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Audrey Taksen Marcus of Syracuse, NY and Sarasota, FL died January 25 in Sarasota.  She had celebrated her 90th birthday in Sarasota with her husband, children and grandchildren two weeks before her death.

A native of Rochester, Audrey was born January 9, 1933 to Alfred and Rose Taksen. She was a graduate of Monroe High School class of 1950, attended Northwestern University and graduated from Syracuse University. After graduation she worked in the Psychology Department at the University of Rochester.  In 1958, she moved to Boston and worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

She met her husband, William C. Marcus, in Boston shortly after she moved there.  He was attending two weeks of Army reserve training at nearby Fort Devens with a Buffalo, NY reserve unit. A mutual friend who said she might be going to Boston had given him Audrey’s telephone number and address as a contact. On that Saturday morning, the phone was out of order and Audrey was waiting for a repairman to show up. Neither the friend nor the repairman ever arrived.  Her future husband, unable to reach the phone and with nothing to do on a half-deserted army post, showed up instead.  They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last November.

After a number of years living in Buffalo and Rochester, the family moved to Syracuse in 1970 when her husband became general manager of a new community under development north of the city.

While her children were in grade school, Audrey was active in the Dewitt PTA and served as its president. She was also a volunteer for many years at the Food Bank of Central New York and served on the Board of Directors for the Lymestone Hill Homeowner’s Association.  She was well known as a successful real estate agent at Gallinger Real Estate’s Eastern office for more than 20 years.

In retirement, she and her husband divided their year between Syracuse and Sarasota. She loved spending time with her friends and going to the theater and the symphony orchestra. She enjoyed playing Mah Jongg with her friends in both cities, and raised grocery shopping to an art form. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, William; her children Elizabeth (Ira Belcove), Karen, Bob (Michelle) and her grandchildren, Maya Belcove, Lillian, Vivian and Nathan Marcus; her sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Roger Friedlander; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at Temple Beth El Synagogue, 139 Winton Road South in Rochester, New York on Thursday Feb 2nd at 3:00p. CLICK HERE to Livestream the service OR CLICK HERE to Zoom the service.

The family will receive friends at the home of Bob and Michelle Marcus, 369 Clover Hills Drive, Rochester, NY 14618 on Thursday from 6:30p – 9:00p

There will be a celebration of her life in Sarasota at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Food Bank of Central New York,  7066 Interstate Island Road, Syracuse, NY 13209 (Donate Online) or the Sarasota Orchestra, 709 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Donate Online)

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