Stewart Udel Wolpert, 90, innkeeper and education counselor in his later years, passed away January 2, 2022 in Newton, Massachusetts after a short illness. During his last weeks, he hosted the family Thanksgiving dinner and helped a relative convalesce.
Stewart was the first son of Belle Violet Karpelman Wolpert, who emigrated from Belarus, and George Nathan Wolpert, who emigrated from Kovno Gubernia in Lithuania. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and moved with his family to Providence, Rhode Island. They later resided in New York, where he graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School.
After one year at American International College, he enrolled at Brandeis University, where he majored in biology and was a member of the first graduating class in 1952. He then served in the US army as a medic. While stationed at Camp Pickett in Virginia, he met his future wife and the mother of his three children, Florian Tamra Jacobs. They married in 1953 in Richmond, Virginia. Stewart then taught chemistry at South Hadley High School outside Springfield, Massachusetts, where they lived for four years and two of their children were born. In 1957, the family moved to Richmond, Virginia, and the next year, their third child was born. In Richmond, Stewart took flying lessons under the GI bill during the 1960s and worked for his father-in-law’s shoe findings business, Acme General Supply, for two decades.
His wife Florian died in 1966. Stewart married Audrey Enid Shrier in 1969. He then took graduate courses in education at William and Mary College. In 1977, he and Audrey moved to Windsor, Vermont, where they purchased and ran Wolperts’ Mountain Inn for seven years, a period Stewart referred to as “the best time of his life.”
Stewart lived in New Britain, Pennsylvania from 1984 to 2013. He was Audrey’s primary caregiver for nearly a decade during a long illness until she died in 2010. He then moved to Massachusetts to be closer to family.
Survivors include his children Michael, Helaine (Jonathan Dietz) and Beverly (John McDonald) and grandchildren George Dietz, Flora Wolpert Checknoff, and Alexander Dietz. Stewart's younger brother, Lionel, predeceased him by one month.
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