The world lost a great man. Stanley “Stan” Zolenski, 66, of New Bern, NC passed away Saturday, September 26th, 2020. In true Stan fashion, he passed while still holding the TV remote control, so we know he was at peace when he left this world to journey into the afterlife.
Stan was born August 8, 1954 in Chicopee, MA. He graduated from Chicopee Comp High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps to serve his country. It was during his first year stationed at Naples, Italy, where he met the love of his life, Chris. Stan dedicated 20 years to the U.S. Marine Corps, including tours in South Korea, aboard aircraft carriers, and was stationed at TN, MA, HI and NC. He especially enjoyed his time serving as a detachment commander for the Marine Corps Embassy Security Groups in Switzerland and South Africa. After retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps, Stan and his family moved to Plymouth, MA where he worked as an IT specialist for Dunkin’ Donuts. While in Plymouth he was active with the VFW Post 1822 and also volunteered as a USMC Honor Guard member. In 2010, Stan and Chris moved to New Bern, NC where Stan worked as an IT specialist for Crew Training International. Stan was passionate about his work, woodworking, birdwatching, and cycling to raise money for children with cancer, but above all, he was dedicated and devoted to his family. He will always be remembered for his kindness, cheerful spirit, patience, respect, honesty, humbleness, and humor.
Stan is survived by his wife of 44 years, Chris; his children, Aleah Larson, Ashley Zolenski, and Brian Zolenski; his son-in-law, Jarrod Larson and daughter-in-law, Allie Zolenski; his grandchildren, Zoe and Gwen Larson, Asher Zolenski, and Max Zolenski; and his brother, Jimmy Zolendziewski and his wife, Julie Zolendziewski. In addition to his immediate family, he leaves behind many other family members and friends who will also miss him greatly. He is reunited with his parents, Stanley A. and Laura Zolendziewski; and brother, David Zolendziewski.
Visitation will be Monday, October 5th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Munden Funeral Home, 908 Lake Road, Havelock, NC. The family will have a private Celebration of Life service later. In keeping with the CDC guidelines pertaining to the Coronavirus, those who are ill or at-risk (elderly, immune-compromised) are encouraged to stay home. Masks are required, Red Sox or New England Patriots-themed masks preferred.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Stan’s honor to the following nonprofits that he held near and dear to his heart: The Children’s Cancer Research Fund Attn: GCC/Zolenski, 7301 Ohms Lane Suite 355, Minneapolis, MN 55439 and/or the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway Triangle, VA 22172.
Semper Fi and Rest In Peace, Stan/Dad/Grandpa.
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Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory in Morehead City, NC.
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