Obituary of Olivia Jeanne Stewart
Olivia Jeanne [Gordon] Stewart, 74, of Grand Rapids, MI went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 28, 2021. She died at St. John Ascension Hospital in Detroit, MI from complications related to COVID-19. She was born on February 7, 1947 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She was the eldest daughter of the late James William and Jeanne Helene [Teller] Gordon and was referred to as “number one daughter”. Olivia was an “Army brat” and as such, she lived in Germany, Washington, D.C., Oklahoma, and Texas. She attended MacArthur High School in San Antonio, TX. Later in life, Olivia proudly earned an Associate’s Degree from Davenport College.
On June 12, 1970, Olivia married the late Wendall Ray “Wendy” Stewart in Comstock Park, MI. They lived in Wayland, MI for many years before moving to Grand Rapids. She cherished their son, Patrick, who passed away on September 14, 2010 from complications related to Huntington’s disease.
Olivia had a long and successful career at Marshall Field’s/Macy’s in Grand Rapids. She enjoyed genealogy, crocheting, knitting, and being a pet mom. She was a kind and generous person who loved helping and giving to others. Olivia was known to send cards and blankets to her family and friends to commemorate numerous occasions. Her nieces and nephews will treasure the blankets she made for them over the years.
Olivia was a beloved wife, mother, & grandmother and will be remembered as the best big sister & aunt. Olivia will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” -Gandhi
She is survived by:
Jeff Hawkes, Son
Shannon Casey, Granddaughter
Jeanette Casey, Former Daughter-in-law
Michele (Sam) Faccone, Sister
Dolores Gordon, Sister
Jaqueline (Daniel) Frain, Sister
James (Mary) Gordon, Brother
Mark (Debra) Gordon, Brother
Ruth Puthael, Sister-in-law
Chuck Thoman, Nephew
Eric (fiancée: Heather) Thoman, Nephew
Dana (Matt) Kantowski, Niece
Stefanie Frain, Niece
Jon Frain, Nephew
Lindsay (Mike) Trotta, Niece
Lenna (Kyle) Ostenson, Niece
Kurt Langdon, Nephew
Bethany (Justin) Leroux, Niece
Chantal (Kyle) Rensberger, Niece
Vanessa Gordon, Niece
Mike Livermore, Nephew
Linda Fauble, Niece
William (Brenda) Neubeck, Nephew
Douglas Neubeck, Nephew
Many Great Nieces and Nephews
Lani and Scott Sovereen, Dearest Friends
Linda and Dale Scott, Dearest Friends
Preceded in death by:
James William and Jeanne Helene [Teller] Gordon, Parents
William David and Minnie Mae [Haycraft] Stewart, In-laws
Wendall Ray “Wendy” Stewart, Husband
Patrick Gordon Casey, Son
Jennie Jean Neubeck, Sister-in-law
Jay Daniel Frain, Infant Nephew
Private Family Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac, IN at a later date.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Memorial Swinging Bridge Project. For more information, please visit www.memorialswingingbridge.com.
Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.
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1947 - 2021
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