|Antoinette A. Inazawa Madert
Antoinette A. Inazawa Madert
Antoinette A. "Toni" Madert, 85, a violinist who later worked at two now-defunct
Washington retail stores, died of congestive heart failure April 13, 2006 at her home in St.
She was one of the locally well-known Inazawa sisters who played many social events and
special functions in the Washington area during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Mrs.
Madert, a concert violinist who trained at the Peabody Institute Conservatory in Baltimore,
and her sisters Dorthea and Liesa, who played cello and piano, were described as three
talented sisters in The Washington Post in the early 1940s.
Mrs. Madert was born in Washington. Her mother was born in Germany and her father
was born in Japan, and she lived at the Swiss Legation where her father worked.
During World War II, when the family lived in Chevy Chase, FBI agents would make a
nightly patrol to their house, Mrs. Madert's son said. Her father, Yoneji Inazawa, would
invite the agents in to play cards at the end of their shifts, and they often accepted,
occasionally excusing themselves to search the house for contraband radios.
She graduated from Western High School (1938) and then attended the Peabody
She and her sisters also worked together as office managers at the Little Tavern Shops
headquarters in Silver Spring, and Mrs. Madert later was a manager at the old Woodward
and Lothrop department stores and at leather-goods retailer Camalier and Buckley.
Mrs. Madert moved with her husband to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1960, then to Atlanta. She
returned to this area in 1963, settling in Potomac. The couple retired in 1978 to St.
She was a member of Christ Church in St. Michaels and worked on special projects and
with the Altar Guild. She also was a volunteer for the American Heart Fund and raised
money for cancer and diabetes organizations for many years.
Her husband of 56 years, John H. Madert, died in 1999.
Survivors include her son, John H. Madert II of St. Michaels; her sisters, Liesa McFadden
and Dorothea Burrer, both of Potomac; and two