commitment, and service that he exemplified throughout his life.

May he rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the love and memories he created during his time with us.



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