OBITUARY

Julie Gunnarshaug Stewart

September 16, 1956July 1, 2019

Julie Gunnarshaug Stewart, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, FAANP – Beloved mother, mor mor, beste mor, partner, mentor and friend passed away after a valiant battle against ovarian cancer on July 1, 2019 at the age of 62. Born to Asselina and Sverre Gunnarshaug and raised in Greenwich, CT, Julie attended the Greenwich Public Schools and went on to further her education in the field she was passionate about. Julie holds a BSN from USNY/Regents College, School of Nursing, Albany, NY, an MSN from Sacred Heart University, School of Nursing, a MPH from the University of Connecticut and a DNP from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing-Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Julie started her career at Stamford Hospital in various positions over 25 years starting as a staff nurse and leaving as an HIV nurse practitioner to pursue a consulting position at Shering Plough. Missing her work with patients, Julie became the Director of Clinical Services at the Path Center at Brooklyn Hospital. Finally, following her other passion of teaching, she was a tenured professor of nursing at SHU and the Program Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing practice programs. Julie was a beloved educator, clinician and scholar leaving a legacy of accomplishments to the nursing profession and the care of vulnerable populations across the globe. Dr. Stewart was a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Annual recognition award for "Outstanding Faculty Practice", the Florence S. Wald Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Practice from the Connecticut Nurses’ Association, CT Nurse Practitioner of the year for 2006 by CTAPRNS, the Sacred Heart University CEHP Alumni Leadership Award 2006, and Florence Nightingale Award 2014 from the Connecticut Nurses’ Association. She is the co-author of two widely adopted nursing textbooks with her favorite one being, Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner. Her list of peer reviewed publications and presentations are many. Just before her passing she learned that she and her colleague received a competitive $2.4 HRSA grant to support the education of nurse practitioner students and to fight the opiate crisis. Just this week she traveled in spirit with other colleagues to Shanghai where their research on global health initiatives was presented. In addition to her academic career, she provided comprehensive medical and specialty care to patients infected with HIV as a certified HIV Specialist at Southwest Community Health Center in Bridgeport. She was a sexual abuse medical examiner for children and adults, and regularly participated in medical missions to Jamaica and Guatemala providing medical care to the most vulnerable. Besides Julie’s career, her biggest passion was her family. She is survived by her beloved children Kirstin (Tom) Butler, Karine (Alan) Yantorno and Scott Tyler (Kim) Stewart. Her partner John Drinkwater. Her cherished 9 grandchildren Kyle, Kaia, Kaden and Kolton Butler, Juliana, Lucien and Elida Yantorno, Mackenzie and Warren Stewart and great grandchild Kyla Butler. She is also survived by her sister Martha (Per) Thompsen, her brother Arne (Jackie) Gunnarshaug and her nieces and nephew Cindy (Bob) Holland, Jeff (Valerie) Thompson, Robin (Ed) Edmunson, April (Paul) Marabito and Kristi Gunnarshaug as well as many great nieces and nephews. Julie also had her other special family Missy (John) Journick and Laurie Wigglesworth and their children Caroline and Grayce Journick and Madaline Wigglesworth.

Services

  • Calling Hours Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 8, 2019

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Martin Chalecki

July 19, 2019

This women the only APRN or doctor at southwest that did not judge me by what others thought! when i first met her, this i found ' Mr.Chalecki your file is full of information so i took time to right a BRIEF SYNOPSIS of update info we can go over and u you tell if its correct! and my god it! than like 3 weeks later, i came with u injuries from big red AMR driver that sling shot i=on my jaw, she took notes than you mam, i just dont know if southwest will share them now that she died and i didn't so brave and strong rest in peace Julie Stewart APRN . Martin Chalecki
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Martin Chalecki

July 19, 2019

I don't no how to say ,She was an Angel, On Earth before she ever left.I am so sad I didn't know what a brave women she was, i bless gh her and my symphony to her family .Is only out weighed by her love, for people any person that cared for! Rest in Julie Stewart APRN ! Martin Chalecki

Mary Helming

July 18, 2019

I am so sorry to hear that Julie lost her battle with cancer. What an outstanding person she was. I knew her from academic nursing circles and her writing, having worked at Quinnipiac University and then as an adjunct last summer at Sacred Heart University because of Julie's invitation.
She was an amazing, talented, wonderful person, nurse practitioner and educator. I am so sad to hear this news. May God comfort all of you and bring you peace.
Mary Helming PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

Ned Proudfoot

July 7, 2019

Dear Extended family, friends, colleagues, students & everyone else who loved Julie, I'm so sorry for your loss...She accomplished so much, and helped care for & teach so many in her life, that it really doesn't seem fair that she be taken before all her good work was finished, but I'm sure her colleagues will carry it on for her...Rest in Peace now Dr. Julie

Ned

Stephanie Thomas

July 5, 2019

There is so much to say about you, Julie. So many wonderful memories and laughs. To keep it simple, I just loved you. I loved what you did for others. I loved how you were a life-long learner, acquiring more and more degrees to constantly be informed and share your infinite knowledge and experience with your students. I loved how you cared for your family and friends. I loved how once you set your mind to do something, you didn’t rest until it was completed. You saw the need for a textbook for your student population so you and your colleague wrote not one, but two. I was always inspired by you. There is so much that I want to do in life and I looked to you to remind myself that anything is possible. Thank you for being a wonderful example to so many, including myself. You continue to inspire me with all that you have accomplished. I love you, kiddo.

ludger Pierre-louis

July 2, 2019

What a class act! You spent your last few moths on earth helping others! I pray you rest in peace my dear lady. You were a breath of fresh air. You never had a bad word to say and always helped when you were needed. It was my pleasure and privilege to have known you and learned from you . I am a better person and professional as a result of being able to work with you and to gain from your patience and understanding in dealing with the population we worked with. We lost a great Provider, Teacher, Coworker and friend. Be easy Jewels!
Ludger Pierre-louis a friend.

Jean-A'Layn Segalla

July 1, 2019


In loving memory of one of the best mentors I’ve come across ♥️ Dr. Julie Stewart; you have played a pivotal role in pushing me forward in my quest for bringing awareness about human trafficking to the world. When I first thought of my doctoral project, many thought I wouldn’t succeed, but you had my back all the way! You pushed me to challenge myself and make it happen! You made me realize my passion for public and global health — and taught me that even the smallest of differences may make the biggest impact. You pushed me when I doubted myself and gave me more courage and confidence! Today is a very special day for me but also a very sad one; may you rest peacefully and may your family find peace 🙏🏽 ✨ I will always remember you and I will do my best to carry on all the knowledge you have given me!!