Mr. and Mrs. Stewart have been so important to me, my brothers, sisters, entire family since our parents first met. Such amazing and wonderful human beings. They will be greatly missed. Rick and Holly our thoughts are with you.
Dear Holly and Rick, So very sorry to read about your father. I have many fond memories of your parents and the house on Orchard Street. With sympathy, Martha Smith
Norm and Gwyn Stewart were people who were always there when you needed them, willing and ready to help without needing to be asked. The best example I have of this is when my mother died suddenly on June 20, 1975. That evening, Norm and Gwyn were at the door to offer their help. They prepared dinner, took care of my young children and did whatever needed to be done around the house. Because of this, my husband and I could deal with the situation. This is but one of many times when Norm and Gwyn demonstrated their selfless generosity and friendship, for which I will be forever grateful.
Dear Rick and Holly,
My deepest sympathy is with you both in the loss of your dad. From the years we were neighbors and became friends on Snyder, the years as schoolmates with Molly and Graham, and all the years at Edgewood where your mom and dad were so involved and made such an impact, I am grateful to have known them and had them as friends. I was sorry to not have been able to be at the service, but I was so glad to have been able to see you both last week at Coral Gables (I saw your parents there often and then Norm.) I wish you peace and love and comfort in your good memories.
Norm meant so very much to our family. We will miss his wisdom, gentle nature, and smile! Rest in peace, we love you very much.
Norm and Gwyn Stewart were second parents to me while growing up in East Lansing, and Holly and Rick were my "siblings" from the age of 5 years old. In addition, Dr. Stewart was responsible for my father attaining a job as a professor at Michigan State University. Holidays and vacations were made better by the Stewart family. As a child, and then as a college student, Dr. Stewart had a profound impact on my life. He always showed a real interest in who I was and helped to maximize my potential. We all wish, in the end, to have made a significant impact in another person's life. Dr. Stewart made a huge, positive impact on me. I will remember and love him always. My sincere love goes out to Holly and Rick during this sad time.
I met Dr. Stewart in 1969 as a new MA Counseling student at MSU. How fortunate I was to have this wonderful role model as my academic advisor! In 1971 I became a high school counselor but my relationship with Dr. Stewart did not end there! We seemed "run into" each other over the years. In 1990 I again was a grad student at MSU. Again Norm Stewart was my academic advisor as I worked toward and earned an Ed. S. in school counseling. He was the chair of my committee and still a role model. He challenged me, consulted with me, inspired me always to strive to learn more and to develop more counseling skills, never telling me what to do but encouraging and facilitating my decisions. His interactions with me actually were the modeling of excellent counseling skills! But Norm Stewart was more than my professor and advisor. He was a true colleague, mentor and friend. He asked me to supervise counseling students on more than one occasion. He asked to me teach a class in Grand Rapids one summer to free him for other obligations. We served together on the Advisory Committee to the MA Counseling program at MSU until the program was closed. Knowing Norm has been a relationship that has influenced me both as a professional counselor and as a person. He was always a caring person, helping others. He modeled more than counseling skills - he modeled what it takes to be a good person. Thank you, friend Norm, for all that you taught me and for your friendship. You will never be forgotten.
Sarah J. Boron, MA, Ed.S, LPC (better known as Sally)
It was a privilege to know Norm. His pleasant smile was always present even when his physical abilities were limited. We knew him at Edgewood Church and missed seeing him there, glad to see him at Coral Gables occasionally.
Ann McCall and family
It was 61 years ago, Norm and I met in graduate school at SUNY Albany. Over
many years we were close friends, including his family (Gwyn and children).
It was Norm's encouragement that made it possible for me to become a
school superintendent. He and his family will remain in our thoughts and
prayers. William R. Haase
norm yoou will be dearly missed. many a day when we talked and you shared a story or two brought joy to my heart
rest in peace my old friend
Norm was a wonderful friend and colleague for over 30 years. He will be missed. I will miss his warmth, smile and on-going pleasant demeanor.
Norm was a wonderful friend to me for more than 45 years. He was truly a good man. He loved his family very much and always spoke very highly of them. Rick and Holly, I know you will miss him a lot. My sympathies go ou to you.
Bill Mehrens (East Lansing, MI)
I will miss talks that we had of lawn work and life . rest in peace . frank johnston
You are my best friend, Father and Dad. You taught me everything about life. You not only taught me to be a good man but more important...to be a gentleman. You raised me with broad shoulder to seek out and help carry the burdens of others. You made sure my heart grew big to give comfort and unconditional love to all I meet. You live on in me forever. In every word I speak, every hug I give, every effort I make to comfort others you are with me. Words cannot describe the joy we shared over our lifetime. You are everything to me-you are my life. My heart is forever broken but I know your spirit will guide and protect me the rest of my days. I will try to be strong. I will carry on all you have taught me. I will continue my loving career and true passion of caring for our nations veterans and their families. I proudly continue our shared life mission of loving others and bringing comfort,laughter and love to all we meet. Thank you for all you gave to others in your life. Thank you for being a wonderful teacher and your career as a Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology at MSU. The thousands of students you had for over 40 years are adding to the ripple effect of love you taught them. I was by your side as you passed and I know you and Mom will be by my side as I try and live this life without you here. I will thank God everyday that you are my Dad for death will never change that. You lived a beautiful life full of laughter, love, joy and grace. You are my hero! Be at peace with Mom and all our family and friends by your side. The proudest words I ever speak is when I say I am the son of Norman R. Stewart. Heavenly Father I pray that you will ease the crippling pain in my heart and hold me close in your arms as I try and live this life without my beloved Father. I love you Dad you are my life. Your loving son-Richard Blair Stewart.
Our condolences to Holly, Rick, and family. The holidays remind me of special times shared with family in Oneonta and Uncle Norm's stories. I was inspired by his love for learning and teaching. I fondly remember our trip to Stratford where Norm taught us all about Shakespeare. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Norm was a special person and will be missed.
Dr. Stewart was an excellent teacher! I am grateful for his impact on my life!