James S. Cole, 81

James S. Cole passed away on Feb. 5, 2019 in Gainesville, Fla. after a brief illness, with family by his side. 

He was 81 years old. He was the beloved husband of Nancy Upton for 23 years. They resided in New Canaan until 2017, when they relocated to Fairfield. 

Jim was born in Baltimore on Feb.

Margaret ‘Midge’ Ferrante, 81

On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, longtime New Canaan resident Margaret ‘Midge’ Ferrante passed away peacefully with her family by her side after a sudden and brief bout with cancer at the age of 81. Midge was born Jan. 3, 1938 in Chicago to the late David and Gayle Ryan. Midge attended Catholic school in Chicago and worked as an Executive Secretary at The Katz Agency.

Eleanora Maria Crosby, 73

Eleanora Maria Crosby, a generous, warm and comforting woman whose proudest accomplishment was becoming a grandmother, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was 73. Born Feb. 24, 1945 in Staten Island, N.Y., she was daughter of Dominick and Eleanor Pizzuto. 

She is survived by her husband John Crosby of Trumbull, daughter Courtney Crosby Rafferty of Trumbull (Bob), son Chandler Crosby of New Haven, sisters Maria Roesler (Arthur) and Victoria Steinert (Walter), both of Green Pond, N.J., Patricia Geisler of Staten Island, brother Nick Pizzuto of Saint Augustine, Fla.

Stuart B. Brenner, 61

Stuart B. Brenner, 61, of Wallingford, passed away with his family by his side on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Beth A. (Cox) Brenner. He was born in New Haven, December 17, 1957, and was raised in Woodbridge; a son of the late Lester and Corinne (Janow) Brenner. He was the proprietor of S&B Sports in New Canaan, where he cared about all of his customers and took an incredible amount of pride in his work.

Marilyn J. Hutchins, 92

Longtime New Canaan resident Marilyn Hutchins, 92, died at home on Saturday, January 26. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Case Western Reserve University, where she met her future husband, Dan Hutchins, who was attending CWRU on the GI Bill. Throughout her young life, Mrs. Hutchins held several interesting jobs, the details of which she could recall 70 years later. She wrote obituaries for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, sold Highlights for Children magazine door-to-door, and during World War II she worked in Washington, D.C. for the Foreign Economic Administration. Married in 1948, after obtaining her master’s degree, she taught fifth grade in the Cleveland Public Schools.