WARREN--Fran, died on her 87th Birthday March 4, 2013. Fran's career spanned over 50 years as a Big Band Singer and Actress, performing with Orchestra leaders - Eckstine, Barnet, Thornhill, James and trumpeter Joe Cabot. Receiving a Gold Record for her signature tune "A Sunday Kind Of Love" (written for her). She appeared on TV variety shows and had title roles on Broadway "Pajama Game" "Guys and Dolls" and "Mame". Fran enjoyed involvement in the Friars Club, Society of Singers and the Copa-Girls. Fran is pre-deceased by her husband Woody Witt, daughter Jody Steinman-Ellentuck and is survived by her beloved daughter Athena (Tina) Witt, son-in-law Larry Grunfeld and two nieces, Audrey, Debbie.

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 10, 2013