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Stephen Harold Cleaton

Memorial Service: 6:00 p.m., Monday, November 15, 2021

Location: Weymouth Funeral Home Chapel

Visitation: Following the Service

Location: Weymouth Funeral Home

With great sorrow, and yet thanksgiving for the years he was ours, the family of Stephen Harold Cleaton announces his passing.

A lifelong Hampton resident and member of Peninsula Catholic High School’s 2000 graduating class, Stephen, age 40, was employed at the time of his death by Commonwealth Reclamation Demolition & Construction.  He previously had served as a technician for several companies specializing in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.  Among his most cherished pastimes were hunting, fishing, and enjoying the great outdoors.  Bedford, Va., with its scenic mountains and countryside, was among his favorite destinations.

Stephen leaves behind his mother, Karen Zuskin Norris, and her husband, Buddy, of Hampton; his father, Walter H. Cleaton, Jr., of Amelia County, Va.; and his brother, Michael Cleaton, of Hampton. Additional survivors include maternal grandmother Lois Maxine Zuskin of Hampton; paternal grandmother Margaret Cleaton of Amelia; uncles Tony Zuskin and wife Michelle, Leonard Cleaton and wife Jackie; aunts Teresa Cleaton Busic and husband Marvin, Rhonda Cleaton Wells, and a beloved “adopted” aunt, Donna Jebson, and husband Jacob Licone; and nieces Christianna and Makayla Cleaton.

A Memorial Service, to be followed by a visitation with the family, will be conducted by Deacon Eric Palm at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at Weymouth Funeral Home, 12746 Nettles Drive in Newport News. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations take the form of contributions in Stephen’s memory to the nonprofit search and rescue team W.A.T.E.R. (We Are The Emergency Response Team) through the organization’s website at www.waterteaminc.com.

Though his passing was sudden and unexpected, Stephen is finally free from all pain, suffering, and the cares of this life.  For that, and for the love and compassion that has been extended to us by countless friends and others we came to know only recently, we are forever grateful. They will always be our “family of the heart.”

 “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30: 5


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#7 Sharon Minor-Randall 2021-11-22 18:31
Mrs. Norris came into my job at the I-64, Eastbound Welcome Center a few months ago & asked that we post flyers of her son. I shared I'd heard their story on the news & hope all would be ok.
Heard on news that Mr. Cleaton's earthly remains had been found & wanted to send my heartfelt sympathy & prayers for peace to all family & friends.
Yes, "eventually...joy does come in the morning!"
#6 Kathy Basey 2021-11-16 20:59
Karen and Buddy - So sorry to hear of the loss of your son. You are in my prayers during this difficult time. Love to you both.
#5 Lynn Karavatakis 2021-11-16 19:40
I have no words to ease your unfathomable pain in the loss of your son. I cannot imagine what you are going thru. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this new normal in your life. Love to you all, Lynn
#4 Missy Hespenhide 2021-11-16 13:02
Such a touching and tender Memorial Service last night. It is so apparent that Stephen was easy to love and was dear to many. Karen and family, I will be asking our loving God to hold you close to His heart until you can breathe again. Much love, Missy
#3 Gail Crowder 2021-11-15 11:58
Sending love thoughts and prayers to your family during this time.
#2 Tricia Cappiello 2021-11-11 01:04
I know it has been a very long few months for you all. My heart has been broken thinking what your family endured. I am praying God gives you the strength to now find closure. Sending much love and prayers!
#1 Brenda Talbert 2021-11-10 23:52
Karen, Maxine, Tony & the entire family. My deepest condolences on the passing of your son, grandson, nephew, Stephen. May your happy memories of his life help you during this time of grieving.

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