Mary Louise Stewart

26 mars 193712 janvier 2021

Mary Louise Stewart, (Bunny) Oblate, SSJD in her 84th year. Passed away at home on January 12, 2021. Daughter of the late Norman Allan and Margaret K. (Peggy) Stewart. Dear sister of Judith Margaret (Judy) Carpenter; Bubbie to nephews CJ (Kory) and Terry (Stephanie) Moffatt, and "greats" Shelby and Sarah; Campbell and Ian. She is especially remembered as the loving matriarch to the family and wonderful spiritual companion to her many friends.

A private memorial service (by invitation only) will be held for Mary on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Kane-Jerrett North York Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge St., Toronto. Please join us via the livestream broadcast link posted on the web site.



Mary Louise Stewart


Michael Brennan

14 septembre , 2021

I met Bunny in 2007 at the International Thomas Merton Society conference in Memphis, and subsequently we exchanged many long letters about the ITMS, its organizational structure, its membership and its future. Bunny offered many excellent ideas and keen insights into how an organization develops and either thrives or collapses. I valued and appreciated her encouragement and kind words. She loved Thomas Merton and wanted to see the Society bearing his name flourish and expand. I was honored to be one of the recipients of her experience and expertise. I will always remember her fondly and take to heart her thoughtful advice. May she rest in peace.

Mike Brennan, Coordinator of Chapters for the International Thomas Merton Society

Manuela Cheney

14 septembre , 2021

You will always hold a special place in my heart.
With autumn upon us, I have mixed feelings because it reminds me of your pet names for me, Phil and Livia. I feel special and loved, but I also feel sadness.
You are a very wise woman, and I consider you a mentor. I would enjoy our talks and during those times there was always something that you would surprise me with. I would always look out for that twinkle in your eye that would say so much, yet at the same time would say so little!
Bunny, my friend, I sure do miss you. I’ll be chatting with you ethereally soon.
Love you,

Phil Cheney

14 septembre , 2021

To me Bunny was a good friend, insightful, always willing to share a laugh or a reflection of love from the source of all love.
We miss you, Bunny

Sue Elite

14 septembre , 2021

Dearest Bunny: You once said that The Hutch was Heaven on earth; I pray that you have found your Hutch in Heaven. May joy and peace be with you and may you be free of pain at last. You have always been an inspiration to me. With love Sue Ann

simone Nieuwolt

13 septembre , 2021

Bunny was wise and had a sharp mind. I so enjoyed her practical common sense as we sat on the Outreach Committee of Contemplative Fire. Once we were debating about the how the lack of pastoral oversight would effect our group. Different members came up with different scenarios, some dire. My scenario was "heresy." Bunny stood up and spread her arms out and said "Not so fast". It was a Bunny moment: telling us to pause and reflect and reevaluate.

carol rivers

9 septembre , 2021

Bunny, it was my privilege and joy knowing you. I will always cherish
your friendship, warmth, kindness and inclusion. You lived the Oblate life. I will surely miss your Christmas epistle and our lengthy New Years talk.
Rest in peace my friend. We will meet again.
In loving memory

Helen Robinson

8 septembre , 2021

Bunny, it was a privilege to know you. It was a privilege to sit with you on the Resource Team of Contemplative Fire. I benefited from your wisdom. And I missed you when you were unable to join with us anymore. However, you were with us in spirit as you are now as we remember you and give thanks for your life and witness. There are many of us who share in your legacy.

Helen Robinson

cathleen Bond

8 septembre , 2021

Mary Stewart, known to our family as Aunt Bunny, came into my life when my mother was dying. It was an unexpected illness and our family, living all over the world at that time, was overwhelmed. Aunt Bunny stepped right into the maelstrom and helped guide my mother through death's door, as well as helping our family clean out the house. It was a massive undertaking and Aunt Bun handled it with dignity, aplomb and the odd bit of bossiness. Her faith was deep and her commitment to friends and family constant, steadfast and enduring. I miss her wisdom, her annual epistles and her always silly sense of humour. Cathi Bond

Gretchen O'Brien

24 janvier , 2021

Met BUNNY through Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario back in the early 70's. It was a friendship which lasted to this day. Always enjoyed visiting with her, whether it was lunching nearby or at The Hutch! She had a keen interest in life and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. To say that I will miss her is an understatement.
My sincere condolences to Judy and the rest of Bunny's family.
Gretchen Greene O'Brien