Doris Ann Caldwell Olson of Bridgeport, who had operated a shop in downtown Fairfield, died Oct. 4, 2010, in her home.

Born on Dec. 9, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Paul W. and Katherine Ruth Ohmen Caldwell of New Milford, and was the wife of Rev. John W. Olson for 54 years.

She owned and operated Sew Be It on the Post Road for 14 years, where she sold Bernina Swiss sewing machines, fabrics and notions. She was skilled in sewing, knitting, crocheting, needle point, quilting and smocking, as well as button-hole making. She graduated 60 years ago from New Milford High School and in 1954 graduated from the University of Connecticut with a major in home economics. She liked traveling, camping with her family in parks around the country, and also took a number of cruises and trips to Europe.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include three daughters, Karen Ruth Underhill, and her husband, Robert, of Brookfield, Emily M. Fisher, and her husband, Kenneth, of New Milford, and Melissa Ann Pionzio, and her husband, John, of East Hampton; four grandchildren, Robert Q. and Lindsay Marie Underhill of Brookfield and Jennifer Lynn and John Pionzio of East Hampton; a sister, Patricia Pitkin, and her husband, Donald, of Mohrsville, Pa.; two aunts, an uncle, and nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, James Caldwell of New Milford.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday in the United Church of Christ, North and Laurel avenues, Bridgeport, followed by a reception in Bessemer Hall. Private burial will be in Center Cemetery, New Milford. Arrangements are by Lesko & Polke Funeral Home in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurses Services-Hospice at Home, 40 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611. For travel directions to the church or to sign an online guest register, visit