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Leslie Faass (Wolcott) Stewart

Born: Tue., Oct. 22, 1946
Died: Mon., Mar. 23, 2020

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Leslie Faass (Wolcott) Stewart, 73, of Sylvan Beach, NY died at home with her family at her side on March 23, 2020, after a long illness. Born in Oneida, NY on October 22, 1946, she was a daughter of Willard and Eileen (Burke) Wolcott.
Leslie graduated from Camden High School in 1964 and later received an associate degree in Special Education from the State University of New York at Cobleskill. She married Edward R. Stewart, Jr. of Sylvan Beach on December 26, 1966.
For more than a half-century, Leslie’s winning personality was a strong, steady heartbeat in the community she loved. To those she knew, her passing comes like the falling of a bright star from the sky above Oneida Lake.
Together with her husband and his family, Leslie operated the landmark “Eddie’s Restaurant”, now in its 86th year, and developed two more longtime local businesses: “Sunset Cottages” vacation rentals, established in 1979, and a lakefront eatery, “Harpoon Eddie’s”, opened in 1984.
Leslie understood that business, like life, is about relationships. Over several generations at “Eddies” she forged warm, lasting friendships with successive generations of customers and employees who became like family. As a member of the Sylvan Verona Beach Resort Association and other business and citizens’ groups, she worked for decades to improve and enhance her beloved Sylvan Beach. In 2011 she was honored with the Joseph R. Carucci Award given by the Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley to a business leader who exemplifies commitment to community. In 2012 Leslie and the Stewart family were awarded the Christopher P. Destito Tourism Leadership Award by the Oneida County Convention & Visitors Bureau for their leadership in community development.
An extrovert and a cheerleader by nature, Leslie’s genuine love of people made her an extraordinary goodwill ambassador for Sylvan Beach. Her warmth, sense of humor, and generosity of spirit touched literally thousands of lives. On her morning “power walks” around the village, she seemed to sprinkle fairy dust wherever she paused to say hello. Whether she was in the Beach or wintering in Florida with her family, if someone was sick or in trouble Leslie quickly found a way to help, without calling attention to herself.
A cancer diagnosis in 2012 only enlarged Leslie’s love for life and honed her gratitude for its gifts. During the ensuing struggle to stay healthy, she showed remarkable grace and strength, pouring ever more love and energy into the family she treasured. Along the way she won the admiration and affection of the doctors, nurses and other medical workers who provided her care.
Leslie’s Roman Catholic faith was at the center of her life. She was a congregant at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Verona Beach and St. Matthew Catholic Church in Hallandale, FL and served as a eucharistic minister. When she could no longer attend mass, she shared the sacraments at home with her friends in Christ, and looked forward to everlasting life in Heaven.
Surviving besides her loving husband of 53 years, Eddie, are her mother, Eileen (Burke) Wolcott of New Hartford; a son, Edward Stewart III and his fiancée Wendy Bacheyie, of Sylvan Beach, his children, Edward Stewart IV of Sylvan Beach and Emily Stewart of Florida, and Wendy’s children Daunte and Nevaeh Bacheyie; a daughter, Alison and Anthony Cuchiarale of Rochester; and their children, Ava and Ania Cuchiarale of Rochester; two sisters, Bobbi and Andrew Wolff of Cleveland, and Shelley and Glenn Ceglia of Herkimer; four brothers, Timothy Wolcott of Sylvan Beach, James Wolcott, of Camden, Willard Wolcott,Jr of Florence, and Michael Wolcott of Arizona; three sisters -in-law, Joanne Panipinto Wolcott of Colorado, Patricia (Pam) McMahon Wolcott and Barbara (Stewart) Corona, both of Sylvan Beach; a former daughter-in-law, Lana Jo Yates, Munnsville; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends who were like family to Les. She was predeceased by her father, Willard Wolcott, Sr., her parents-in-law, Edward and Florence (Fifi) Stewart, and her brother-in-law, Robert Corona.
Leslie and her family thank the many healthcare professionals whose skills and deep humanity helped her to thrive, even under the weight of illness, beginning with her loving nephew Dr. Robert Corona, her longtime oncologist Veronica Schimp, MD, and her oncology nurse Lisa Wake.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no calling hours or church services. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Leslie’s memory may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care (Oneida, Herkimer and eastern Madison Counties), New Hartford, NY, St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Sylvan Beach Volunteer Fire Dept., or Friends of Forest Park, Camden, NY.

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   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
IWe would like to send our prayers and thoughts to the Stewart family. Her smiling face will be sadly missed. God bless and stay strong.
Always The Vredenburg Family

Janice Annunziata
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
I am saddened to hear of the passing of such a wonderful woman. My summers waitressing at Eddies’s were always full of fun, listening to Fifi’s stories while she turned the giant bowl of salad in the kitchen, and sitting with my favorite Stewart family member, beautiful Leslie, during my breaks. Even after I graduated and left the area, I often returned to Eddies with my Mom, Ann Whitney, whom Leslie was so sweet to, treating my Mom like her own, with eyes shining brightly, full of loving kindness. You really don’t meet a lot of people like Leslie, and her shining spirit and bright light will be missed. God bless and keep her and her family during this sad time. Special hugs to brothers Michael and Bill and son Rick. Leslie really was an incredible woman.

Danielle Reaume
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
To the Stewart family! I am so sorry to hear of this news! She was truly a remarkable woman who loved life and everyone that walked through to doors! She made a huge impact on my life and gave me great advice! I will truly it’s her! She is definitely an inspiration to all! Much love to the entire family! Love always Danielle

Deborah Brement
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to Eddie and family during this devastating time. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Luigi Bottini, Michael Bottini and Marie Rossi, Matthew and Deborah Bottini Brement

Randy and Tanya Pifer
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Our sympathy to the Stewart family. Very sorry for your loss.
Randy and Tanya Pifer

Kim tedford campolo
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Im so sorry i loved her she always had a smile and when i seen her even after i stopped working at eddies she took the time and talked to make sure i was ok and tell me she was there for me i never met such a wonderful caring woman than her it was a honor to be apart of your family if you need anything or just to talk im here miss you again im so sorry for ur loss and god gained a beautiful angel

Captain John, Andy, Elaine & Family
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Our thoughts & prayers are with The Stewart Family at this very sad time.
May all the joy & love she gave to her family & friends, bring you peace. We will all miss her ray of sunshine in Sylvan Beach and will cherish all the good times & great memories.

Mary Krenitsky Perrone
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
I was a waitress many years ago at Eddie's and Leslie was my boss. She was always fair and a good person. I gained a lot of respect for the hard working people in the Stewart family and the care they put into their businesses. Leslie's leadership will be missed. My condolences to the Stewart and Wolcott families. May you find peace and happiness in the memories. God bless.

Kimberly Oaks (Emmons)
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
The heart that your mother had for others is a rare gift to the many people who had the privilege to know her and be blessed by her. Please accept my condolences. May you find comfort as you reflect on the love and memories shared.
Many prayers to all of you,
Kimberly Oaks (Emmons) and family

Fran and Sandy Nlonsky
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
It was our honor to be able to find friendship with this beautiful soul. Sending love and prayers to Leslie's beautiful family that she loved so completely

Bobbie Dunn and Doug Ballou
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Leslie's family. I would often meet Leslie on my morning walks around the lake, her warm smile and friendliness will be missed dearly. She will live on in our memories forever.

Lynna Jackson
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
This wonderful family, the entire community, everyone who knew her will feel the loss. She was one of the bravest people I've ever known. I will never forget her.

John Kelly
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
My prayers and thoughts to Rick and the entire Stewart Family.Leslie was a true talented, compassionate, and spirited legend , who was kind and inspirational to every person she knew and met. Via Con Dios Leslie and God Bless the Stewart Family.

Oneida County Tourism Board of Directors & Staff
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Stewart Family. Our hearts are heavy with Leslie's passing. She was an amazing human being. Her love, dedication and passion for her family, Sylvan Beach and Oneida County's travel industry was unparalleled. She will be missed dearly.

Sandy OBrien Rossetti
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
The majority of my childhood memories revolved around Leslie and Sylvan
Beach. I too waitressed at Eddies for several years but started as a babysitter each weekend for Leslie so she could work at Eddies restaurant. She was so generous and fun to be around. When ever I would venture out to Eddies she
had a way of making me & my family feel extra special when she came over to
say hello. To Leslies family I’m sorry you have to go through this but know she made a positive impact in many lives-especially mine.

Judy Brondon
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
Leslie was a beautiful woman and a person that after the first few minutes of meeting her you fell in love with the person she was. She leaves this world as an example of a woman who can love, respect and take charge at the same time. She was a true inspiration to me and I’m sure many more. May her family always feel her presence because it is certain that Leslie will find a way in heaven to always watch over them.

My heartfelt sympathy to my dear friend Alison and her beautiful family❤️
Judy Brondon

Marianne Chabot
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
To Rick and all the Stewart Family are sympathy and Prayers are with you...The Chabot Family

Den & Jo Surace, Donna & John Dudus
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
Words cannot express how sad we are at Leslie’s passing. We will miss her beautiful smile and chatting with her at Eddies. Our condolences to the family.


Den and Jo Surace & Donna and John Dudus

Paul & Dana Rene
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
We are all so saddened by the loss of this beautiful lady! Her positivity and spirit will always be remembered and cherished. We will always be grateful to have known her and experienced the love between her and her amazing family.
Our deepest sympathies. God Bless you all.
Love, Rene Family

Kevin and Cheryl Whalen
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
We send our thoughts and prayers to the entire Stewart family, Leslie was a wonderful person who always greeted us with warmth and a smile! She will missed but not forgotten. This difficult time will be eased knowing she is with in a better place and in pain no longer.

Doug Rosenthal
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Such a wonderful Lady. Our thoughts are with you. Doug & Bea Rosenthal.

Tim Watson
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
Alison, Rick, Eddie and the extended family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Leslie was such a wonderful person. I hope you will take comfort in the lifetime of memories your family shares.

Kristin Huss
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
My deepest sympathies to all of you. She was so lovely (as you all were) to my mom&dad, and I have so many wonderful memories of all of you at the restaurant.
You are all in my thoughts through this heartbreaking time

Tamie and Scott Smith
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
No words can lessen your loss at this time, but the joy Leslie shared with everyone will be remembered always. She found goodness in every aspect of her life (family, friends, and community). She has left her mark on this community that will last for generations to come. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Carol and David mcgowan
   Posted Thu March 26, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Leslie was a sweet lady. Always friendly and smiley. She will be missed.

The Rogers Family
   Posted Fri March 27, 2020
We would like to express our sincere condolences to the Stewart Family for the loss of Leslie. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Tim and Sandy Russell
   Posted Fri March 27, 2020
To the Stewart family. We are so sorry for your loss.If there is anything we can help you with we are here. Our thoughts and prayers are with yous.

linda conley
   Posted Fri March 27, 2020
My condolences to Eddie and Leslie's family and Leslie's Mom Eileen and her brothers and sisters, may Les rest in peace, she was a wonderful person.12

Don and Mary Miller
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Leslie was a loving, encouraging light to anyone who came in contact with her. We saw her at the Post Office October 1st as we were leaving Sylvan Beach for the winter. Our hearts and prayers go out to each one of you.

Tom and Lucy Mirante
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Dear Stewart Family,

We are very sorry for your great loss. Leslie was an accomplished and outstanding human being, but most importantly she loved and cared about other people. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during these sad times.

Tom and Lucy Mirante

Louis and ginger bartholomew
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
We were so sorry to hear Leslie has passed. Please know our prayers are with you at this difficult time. Lou and Ginger

Paulette Nickerson
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
My sincere sympathies to Leslie's family. In particular, I want to express my deepest sympathy to Leslie's Mom, Eileen Wolcott. Eileen, my heart is with you as you grieve the loss of a beautiful and talented daughter. Please know that you are in my prayers. I do hope this message finds you well.
Your friend from long ago, Paulette

Ray T. Forbes, M.D.
   Posted Wed April 01, 2020
It is with great sadness that I saw of Leslie's passing. I honestly never thought anything could slow her- an "unsinkable Molly Brown". Her obit pegged her exactly as a cheerleader - a perfect description. This was due to her tremendous emotional impact and great projected energy. Seeing her always gave me a tremendous boost in energy and confidence. I know that everyone who ever knew her feels the loss of her tremendous energy and light. She was one of the most impactful people I have ever known

Valerie Flagg Manning
   Posted Thu April 02, 2020
At Camden High School Leslie was a ray of sunshine. She did not play favorites, but said hello to all. She was very encouraging to others. When in town we would stop at the restaurant and get a cheerful’ so good o see you’. Prayers and sincere condolences to all the family

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