October 12, 1951 ~ November 1, 2022

Born in: Cambridge, NY
Resided in: Meriden, CT

Nancy Anne Voerman Stewart passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Cambridge, New York to Frances and Joseph Voerman and was a devout Christian from an early age. Nancy attended Central College in Pella, IA and then transferred to Western Connecticut State University to complete her education in music. She served as a musical director, organist, and cantor in both Catholic and Protestant churches throughout the state, beginning with her grandfather’s church. She continued to live her faith every day with her gift of voice and through her music ministry.
Nancy taught school in Meriden in various capacities before pursuing her professional career as an international singer, performing with many symphonies and opera companies. Collaboration was important to Nancy as well, including young singers in as many capacities as she could. Under the sponsorship of The Greater Meriden Community Chorus, she established the Summer Youth Musical Theater Camp, running for several years, incorporating children of all ages, and establishing in them a love of music that she hoped would extend throughout their lives.
Through Nancy’s collaboration with the Yale Chinese Chorus (SYGQ), local singers were invited to sing in the premiere of “Ask the Sky and the Earth: A Cantata for the Sent-Down Youth” at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Many of these singers continued on a world tour with this piece to China, Australia, Europe and the United States.
Nancy was frequently seen singing lead roles with the Simsbury Light Opera Company and the Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society, along with the New Britain Musical Club’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. She also had the unique opportunity to travel and perform internationally with the American Magic Lantern Theater in collaboration with its founder, Terry Borton.
When Nancy was not traveling, she spent time teaching piano and voice. She was also the musical director of many local and regional choral groups such as the Greater Meriden Oratorio Chorus, the Meriden Turner Singing Society, the Greater Meriden Community Chorus, and the Greater Hartford Opera Ensemble.
She is survived by her daughter Suzanne Amaral (fiancé Johnny Smith) of South Carolina, her life-long friend Susan Shabazian (fiancé Michael Papelian), and countless devoted friends. She was predeceased by her father, Joseph Voerman, Sr.
Nancy was known to take in stray cats due to her fondness for animals. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the Meriden Humane Society, 311 Murdock Avenue, Meriden, CT 06450, or to the Christian Broadcasting Network at www.CBN.com. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, November 6th, beginning at 4:00 PM in Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Avenue, Meriden.

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Memorial Service: November 6, 2022 4:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Meriden
48 Cook Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451

203-235-4152

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  1. I am very sorry to learn of the passing of Nancy. I first met Nancy at Norton School in Cheshire, CT when she would accompany our vocal concerts for my friend Bryan, the music teacher. She was an extraordinarily accomplished and talented musician .I just loved hearing her play the piano or sing. She was a bright light, warm and friendly, so interesting and pleasant to be around. I reconnected with her some years later through a friend who also performed in the Gilbert and Sullivan productions in CT. We enjoyed some lovely social gatherings. Her faith in God was so evident in her everyday life and I know she will dwell in God’s house forever.

  2. We shared many a dinner on Sundays. I will miss her warm humor and genuine kindness. So loved singing with her. Rest In Peace dear lady.

  3. My heart goes out to you, Dear Suzie, for the devastating loss of Nancy. She was so beautiful and talented in every way, and was most definitely a light to all those she met.
    Extending my deepest condolences and so much love to you at this most difficult time.
    Cathy McAuliffe

  4. When I first met you at NorthWest Community College, you immediately showed love and compassion. You gave me amazing advice and support when I was going through a very difficult time. I knew I would always count on your advice and listening ears. Thank you so much for the love you showed me throughout the years. I know you will be watching over all of us!!!! I love you Nancy!!!!

  5. May your soul have eternal peace. A wonderful and truly talented person. I am truly proud to have known you, and greatful for you teachings. Untill we meet again!

  6. May you be at peace now Nan- thank you for all your talks and advice these last few years I will miss you so very much. Dear Suzie I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. God Bless you!

  7. I was so very sorry to read of Nancy’s illness and passing. She taught music to Special Education students many, many years ago at the school I was teaching in. She was a kind and remarkable woman. Be at Peace, Nancy. Pam

  8. Nancy will be missed. I first met Nancy on my weight loss journey with Ideal Protein where she worked. Nancy shared her passion for music and of course her love of Vienna, Austria, where my family stems from. We shared many stories as the pounds melted away in ketosis bliss and funny anecdotes about an American opera singer in Vienna made the time fly by. Her kindness and devotion to all things musical was and remains an inspiration to me. The forgiveness she held in her heart for those around her who broke hers makes her a saint and a beautiful soul who I will always remember.
    Dein Freund,
    Rudiger

  9. Suzanne,
    I am so sorry to learn of Nancy’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    With our Sincerest Sympathy,
    Mark and Mary Case

  10. I first knew nancy because she was my choir director at Bethany Covenant church and she was a great blessing to me. She was so instrumental to my career first here because she showcased me and gave me solo opportunities even though she was a better singer and I never forgot that. She told me that it was my time and she would always ask the leaders to showcase me more and I felt so special. Then when she left Bethany I was devastated. Later on I had crossed paths with her again and to be in the ghoe was a huge blessing to my life again and I actually started to come out of my depression again and live. I am so indebted to Nancy. She was so used by God to help me never forget why I am here and that is to use my talent for God and for all people. She inspired me to keep going. I love her and miss her deeply. My deep condolences to her family and friends she was a special and wonderful woman of God. I am happy she is with her Jesus at last. ❤️‍🩹

  11. Our condolences to her Family we have know her and her family for many years at hedges lake in Cambridge NY. She was a wonderful lady and I believe she had her pilots license before she had her drivers license rest in peace

    The Allen Family

  12. I first met Nancy when I was on the board of the Meriden Symphony Orchestra in the 1970s. We were listening to auditions for students competing for a chance to perform with the MSO. A few years later she moved in next door to us on Bradley Avenue. She was such a good neighbor! She knew she was welcome to pop over when she wanted to rehearse upcoming performances with me as accompanist, and it was such a pleasure to work with her. She was generous to take in our daughter for a time after we moved so that our daughter could be closer to work. I enjoyed working with Nancy when I was the pianist for CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and also as pianist for various events at local senior residences.

    So, Nancy’s passing leaves a hole in my heart, but I am nonetheless so thankful to have known her and to have been fortunate enough to work with her. Her memory is a blessing to all who knew her.

  13. Nancy was a gifted vocalist and pianist — and tireless proponent of Gilbert & Sullivan. She was also an educator, which I discovered when she directed the cast of “Pirates of Penzance” in a command performance at the Hartford Academy of the Arts ( a magnet high school) and took probing questions from the large audience of students there. She dealt with disability and illness with grace and tenacity, and brought music to countless students and adults. Nathan M. Wise, Old Saybrook

  14. I am an old freind from Cambridge, our parents were the best of freinds, our Dads flew together. We reconnected a few years ago when I moved to Middletown. I am so sorry to hear of her passing, it is with the fondest memories when I think of Nancy.

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