Ernest Chesley Stevens
Ernest (Ernie) Stevens peacefully passed away, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, on May 3, 2019, at 90 years old. Ernie leaves his beloved wife of 56 years, Lorraine (Nelson) Stevens, cherished children Susan Stevens and her partner John Donald, Christopher Stevens and his wife Amy, Michael Stevens and his wife Stephanie, and adored grandchildren, Mitchell, Bradley, Emma and Maggie. He also leaves a brother Bernard L. Stevens, brother-in-law Weldon Nelson, and his wife Naomi and niece Janice, who has been a weekly caregiver for both Ernie and Lorraine. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Irene (McDonald) Stevens and three brothers, John P. Stevens, Royce M. Stevens and Eldred W. Stevens.
Ernie was born in Glover, Vermont and was raised in Greenfield, MA. After graduating high school in 1947, Ernie joined the navy, following an honorable discharge, he began his studies in elementary education at Lyndon State College. Upon graduation, he began his teaching career in Vermont. Ernie moved to Arlington, Massachusetts in 1957, however, he considered himself a lifelong Vermonter. Ernie taught elementary school, grades 6 and 4, at the Bishop School in Arlington (1957-1969) and the Woodland Elementary School in Weston (1969-1987). Upon early retirement from teaching, Ernie had a career in banking.
In addition to his family, Ernie’s loves included theater, traveling and his church. He was a member of Arlington Friends of the Drama for over fifty years. In those years, Ernie not only “tread the boards” in many a leading role, but also produced, directed, served on the board of directors and, his true calling, stage management. Throughout the years, AFD was a family affair with Lorraine working behind the scenes, and the kids in tow (soon active members as well). Ernie and Lorraine loved to travel with trips to Turkey, Mexico, Scandinavia, and Ireland. But, among all, London was a favorite destination, with 25 trips made in the last 35 years. Ernie became a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in 1962. He was a faithful servant in many areas. However, his greatest gift to the church was his dramatic readings of the lessons at Easter and Christmas, most recently reading at the 2018 Christmas Eve service.
First and foremost, Ernie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He did not become a grandfather until the age of 70 and was thrilled to be blessed with four grandchildren. Ernie will be especially remembered for his love and support of his family.
A Celebration of Life, followed by a reception, will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 3:00 PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 929 Concord Turnpike, Arlington, MA 02476.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ernie’s memory may be made to Camp Calumet Lutheran Ministries, 1090 Ossipee Lake Rd, West Ossipee, NH 03890 or St. Paul Lutheran Church 929 Concord Turnpike, Arlington, MA 02476.
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