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Obituary for Martin F. Stewart

Born: September 14th, 1953
Passed Away: March 20th, 2017


Martin F. Stewart “Marty”, 63, of Hart, MI, passed away peacefully at Brookhaven Medical Care Facility on Monday, March 20, 2017. He is survived by his sister, Jane, of Hart, MI and five brothers, Jim (Colorado Springs, CO); Greg (Burlington, IL); Mark (Colorado Springs); Joel (Preah Vihear, Cambodia) and John (St. Louis, MO). He was preceded in death by his father, James R. and his mother, Eloise C. (Mayer) Stewart, both long residents of Woodstock, IL.

Marty was a beloved son, brother and faithful friend to many. He was born in Aurora, IL on September 14th, 1953 and moved to Woodstock, where he spent his childhood in a full house with six siblings. Marty was a veteran, joining the U.S. Army in 1971, and served in Germany. After returning home in 1974, Marty lived in Colorado and in Texas, as well as Illinois. Marty was a quiet soul, quick to like everyone and a defender of the downtrodden. He was a talented craftsman, able to make beautiful furniture and craft items with tremendous attention to detail. Marty loved fishing and the outdoors, and he loved to laugh. He enjoyed music, drinking coffee with friends and walking. He was one of those few souls who never complicated anything, and people loved him for his compassion for others and his simple outlook on life.

During his time in Illinois, Marty was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Community. In later years, his faith was a childlike trust in Jesus which perhaps seemed simple to some but refreshing to many. His nature was to help anyone at any time, and he always had time for people. Marty will be deeply missed by all those who knew him, especially his family.

Marty was quite the mechanic and loved working on cars. In the time he lived in Michigan, he spent a lot of time with friends at the Oceana County Council On Aging (OCCOA). He ate lunch with his many friends there each day. Marty was very friendly and affectionate, he loved to go on long walks and seemed to know or be acquainted with the many people that he met during his walks.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Calvary Cemetery in Woodstock, Illinois.