CHESTER - Bernard W. Stewart, 85, of Chester, W.Va., died peacefully in the comfort of his home with his wife at his side on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2013.
Born Jan. 2, 1928, in Hookstown, he was the last surviving child of 10 children born to the late Wayne and Florence Mae (Bell) Stewart. Mr. Stewart was a longtime and very active member of the Hookstown Free Methodist Church, holding positions of head usher, trustee and had served on the Board of Directors. He retired in 1985 after 34 years of service from Arco Chemical Plant in Monaca, having worked in the poly styrene department. A former member of the Hookstown Grange for over 25 years, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Mill Creek Hill Cemetery, and a member of the South Side Senior Citizens and the Arco Retirees Club. He was well known for his love of horses.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, John A., James, William, Gene, Charles and David Stewart, Dorothy Scott, Betty Reed and Eileen Stewart.
Surviving is his beloved wife of 61 years, Helen D. (Hart) Stewart; the couple were wed Jan. 3, 1952. Dearest father of Shirley and her husband Larry Berger of Hookstown; Lanny Stewart; and Dan and his wife Scherrie Stewart, all of Chester; he is also survived by six grandchildren, Larry S. Berger, Christie Mellinger, Deanna Berger, Tommy Berger, Brucie and Heidi Stewart, and six great-grandchildren, Jacob, Tyler, Katelyn and Kimora Berger, David Mellinger III and Danielle Mellinger.
Family and friends are welcome to call Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the McConnell Funeral Home, 447 Pine St., Hookstown, PA 15050, Daniel M. McConnell, Owner-Director, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. Wilmer J. Olszewski, of the Hookstown Free Methodist Church, officiating, assisted by Jim McMasters. He will be laid to rest in the Mill Creek Hill Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff at Ohio Valley Home Health Services for the care and compassion given them and Bernard.
Memorials, if desired, may be made in his name to the Hookstown Free Methodist Church, Pavilion Fund, 255 Main St., Hookstown, PA 15050.