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Mr. Charles John Stoehrmann passed away peacefully on December 28, 2016 in Sanford, North Carolina.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 23, 1923, Charlie grew up in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, graduating from Lyndhurst High School in June 1941.Â He served as his senior class president and also ran track.Â 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.Â 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.Â He married Patricia Leigh Dey of Glen Ridge, New Jersey on September 6, 1947, and the couple settled in Sparta, New Jersey.Â In 1961, Charlie, Pat and their children moved to Benghazi, Libya, for a year and then to Singapore for six years.Â They returned to New Jersey 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.Â They retired to Carolina Trace in Sanford in 1987.
Charlie is survived by his son, Kenneth Stoehrmann, and his wife Joanne of Reno, Nevada; his daughter, Bonnie Berry, and her husband Richard of Cheyenne, Wyoming; five grandchildren; and two great granddaughters.Â He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Pat, and an infant son, Scott.
The family will hold a celebration of Charlieâs life at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sanford, North Carolina at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 312 N. Steele Street, Sanford, NC 27330; or the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park #10, Raleigh, NC 27615.Â
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