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Alfred J. Stewart, age 92 of Girard, departed on June 10, 2011 to be with his Lord and his wife, Viola, of 61 years. He was a resident of Fairview Manor. He was greatly loved and will be truly missed. Those who knew Alfred know that he could do anything he set out to do, for he was very accomplished during his lifetime. Born in Farrell, Pa. on September 8, 1918, he was the son of the late Jochim Puha and Julia Fay Stewart. Al was raised and educated in Farrell, Pa. in Allegheny County. He also lived for a time in Bridgeport, Conn. Alfred grew up in the Mercer County Children's Home, as many children did during the turn of the century. His family relocated to Girard where Alfred was forced to quit school in the 8th grade to raise and financially support his brother and sister when his mother abandoned them. Alfred secured a job with the Louis Marx Toy Company in Girard while only 16 years old. Al was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and served with the 75th Infantry Tank Regiment. Al received an Honorable Discharge due to a war injury. He began working at the Louis Marx Toy Company (the Model Works) in Girard in 1934 and remained with the company for 50 years as one of the lead tool and die makers of the company, designing and maintaining their lines until his retirement in 1984. Alfred met the love of his life, Viola, and married her in 1945 at the Girard Gospel Tabernacle. He was a faithful attendee of the Alliance Church where he felt the importance of God in family life and raised his children in the church. Alfred was very accomplished and was a self-taught upholsterer, setting up an upholstery shop in his home, as well as a lawn mower repair shop, where all Girard visited his home for services. Alfred was well known for his ability to turn scrap oak into craftsman pieces of precision-built furniture, such as roll-top desks and grandfather clocks, as well as tables, tool boxes and many other pieces. He earned the title, "The Wood Man," from those who knew him, and the title remained with him later in life after he retired from the craft. Alfred purchased the Girard Motel in 1960 and, together with his wife, successfully ran the business for 15 years while working as a tool and die maker at Marx Toy's. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Viola Stewart (2006). He is survived by his two daughters, Linda Caldwell and her husband of Fairview and Sally Jenkins of Grand Rapids; sister, Irene Alba of Cleveland, Ohio; six grandchildren, Megan, Stephen and DeAnna Caldwell, April Cannon, and Adam and Andrew Jenkin; and several nieces and nephews, as well as many relatives in Bridgeport, Conn. Friends may call on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Daniel R. Edder Funeral Home, 309 Main St. East, Girard, and are invited to attend services there on Tuesday at 10 a.m., with Rev. Clyde Davis officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Girard Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Greater Erie Chapter, 1128 State St., Suite #301, Erie, PA. 16501 To send condolences, visit edderfuneralhome.com

Published in the Erie Times-News on June 12, 2011
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