Dr. Norman R. Stewart Ph.D.

May 26, 1931November 29, 2013
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Dr. Norman R. Stewart East Lansing Went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 29, 2013. His loving children and friends were by his side. Norm is now in Heaven with his beloved wife, Gwyn. Norm received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was a distinguished professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Michigan State University for over 40 years. He loved his time at Michigan State University and was blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people. His most precious friends were people he worked with at Michigan State and from his church. Norm was born and raised in Oneonta, New York. He told many joyous stories of his love for Oneonta and his childhood growing up there. Norm’s most special times were spent teaching overseas and the adventures he had traveling with his wife and two children, Holly and Rick. They visited Iran, Russia, Egypt, Greece, Japan, Norway, England, Scotland and many more. Norm loved people and loved talking with them. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed laughing with his friends as well as supporting them during the tough times of life. Norm was preceded in death by his father Curtis, mother Mildred, brother Les and his loving wife Gwyn, who passed away in 2010. Norm and Gwyn were married for 53 ½ years. Norm is survived by his loving son Richard Stewart of Denver, CO, his loving daughter, Holly Lang of Waukesha, WI, his beautiful grandchildren Sarah and Emily Grazal and a great-grandchild Stanley of Waukesha, WI. Norm lived a beautiful life always caring for his loving family and friends. Words cannot describe how caring, loving and extraordinary Norm was. He is in our hearts forever. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held Monday, December 9, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Okemos, 2258 Bennett Road, Okemos, MI 48864. The family will receive friends at the church Monday from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Norm loved veterans and all they give to our country. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Freedom Service Dogs of Colorado, a non-profit that provides service dogs to disabled veterans and others with life changing disabilities. They can be reached at 200 W. Union Ave., Englewood, CO 80110; or phone 303-922-6231 The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at:


  • Visitation Monday, December 9, 2013
  • Service of Witness to the Resurrection Monday, December 9, 2013

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Mark Farquhar

February 28, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart have been so important to me, my brothers, sisters, entire family since our parents first met. Such amazing and wonderful human beings. They will be greatly missed. Rick and Holly our thoughts are with you.

Martha Smith

December 11, 2013

Dear Holly and Rick, So very sorry to read about your father. I have many fond memories of your parents and the house on Orchard Street. With sympathy, Martha Smith

Mary Burks

December 11, 2013

Norm and Gwyn Stewart were people who were always there when you needed them, willing and ready to help without needing to be asked. The best example I have of this is when my mother died suddenly on June 20, 1975. That evening, Norm and Gwyn were at the door to offer their help. They prepared dinner, took care of my young children and did whatever needed to be done around the house. Because of this, my husband and I could deal with the situation. This is but one of many times when Norm and Gwyn demonstrated their selfless generosity and friendship, for which I will be forever grateful.

Patti Johnson

December 10, 2013

Dear Rick and Holly,

My deepest sympathy is with you both in the loss of your dad. From the years we were neighbors and became friends on Snyder, the years as schoolmates with Molly and Graham, and all the years at Edgewood where your mom and dad were so involved and made such an impact, I am grateful to have known them and had them as friends. I was sorry to not have been able to be at the service, but I was so glad to have been able to see you both last week at Coral Gables (I saw your parents there often and then Norm.) I wish you peace and love and comfort in your good memories.

Burks Family

December 9, 2013

Norm meant so very much to our family. We will miss his wisdom, gentle nature, and smile! Rest in peace, we love you very much.

Laura (muppy) MacDonald

December 8, 2013

Norm and Gwyn Stewart were second parents to me while growing up in East Lansing, and Holly and Rick were my "siblings" from the age of 5 years old. In addition, Dr. Stewart was responsible for my father attaining a job as a professor at Michigan State University. Holidays and vacations were made better by the Stewart family. As a child, and then as a college student, Dr. Stewart had a profound impact on my life. He always showed a real interest in who I was and helped to maximize my potential. We all wish, in the end, to have made a significant impact in another person's life. Dr. Stewart made a huge, positive impact on me. I will remember and love him always. My sincere love goes out to Holly and Rick during this sad time.

Sarah (Sally) Boron

December 7, 2013

I met Dr. Stewart in 1969 as a new MA Counseling student at MSU. How fortunate I was to have this wonderful role model as my academic advisor! In 1971 I became a high school counselor but my relationship with Dr. Stewart did not end there! We seemed "run into" each other over the years. In 1990 I again was a grad student at MSU. Again Norm Stewart was my academic advisor as I worked toward and earned an Ed. S. in school counseling. He was the chair of my committee and still a role model. He challenged me, consulted with me, inspired me always to strive to learn more and to develop more counseling skills, never telling me what to do but encouraging and facilitating my decisions. His interactions with me actually were the modeling of excellent counseling skills! But Norm Stewart was more than my professor and advisor. He was a true colleague, mentor and friend. He asked me to supervise counseling students on more than one occasion. He asked to me teach a class in Grand Rapids one summer to free him for other obligations. We served together on the Advisory Committee to the MA Counseling program at MSU until the program was closed. Knowing Norm has been a relationship that has influenced me both as a professional counselor and as a person. He was always a caring person, helping others. He modeled more than counseling skills - he modeled what it takes to be a good person. Thank you, friend Norm, for all that you taught me and for your friendship. You will never be forgotten.
Sarah J. Boron, MA, Ed.S, LPC (better known as Sally)

Ann MccCall and family

December 7, 2013

It was a privilege to know Norm. His pleasant smile was always present even when his physical abilities were limited. We knew him at Edgewood Church and missed seeing him there, glad to see him at Coral Gables occasionally.

Ann McCall and family

December 7, 2013

It was 61 years ago, Norm and I met in graduate school at SUNY Albany. Over
many years we were close friends, including his family (Gwyn and children).
It was Norm's encouragement that made it possible for me to become a
school superintendent. He and his family will remain in our thoughts and
prayers. William R. Haase

Patrick Cherrette

December 6, 2013

norm yoou will be dearly missed. many a day when we talked and you shared a story or two brought joy to my heart
rest in peace my old friend