June 9, 2016
Janet M. Stewart, 84, Ives Hill Retirement Community, Watertown, passed away at Hospice of Jefferson County on the morning of June 9, 2016, after a long illness.
Calling hours will be from 10 to 11AM on Monday, June 13, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling Street, Watertown. The funeral service will be at the funeral home immediately following the calling hours at 11:30AM, with the Reverend Jennifer Kenna officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery following the funeral service.
Born in French Creek Township, PA on August 27, 1931, Mrs. Stewart was the daughter of John S. and Cecile Vogan McMurray. She attended public schools in Utica and Franklin, PA and, in 1950, received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Grove City College. In 1967, she received her Masters in Education from St. Lawrence University and was certified in secondary English, guidance, and administration.
Mrs. Stewart began her teaching career at Altona High School, Altona, NY, where she taught English and French. She went on to Hornell High School, Hornell, NY, where she taught English, and New Paltz High School, New Paltz, NY, where she taught English and Social Studies. From 1967 until her retirement in 1987, she taught English in the Watertown School District, first at Case Junior High School and then Watertown High School, where, from 1975 to 1978, she also served as chairman of the English Department. After retiring, Mrs. Stewart volunteered at Samaritan Medical Center and Flower Memorial Library's Genealogy Department. She was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers’ Association and, as a descendant of William Brewster, the Mayflower Society.
On April 15, 1954, she married Charles A. Stewart at St. James Episcopal Church in Theresa, NY, with the Reverend Frederick Haworth presiding.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by her husband, two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Mark Scheer, Mechanicsburg, PA, Cynthia and Timothy Brunett, Canton, MI, a son, Kevin Stewart, Ballston Spa, NY, three grandsons, Christopher Scheer and his wife, Priscilla, Clay, NY, Shaun Genter, District of Columbia, Mitchell Brunett, Seattle, WA, a granddaughter, Lindsey Battiste and her husband, Matthew, Glenville, NY, two great-grandsons, Jacob Scheer and Louis Battiste, a great-granddaughter, Lila Scheer, a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Dorothy McMurray, Franklin, PA, a sister-in-law, Marlene McMurray, Franklin, PA, a brother-in-law, Robert Bloomquist, Jamestown, NY, and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, a brother, John McMurray, Franklin, PA, and her sister, Margaret Bloomquist, Kenmore, NY.
The family would like to express its gratitude to the staffs of Samaritan Medical Center and Hospice of Jefferson County for their thoughtful care and consideration.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601 or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences to Janet's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.