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Marjorie Lillian (Saxton) Titolo

April 22, 1928 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Marjorie Titolo Obituary

Marjorie Lillian (Saxton) Titolo went home to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on January 25th, 2024 at the age of 95. Marjorie was born April 22, 1928 in Genoa, NY to Warren Ellsworth Saxton and Elsie Edith (Hardy) Saxton. As a child she and her brother Donald had a weekly radio show on WMBO and in 1940 the two would perform with an orchestra at the Stanley Theatre. She graduated from Genoa High School in 1946 and later attended the Syracuse Conservatory of Music. While attending the Conservatory she would meet Philip Titolo who was attending Syracuse University, the two would later wed in 1953. Prior in September of 1950 Marjorie went to NYC to pursue a career in music. She would audition and made her operatic debut in October of that same year. As a coloratura soprano she performed both lyric and dramatic roles including Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Violetta in La traviata, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Madame Butterfly in Madame Butterfly, Lakme in Lakme, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. In addition, she studied under the tutelage of Dolf Swing of the Juilliard School of Music Voice Faculty, and Rose Bampton, former leading soprano of the Metropolitan Opera. October 2nd, 1952, she made her television debut on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. Her ‘day job’ at this time was receptionist on officers’ platform at the Chemical Bank at Rockefeller Center and the very next day after the television debut she was introduced to President Herbert Hoover at the bank. She and Philip moved to Trieste, Italy where Phil worked for the state department. They would return to NYC where they started their family with the birth of their beloved Lorretta Joy. Soon after they returned to upstate NY.  Marjorie and Philip founded Finger Lakes Travel of Auburn and owned and operated the agency for 40 years, retiring in 1999. Marjorie would continue to sing sharing her talents in local venues and particularly enjoying singing as part of the music ministry in church. Many of those years were at Second Baptist where she was a member for some 45 years. It was important for Marjorie to tell of her Savior to any and all that would hear- whether it was neighbors, people she met at Wegmans or her doctors, she shared the gospel. In the mid 1960’s Marjorie felt the call to visit Turkey and share the gospel with a government official they had met prior. She and Phil obtained Bibles in the Turkish language and smuggled them into the ‘closed’ country of Turkey- it was a forever remembered trip.  She deeply loved her family. She also had some of the best cared for cats. Marjorie is survived by two daughters Loretta Joy Franchi and Melanie Hope (George) Betts, two granddaughters, Sarah (Yuri) Pashchuk and Rachel (Paulo) Montero and two great grandsons, Luca and Levi. Marjorie was predeceased by her husband of 48 years Philip J Titolo in 2002, an infant son, Jonathan Philip in 1970 and her brother Donald Saxton in 2018.Special thanks to the sixth-floor staff at the Commons on St Anthony who have cared for her for nearly the last five years.   Calling hours and memorial service will be held at Cornerstone Baptist Church (Formerly First Baptist Church of Skaneateles) 21 State St, Skaneateles, NY on February 19th, 2024, from 5 to 7, followed by a memorial service starting at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Second Baptist Church, Auburn, NY.

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Services

Visitation
Monday
February 19, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cornerstone Baptist Church
21 State Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152

Memorial Service
Monday
February 19, 2024

7:00 PM
Cornerstone Baptist Church
21 State Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152

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