Inez Crofts

March 9, 1917December 12, 2010

Inez Altman Crofts, age 93, longtime resident of Riverside, passed away December 12, 2010. Beloved wife of the late Philip Crofts; loving mother of Phil (Suzanne) Crofts; proud grandmother of Scott (Prachee) and Alex Crofts; lovingly cared for by Patty Kirin. Inez was a composer-contralto, who held a master's degree in music from the Chicago Conservatory where she taught voice. She toured with the New York City Opera Company in the role of Bertha in the Barber of Seville. In the early 50’s Inez had her own television show "Twilight Time" in New haven, Connecticut. She served as a faculty member of the music department of Judson College in Elgin, Illinois, as well as being the past president of Chicago Artist Association. Inez was a voice instructor to countless professional and armature singers from the Chicago area. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday January 15, 2011 at the Riverside United Methodist Church, 82 Woodside Rd., Riverside. Burial took place privately in the family plot at Memorial Burial Cemetery, Wheelersburg, Ohio. For nearly fifty years, Inez was a devoted active member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. Memorials may be made towards music scholarships in her name to the Oak Park Alumnae Chapter of SAI, C/O Marty McIntyre, P O Box 1477, Oak Park, Illinois 60304. Inez was a great lover of flowers. Floral tributes will be gratefully accepted at the church for the day of the service. Arrangements handled by Woodlawn Funeral Home. Info: 708-442-8500 or



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Robert J. Heidemann

November 25, 2018

Our family lived across the courtyard from the Croft's for many years. My wife & I visited
Inez around 2008. She was still teaching piano in her home at that time. We had a lovely
visit with her on my trip home from San Diego. Bob Heidemann

Heather Schwartz

March 7, 2011

I started singing with Inez at the age of 6. And boy, was I a HORRIBLE singer. My first recital consisted of me crying the entire show because I was too scared to sing in front of everyone in her living room. Finally, I gathered up the courage to sing, as long as my daddy could hold my hand while I sang my song, "Castle on a Cloud". I admired her growing up, even writing a school project on her. She was just such an amazing woman. And who can forget her stilettos! So graceful. So beautiful. So inspirational. I am so glad to have been brought up with Inez in my life. When we had tea this summer, she said she was writing her memoir "My Stiletto Symphony". Perfect title for a perfect woman. Love you Inez!

Andrea Peckham

February 24, 2011

Kristen Zahour Kline and Andrea Zahour Peckham were students of Inez Crofts, one with piano, the other with voice. She was a joy to work with as a teacher and friend.

Kay Kroh Kelley

January 16, 2011

Mrs. Crofts, and Mr. Crofts, were very long time neighbors and friends to our family and grandmother. She taught us piano and voice. She was a wonderful inspiration. We will always remember her, and her mother and sister, as they were a part of our lives. We shared the courtyard with them, and our wonderful historical homes. We will miss her very much.

Jon Harris

January 12, 2011

I had the great pleasure of meeting Inez recently and in a short period of time, she left an indeliable mark on my life. She was a wonderful spirit who was very full of life and I can't help but think that God needed a spunky, beautiful singing angel:-). God bless you Inez and I cannot wait to meet you again someday! Love, Jon

Helen Karkazis

January 4, 2011

I also attended Chicago conservatory
college of music with Inez. She was a
gracious and beautiful hostess in her
home when I attended with S.A.I many
years ago. Most talented--Helen N.Karkazis (Nickolas )

Barbara Garrison

January 3, 2011

Inez was a dear, dear friend. In fact, she was my pledge mother at The Chicago Conservatory when I joined Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity/Sorority. I have been a member for more than fifty years, and for her it was even longer. I was privileged to be the soprano who sang on the recording of her song cycle "Hommage," written as a tribute to five of her favorite classical composers. We performed this work many times in and around the Chicago area, as well as other "Messiahs" and programs. My son and I visited Inez a couple of years ago and were delighted to see how gracefully she was dealing with the inevitable advancing years. I will always count Inie as a very special friend indeed.

Julie Bates

December 26, 2010

Inez was a fantastic teacher and friend. Many things that I have learned I shall try to pass it on and pay it forward.She was a true and real person and will be greatly missed by many.I know Inez, on the dome and a little more forward.

Joan Lenzi

December 22, 2010

Inez was a wonderful neighbor and friend, I have never known anyone so full of life as she was. My daughter took voice lessons from her when she was quite young, and loved her dearly. She will be missed. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family.

Jean Harrison

December 21, 2010

I'm thankful that I knew her and that she was my teacher. She was a wonderful friend and mentor.