Norma Autuori, 96, teacher and musician

Norma S. Autuori of Ridgefield, a retired teacher who was also a musician, died on Saturday, Dec. 22, at her home. She was 96 years old and the widow of Giovanni Autuori, M.D.
Mrs. Autuori was born in Santa Ninfa, Sicily, Italy, on Aug. 5, 1905, a daughter of the late Francesco and Mariana Grimaldi Scuderi. She immigrated to this country with her parents in 1907, first settling in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mrs. Autuori attended New York schools and Hunter College, where she received her bachelor of arts and master’s degrees in education. She taught sixth grade in the New York public school system for many years.
Accomplished at both the piano and violin, Mrs. Autuori had also taught several music classes. In the late 1980s, she played piano for senior citizen groups at Ballard Green. “She was quite good,” said her son, Michael J. Autuori of Ridgefield.
As a young woman, she was considered avant garde and, among other things, drove a car long before it was commonplace for women to drive. Before her marriage in 1936, Mrs. Autuori traveled extensively throughout Europe and South America and in later years traveled with her husband.
For about 40 years Mrs. Autuori had lived in Glendale, Queens, N.Y., where her husband was a general practitioner. The couple moved to Ridgefield in 1986. Dr. Autuori died in 1989.
In Ridgefield, “she was the quintessential mother-grandmother,” her son said. “She devoted herself to her family.”
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church.
Besides her son and his wife, Christel, Mrs. Autuori is survived by two grandchildren, Alisa Autuori and Gregory Autuori, both of Ridgefield.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday in St. Mary’s Church. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Contributions in Mrs. Autuori’s memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877.
The Kane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.