Janice Biazzo Macauda of Westport died July 5 at Jewish Senior Services in Bridgeport. She was 97.
Janice Maccuda: former Bridgeport resident. Contributed photo
She was the wife of the late James J. Macauda to whom she had been married for 71 years. Born in Bridgeport on Jan. 11, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Giuseppe and Bennedetta Laterra Biazzo and was a longtime resident of Bridgeport before moving to Westport.
She was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1940. Janice and her husband James owned and operated Macauda’s Market in Bridgeport and most recently she worked at the nursery at Saint Luke Church and the Westport Library.
She worked until her 92nd birthday. She was devoted to her family and was a great cook who enjoyed cooking for family gatherings and holidays. The love she had for family was also shown in her love for animals.
Suzanne Fetterold Crolius of West Chester, Pennsylvania, a former Westport resident, died July 4 after a short battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 89.
She was born on July 12, 1930 in Philadelphia to Allen and Alice Fetterolf of Chestnut Hill. She graduated from Ogontz Junior College in 1947 and married Allen Potter Crolius, also of Philadelphia, in June of 1950.
During their 69 years together, Allen and Suzanne traveled extensively and lived in Europe for six years where Allen was employed as an executive with Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and Newsweek Magazine.
After returning to America, they settled in Westport where Suzanne was active with the Westport Historical Society and the Westport Garden Club. Her professional career was centered around her position as a teacher at the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School where she taught for over 35 years.
Born in Norwalk, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her teaching certificate from Danbury State Teachers College.
She started her teaching career at Roosevelt Elementary School in Norwalk before moving to Bedford Elementary School in Westport. After her children were born, she became a private tutor.
Eleanor was predeceased by her husband George Weigle, legendary choral director at Staples High School for 35 years and founder of the Orphenians. He in died August 2018 at age 90. She is survived by her daughters Kimberly Weigle of Westport, Robin Magda and her husband Mark and their sons, Steven and Nicholas of Riverside, and Kristen Witt and her husband Rick and their two children Madelyn and Nathaniel of Redding.
David Laurence Schmerzler, a lifelong resident of Westport and Fairfield, died June 30. He was 54.
David Schmerzler: Staples graduate. Contributed photo
He was born Nov. 2, 1964. He was a 1983 graduate of Staples High School and a 1987 graduate of Syracuse University, where he served as president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
He was the third son of Barbara Harlib Schmerzler and Seymour B. Schmerzler. They lived at The Glen in Westport, where his mother still resides.
David was vice president, sales at Lindenmeyr Central, a paper company in Southport. His brothers and friends envied his short and convenient commute -— but why would David waste time on the train? He had too many other things to do.
William F. Brown of Westport, a Tony-nominated writer best known for his libretto to the long-running Broadway musical “The Wiz,” died June 23 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 91.
William Brown: Broadway, TV writer. David Gordon photo
His death was confirmed by his longtime wife and collaborator, Tina Tippit.
Brown was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 16, 1928. After attending Princeton University, he moved to New York City and landed a job writing for Look Magazine in 1950.
After a year in the U.S. Army, he worked from 1952 to 1954 as a television producer for the advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborne (BBDO), while also starting a freelance career as an author, illustrator, cartoonist and TV writer. See full obituary HERE from BroadwayWorld.com.
John Felton Ashton, a resident of Darien and former Westport resident, died June 20. He was 89.
He was born in Bronxville, New York and for most of his adult life lived in Darien and Westport,
He was the son of the late Henry Rusling Ashton and Ruth Felton, residents of Bronxville for more than 40 years.
He attended the Harvey School in Hawthorne, New York and in 1947 graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. He received an AB degree in physics from Harvard College in 1951 and J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1954.