Maria Theresa Stewart
Maria Theresa grew up in New York City and entered the U.S. Army in 1950. She did her basic training at Fort Lee in Virginia. From Fort Lee, Sergeant Stewart was assigned to the Fort Belvoir Engineer Center, in Virginia, where she met her husband Wallace, also a sergeant in the Army. She served at Fort Belvoir until September 1951, when she requested a discharge to be with Wallace, who was hospitalized for two years.
Maria Theresa, a resident of Stamford for 60 years, began her nursing career at Stamford Hospital in 1953 as a licensed practical nurse, having received her training at Caledonian Hospital in Brooklyn. She attained her registered nursing degree and license from Norwalk Community College in 1971. For six months in 1968, Maria also worked for the Visiting Nurse Association. She retired from Stamford Hospital as registered nurse in 1981. After retiring from the hospital, she worked for The American Red Cross until 1990.
Nursing provides an indispensable need in our community and lives, and Maria loved her career as a nurse. She is a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post 1957 and the American Legion. Maria and Wallace raised four children in Stamford - Cora, Patty, Linda and Robert - who are extremely proud of their mother being honored this evening.