Gloria Ilene Stewart, nee McGrath passed away peacefully on 9/27/18 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Gloria came into the world on 4/13/27 in Berkley, MI. Gloria was the seventh of eight children born to James and Blanche McGrath. She had two older brothers, five older sisters and a little sister yet to come. When Gloria was just five years old, her mom and dad moved brothers Roy and Harold and sisters Maddy, Beat, Shirley, Adeline, and Elinor to Somerville, MA. Little sister Connie arrived shortly after the family took root in The Commonwealth. It was a very close-knit clan and remained that way for the 90 plus years that followed.
Before graduating from Somerville High, Gloria met William Joseph Stewart during a basketball game at the Boston Garden. They spoke briefly and made plans to re-connect again. They parted that night with Bill thinking he had met the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Gloria left thinking she had met a handsome gentleman who perhaps was an “Ivy Leaguer” as Bill’s sweater featured a large letter “D” on the front.*
The two quickly fell in love and married shortly thereafter in Somerville, MA. Gloria left her job at Carter’s Ink in Cambridge a few years later when she became pregnant with the first of her five children. They initially began their journey as husband and wife in Central Square in Cambridge and spent time on St. Stephen Street in Boston and Magnolia Street in Arlington, before transferring to Chicago, IL with firstborn William Jr. in tow. They soon moved to Bergenfield, NJ where their second son Stephen Michael was born. Their first daughter Karen Leslie was born three years later after a transfer to Philadelphia, PA. Three years after that they settled in Ridgewood N.J. where Lauren Diane and Gregory Jon were born. After brief stints in Portland, OR and Philadelphia, PA, Gloria and Bill built their retirement home in Cape Cod in 1985 where they lived for the remainder of their lives. Her Loving Husband passed in the fall of 2010.
Gloria enjoyed spending time with her family—her husband, her children and HER SISTERS, singing with them or The Mashpee Seniors. She enjoyed politics, conversation, dining, reading, Her Red Sox, debate, Chardonnay, all things Nabisco and anything pertaining to her seven Grandchildren: Dylan, Caitlyn, Jessica, Shelby, Travis, Samantha, and Brandon as well as two Great-Grandchildren: Leyton and Dash, born to Dylan and Tracey. They will all be blessed with her memory. In addition to her grand and great-grandchildren, she is also survived by her older sister Elinor Nally, nee McGrath, her children, Bill Stewart, Stephen Stewart, Lauren (Bob) Scheuermann, and Greg (Maureen) Stewart as well as countless Loving nieces, nephews and other family.
*The “D” stood for “Douglas Street”(Central Square Cambridge), yet she continued onward…
May She Rest in Peace and Comfort.
A visitation will be held from 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave in Mashpee. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Jude's Chapel at Christ the King Church, 3 Job's Fishing Rd, in Mashpee. Burial will be in the Great Neck Woods Cemetery, Great Neck Rd South, Mashpee.
Donations can be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 473 South Street West, Suite 3, Raynham MA 02767 (www.alz.org) a cause near and dear to her heart.