GLENS FALLS - Marjorie Toffoli, beloved mother and grandmother, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at the House of Grace with her family at her side.
Born May 22, 1918, in West Sayville, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Jan and Maatje (Versteeg) Van Essendelft.
In addition to her parents, Marge was pre-deceased by her husband, Frank N. Toffoli; their daughter, Joan Hoek Thornton; their son John; infant daughters, Marsha and Beverly; her sisters Jessie Westerbeke and Cora Butler; and a brother, Ira Van Essendelft.
She is survived by her son Jon (Christine) Hoek of Wilton; her sister Eleanor Browne of Stony Brook; five grandchildren, James Thornton, Cathleen Wagner, Rebecca Thornton, Matthew Hoek and Roxanne Hoek; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; and several devoted nieces and nephews.
Married for nearly 65 years, Marge and Frank made their home in Bay Shore, N.Y., for 30 years before moving to Lakeland, Fla., where they spent an additional 31 years and made many dear friends.
In 2005, they became residents of Prestwick Chase in Saratoga Springs, a move that allowed them to be closer to family. At Prestwick, Marge especially enjoyed making new friends and playing many fun games of cards, dominoes and bingo.
For all of her 95 years, Marge had a keen interest in life and in the world around her. At 93, she took up beading and made jewelry and ornaments by hand - just one example of her real zest for life and those she loved.
The family expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the entire staff at House of Grace for their extraordinary compassion and care, and to Community Hospice of Saratoga, particularly Trisha, Arlene and Karen, and to Drs. Jean Flanagan and Roland Phillips, whose expert and thoughtful care enhanced her quality of life considerably.
Marge's life will be celebrated at a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church.
Contributions in her memory may be made to House of Grace, 33 Henry St., Glens Falls, NY 12801; or to Trinity United Methodist Church, 715 Cornelia Ave., Lakeland, FL 33815.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burke, Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs.