In Memory of




Obituary for Stuart John Lovejoy

Stuart John Lovejoy January 12th 1949 - June 17th 2023
Stu was born in Chicago, IL to Jack and Peg (née Fitzjohn) Lovejoy on a cold winter day on the Southside. "Skip", as he was called, attended Marist High School ‘67, upon graduation he continued his schooling in Oklahoma graduating from OK State in ‘71 with a degree in Biology. A lifelong learner, Stu then earned his RRT from the University of Chicago and later an MS in Healthcare Administration from Wichita State. He lived a life many dreamed of, sailing the Great Lakes as a Merchant Marine, fighting fires for the Chicago Ridge Fire Department, instructing Scuba Diving (including the Bermuda Triangle: we thought we lost him there, but he reappeared), leading Boy Scouts, among many other adventures. He eventually met the love of his life at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago. A young nurse by the name of Mary Ann. He claimed he married a nurse because he knew Mar would always have a job. Together they settled in Bixby, OK where they welcomed a daughter and son. Stu spent much of his career in corporate healthcare, but when the nuns started getting fired he left the profession. These adventures took him and his family from Oklahoma to Texas, back to Oklahoma, and then to Wichita, KS. Upon his retirement from healthcare, he and Mar moved back to Chicago to be near family. Stu followed his true passion and taught high school Anatomy, Biology, and debauchery at Stagg High School for 15 years. Upon retirement, he and Mar moved to Bonner Springs to lazily watch the cows roam from their porch and smile as their grandkids ran around. Stu enjoyed bicycling, running, smoking a fine cigar, and sipping a peety scotch. But, most importantly he loved his wife Mary Ann (née Brady) for 45 years and his kids Kathleen Crosby (Jason) and Stuart O. (Kerri) along with his grandchildren Brady, Kaitlyn, Stuart E, Conor, Quinn, and Charlotte. He is also survived by his younger sister Laurie Seleb of Chicago. Stu went out in a blaze of glory, blasting his Harley over the KS River but botched the landing, or his body maybe just gave out from such an exciting life! He fought so very hard until the very end. From his unfiltered opinions, answering correctly every question on Jeopardy, or playing “guess the disease with Mar”, he will be dearly missed and never forgotten. Per Stu's request, there will be no viewing or services. In lieu of flowers, his family humbly asks for donations made to the Hospice House of Olathe.