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Obituary - P. Charles“Charlie”DeStefano Jr.

Charles " Charlie" DeStefano Jr.

P. Charles “Charlie” DeStefano, Jr., 67, of Hammonton, N.J. passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2024. Charlie was a lifelong Hammonton resident and graduated from Hammonton High School in 1974. He attended Rutgers University in Camden and graduated in 1978 with a degree in Mathematics. Charlie worked as an assistant store manager at Kmart in Berlin and went on to work for the State of New Jersey, starting as a programmer, from 1984 until his retirement as a senior manager in 2018. He was active in youth sports where he was the assistant director of HYSA, coached and umpired in the Hammonton Little League and was assistance coach for Bulldogs basketball. Charlie was also a pack leader for the Boy Scouts for several years. Charlie was endlessly devoted to his wife and family, and actively supported his children, nieces and nephews in their endeavors. He had a deep love of music, and preferred more stimulating and fulfilling tasks and activities. He particularly loved to take on challenging puzzles and games, and his great care and attention to detail were regularly on display, such as through the many models and figurines he’d assemble. Charlie took pride in designing intricate and fun-filled games and scavenger hunts for his loved ones. He consistently supported his family and friends to be as successful in their lives as they could be.

He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Anne DeStefano (nee Straus); and his parents, Pasquale Charles and Alice L. (nee Rodio) DeStefano. Charlie is survived by his sons, Pasquale C. “Pat” DeStefano, III (Kelly), Dante DeStefano (Kristin), and Matthew DeStefano (Kim); and his brother, David A. DeStefano. He is the loving grandfather of Kayla Cabanero, Emma DeStefano, Collin DeStefano, Hannah DeStefano, and Maxwell DeStefano.

Relatives and friends were invited to attend his visitation on Monday February 12, 2024 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., a Celebration of Life Service followed at 7 p.m. all at the Marinella Funeral Home 102 N. Third St. Hammonton, N.J. 08037. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlie’s memory to Hammonton Cancer Foundation P.O. Box 1066 Hammonton, N.J. 08037.

Arrangements entrusted to Marinella Funeral Home


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