Anne Marie McCarthy, Elizabeth Arden manager

Anne Marie McCarthy, a resident of Ridgefield, and a former longtime resident of Darien, died on Monday, July 11, after a nine-year battle with ovarian cancer.  

She was born in Aalen, Germany, to Josef and Hildegard Marquart Gruner on Sept. 15, 1939. She was 76.

She travelled from Germany on the SS Hanseatic to New York City. She later met her husband, Eugene G. McCarthy, at the World’s Fair. After living in the New York City area for several years, they chose Darien as their family home town, where they raised their two children, Deborah McCarthy Sutton and James M. McCarthy.

She worked in the skincare and cosmetics industry and was the “diamond star” manager for Elizabeth Arden at Filene’s in Stamford. She was a member of the German Club and The Harugari Singing Society.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah McCarthy Sutton and her husband, James; a son, James M. McCarthy and his wife, Laura; grandchildren Anna Kathleen and Seamus Eugene Sutton and Caitlin and Brendan McCarthy; her mother, Hildegard Marquart Gruner; five brothers, Peter, Herbert, Josef, Rolf and Fred, and one sister, Crystal. She was predeceased by her father, Josef Gruner.

Calling hours will be Friday, July 15, from 5 to 8 at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More RC Church, 376 Middlesex Road, Darien. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

Memorial donations  may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — made out to MSK with notation "in memory of Anne Marie McCarthy" to support ovarian cancer research — Attn: Amanda Gilstein, 885 Second Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017.