Obituary: Charles J Sterback Sr., father, friend, uncle, and World War II veteran

Charles J Sterback Sr., father, friend, uncle, and World War II veteran died peacefully at his home in Trumbull Connecticut on December 5, 2014 with his family at his side. He was 87.

Charles was born to the late Stephen and Mary Sterback of Bridgeport Connecticut.

After graduating from Harding High School he proudly enlisted in the US Army and was stationed with the 3rd Army in Germany. After Charles returned from the war he graduated with an accounting degree from the Warren Institute and the University of Bridgeport. Charles began his career with Paul Kaufman Accounting. Next, he moved to Sikorsky Aircraft and then to Union Mutual Insurance. He ended his career with his own private practice in Accounting and Taxation.

In 1950, Charles married his beloved Nance. Shortly afterwards a daughter and son were born. In the early 80’s Charles became a member of the American Legion Post 74 and VFW Post 9427 in Fairfield CT. He volunteered to manage Post 74’s portion of Connecticut’s, Soldiers, Sailors and Marine Fund. This fund provides qualifying veterans (and their widow’s) temporary financial assistance for health and living needs during periods of financial crisis. Every Monday night veterans would come to the American Legion on Reef Road to meet with Charles. There he would answer questions and help veterans complete the necessary paperwork which would then be submitted to the State of Connecticut Fund Commission for approval. Charles was also an active member at the American Legion and participated in many of the annual events (dinner dances, picnics, Memorial Day parade, etc.)

In the 90’s Charles, along with other WW II veterans, traveled to England and France (on multiple occasions) to participate in a number of WW II anniversary events. In addition, Charles and his fellow veterans were invited to visit a number of Fairfield elementary schools. While at the school they would answer student’s questions on war through classroom Q&A sessions.

Charles loved to vacation in Cape Cod which became an annual event once he married Nance. He was also an avid listener of music, especially big band jazz. At the later stage of his life he took music lessons and began to play the accordion.

Charles was predeceased by his daughter Noël, Nance and his 2 brothers Bernard and Stephen.

Charles will be greatly missed by his surviving son Chas and daughter-in-law Ann. He is also survived by his sister-in-laws Jean Forstrom, her husband Milton, Mildred Sterback and various nieces/nephews, and companion, Ellie Carroll.

Charles will be buried next to Nance and Noël at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield Connecticut.

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, caregivers, aides, neighbors and friends who helped Charles during his remaining years.

Memorial contributions can be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars (

Calling hours for family and friends will be held at the Redgate - Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and 4 Gorham Place, Trumbull, Connecticut on Tuesday December 9, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

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