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Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME

OBITUARY

Florence E. Stewart

3 May , 193314 November , 2019
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Florence E. Stewart 1933-2019 Cape Elizabeth- Florence E. Stewart 86, passed away on November 14, 2019 at home, surrounded by her family, after a short battle with congestive heart failure. She was born on May 3, 1933, the daughter of Vito and Pasqua (Iezzi) DiCenso in Danvers, MA. She was pre-deceased by her (soul mate) husband of 56 years, George A. Stewart, Jr. in 2009.

Florence attended Portland High School graduating in 1951. She and George met while working at Nissen’s bakery, marrying on January 12, 1953. They resided in Portland and South Portland while raising their four boys. For the past 10 years, Florence lived in Cape Elizabeth. She had strong religious faith, was a communicant of St. John/Holy Cross Church in South Portland and enjoyed attending the “little brown” church in Belgrade, ME in the summers.

After raising her four boys, Florence rejoined the work force holding numerous positions within the Portland Public School District at various schools. Florence retired from her position as Librarian at Jack Elementary in 1996. She made many lasting friends while working in the Portland School District, meeting a group of friends at least once per month for lunch at various restaurants in the Portland area until very recently.

After retirement and George’s passing, Florence volunteered twice per week at the South Portland Food Cupboard. She greatly enjoyed her fellow volunteers, meeting clients, helping others and getting to meet new people. After her knee replacements, she quickly returned to the food pantry. Her quick return was indicative of her positive spirit and desire to help others. Her family often joked that she went back so quickly out of fear of losing her “management” position; which always made her laugh.

Florence was dedicated to family and friends. She spent as much time as possible with family going on long walks at the beach and collecting sea glass, providing any needed support, and never missing the opportunity to watch her grand children’s events including ball games, dance recitals and graduations. She never passed up an invitation for lunch, dinner, to go on outing or just be together. She was the “rock” of the family, bringing everyone together for the holidays, frequently at her home.

She is survived by her four sons, Douglas of Ft. Myers, FL (Carissa), Craig and his wife Debra of Westbrook (Elizabeth), Steven of Scarborough (Stephanie, Sophie and Spencer), and Paul and his wife Melanie of Cape Elizabeth (Acadia, Zachary, and Gannon); eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 pm on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street, Portland. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Friday, November 22, at Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland. Burial will follow at Cavalry Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow the burial. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Florence may be sent to the South Portland Food Cupboard at 130 Thadeus Street, South Portland, ME 04106. Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to share memories and to sign the online guest book.

  • FAMILY

  • Vito DiCenso, Father (deceased)
  • Pasqua DiCenso, Mother (deceased)
  • George A. Stewart, Jr., Husband (deceased)
  • Douglas Stewart, Son
  • Craig Stewart (Debra Stewart), Son
  • Steven Stewart, Son
  • Paul Stewart, (Melanie Stewart), Son
  • Florence is survived by her eight grandchildren; Carissa, Elizabeth, Stephanie, Sophie, Spencer, Acadia, Zachary and Gannon as well as four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • South Portland Food Cupboard

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, 21 November , 2019
  • Memorial Mass Friday, 22 November , 2019

Memories

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Gregory Williams

21 November 2019

Just wanted to share the memories of our favorite family from
Hennessy Dr , the Stewarts. My mother , Joan Williams, said that
Florence was her best friend during those years and was sad to hear the news. I could not have asked for better friends than Steve and Paul, I remember many times going to my friends house and Mrs Stewart in the kitchen with a warm greeting to me, such great memories.
God bless the Stewart family
Greg Williams and family

Lee & Gina MITGANG

20 November 2019

Gina and I send our heartfelt condolences to the family of our very dear neighbor and friend, Florence. From the day we moved to Maine, we knew we had a rare gem for a next-door neighbor. In big and small ways, in sickness and health on both our parts, Florence brightened our days with her kindness, caring, keen intelligence, amazing energy, her devotion to her charities, and her unforgettable chuckle that accompanied almost every conversation we had. We were also fortunate to come to know Florence's children who often shared with us how blessed they were to have a mom like her. It's hard to imagine life in our community without her.

Kim Low

19 November 2019

So sorry to hear of your moms passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

lynne tetreault

18 November 2019

My deepest condolences to the Stewart family. Flo was one of the first food cupboard volunteers when i started there. She was always welcoming and had a bright smile. She will be greatly missed.

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