Sylvana Maria Stewart
January 29, 1925 – May 13, 2018
Sylvana Maria Pellegrini Stewart, 93, formerly of Havelock, passed away on Sunday, May 13th, 2018. Born in Rome, Italy in 1925, Sylvana met the love of her life, Joseph Grant Stewart, during World War II. Following the war, they were married and settled in North Carolina where they eventually made Havelock their home. Together, they owned and operated The Italian Chef restaurant for nearly thirty years. She attended St. Christopher's Episcopal Church for many years but following the passing of Joe she began attending St. Timothy Lutheran Church with friends. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She is survived by her two sons, Terry Stewart (Phyllis) of Kernersville and Larry Stewart (Julie) of Cary; and a grandson, Grant Stewart (Rachel).
The family will recieve friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19th at Cotten Funeral Home, followed by the service in the chapel at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to benefit Alzheimer's research by making a gift to the Dementia Association of N.C., 9131 Anson Way, Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27615.
- Visitation Saturday, May 19, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, May 19, 2018
Sylvana Maria Stewart
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GEORGIA GRIFFIN LUCAS
May 22, 2018
It was so good to see you on Saturday and to reminisce about old times. Waitressing at the Italian Chef was my first job, and your mom took me under her wing. She was always willing to hire me when I was on break or out for the summer from ECU. Your family will always hold a special place in my heart, and I will miss them.
Larry, I will be back in Apex on Monday, Memorial Day, and will stay until the end of June when my grandson finishes school. My phone number is 252-670-9782. I would love to see you and Julie again if there is time.
May 15, 2018
I remember many long conversations with Sylvana about life in Italy before and during the war. I wish I had gotten to know her better earlier in her life to learn more.