Virginia Stewart, 91 passed away at her home surrounded by her children on Sunday, July 28, 2019.
She was born November 18, 1927 in Bellaire, Ohio the youngest child Mary and Eliodoro “Armidore” Liberatore.
Virginia was a lifetime resident of Bellaire, a graduate of Bellaire High School, she was employed as a bookkeeper and office manager for most of her adult life, most notably at Eric’s Steakhouse in Wheeling. Always a fashion maven, in 1974 she founded and opened an upscale women’s boutique, Gia’s on 32nd and Belmont Streets in Bellaire. Fashionistas from the greater Ohio Valley became loyal followers because of the unique clothing and accessories she carried. She continued to operate Gia’s until it closed in 1979.
A member of St John’s Catholic Church her entire life, she watched Mass every Sunday morning on tv, when she became too frail to attend Mass in person. She also belonged and supported the Sons of Italy Lodge 754 Bellaire for many years.
Virginia was the only one of Mary and Armidore Liberatore’s ten children to survive past the age of 65. Thus, she was the caretaker for both of her parents and many of her siblings when they became chronically ill. As a result, she developed an intense dislike for hospitals. Her last wish was to be allowed to die at home.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Robert E. “Bob” Stewart and her nephew, James “Jimmy” Howell, whom she helped raise from birth.
She is survived by her three children, Roberta Stewart of New Orleans, Cara Beth Stewart and Bob Stewart both of Bellaire, four grandchildren, Alexandra Kurucz, Shadoe, Samantha and Blaise Stewart and one great grandson, Dylan Kurucz. She was also especially close to her surviving nephews, Keith Liberatore of Bellaire and David Liberatore of LaVale, Maryland.
There will be no visitation at Virginia’s request.
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Arrangements by the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio.