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Marian Olene Taranto (August 11, 1946-January 1, 2023), accomplished artist, devoted wife, loving mother, daughter of
God, and friend to many. At her home in Oxford, NY, on the morning of January 1st, 2023,
Marian Olene Taranto suddenly departed her earthly body and was rejoined with her Lord and Savior in Heaven. She was loved by many.
Marian Olene (Crow) Taranto was the first daughter to Leo Roy Crow and Marion (Anderson) Crow on August 11, 1946, in Flint, MI. As a child,
Marian was a loving sister to her disabled younger brother John Crow. Her dearest childhood memories entailed visiting her grandparents
Bessie and Olaf at the “Little House” in Ashland, WI, spending time with her beloved Airedale, Rags, and her cat, Sammy, and taking in the beauty
of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. She was a graduate with Honors from Hamady High School in Flint, MI. Upon graduation she studied
Fine Arts at her mother’s alma mater Northland College, WI, and completed her degree with a BFA from Salve Regina College, RI.
While visiting San Diego with her best friend Eilene, she met a handsome sailor from Brooklyn, NY named Peter Taranto at a Navy
picnic. After much deliberation, they married five days later. In marrying Peter, the love of her life, she would fulfill her twofold dreams
of traveling the world and becoming a mother. Together, the couple lived in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Virginia, Scotland, Italy,
and Guam. Marian was blessed with five children that she loved beyond measure: Peter John “P.J.,” Bridgett Olene “Bunny,” Ruth Kathleen
“Kate,” Timothy Leo, and Christian Salvatore “Tory.” Marian was a talented painter, in the tradition of her mother and
grandmother. Whether it was face painting for children at the Blackhawk Blast or exhibiting her paintings at Queen’s Hall, Dunoon,
Scotland and galleries in Newport, RI, or doing graphic design work for the family business, she was proud to share her talents with others.
Marian was a lover of animals, especially Scottish and West Highland terriers of which she had many over the years. Her interests were broad
and her knowledge of subjects was deep. She was a lover of American history, historic homes, antiquing, treasure hunting at the Salvation
Army and Goodwill, classic movies, British television shows, genealogy, archaeology, collecting jewelry, or just the simple pleasure of driving
through the rolling landscape of Upstate New York to admire the autumn colors in all their splendor. She was a member of her local
chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Moorestown, NJ. She was a gifted whistler, knew the words to countless songs, and possessed a beautiful
singing voice. Marian cherished cooking for her family, baking with her daughters at the holidays and exploring new cuisines and recipes. A
true Michigander, she was a faithful fan of the “mouth-eaten, flea-bitten” Detroit Lions. She also loved people, loved a good
conversation, loved to laugh, and loved staying in touch with her many friends throughout the years and across the world. More than anything
though, Marian was a woman of great faith. Marian was a devoted Catholic and loved Jesus Christ our Lord with all her heart, a love she
instilled in all of her children. She was a prayer warrior, praying ceaselessly for others, she was a CCD teacher, she participated in many
bible studies, and even produced the famous St. Joseph’s Church Haunted House for many years. Her greatest joy in life was being a
devoted wife to her husband Peter and loving mother to her five children.
Marian is survived by her husband of 55 years, Peter Taranto, her son Peter John Taranto and his wife Jennifer (Wakeman) Taranto, her
daughter Bridgett Olene (Taranto) Pilla and her husband Vincent Frank Pila, her daughter Ruth Kathleen Taranto and her husband William
Joshua Thomas Burnett, her son Timothy Leo Taranto and his wife Allison Blair (Conti) Taranto, and her son Christian Salvatore Taranto.
She is survived by 4 grandchildren: Elaine, Shaleigh Amber, Roman, and Teresa “Tess” Rose. Marian is preceded in death by her mother
Marian Olene (Anderson) Crow, her father Leo Roy Crow, her brother John Crow, her maternal grandmother Bessie (Cumberland) Anderson,
and her maternal grandfather Olaf Anderson. We are heartbroken to have lost someone as truly special as Marian, but we take solace in
knowing that she is laughing and singing and chatting it up with all of the folks who are excited to see her up in Heaven.
Friends and family may call at the Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street Oxford, NY, on Thursday, January 5, 2023, from 6:00PM - 8:00PM. Funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Oxford, NY, at 11:00AM on Friday, January 6, 2023. Friends and family may share memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.
Thursday, January 5, 2023
6:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)
Behe Funeral Home Inc.
Friday, January 6, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)
St. Joseph Church
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