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Marlene D. Tofan

August 31, 1960 June 16, 2020
Marlene D. Tofan
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Obituary for Marlene D. Tofan

Marlene D. Tofan, daughter of Rev. Fr. Constantin Tofan and Suzanne, was BORN TO ETERNAL LIFE on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Marlene is survived by her brother Steven G. Tofan, his children Hannah and Noah, and her beloved dog, Dante.

Marlene was born on August 31, 1960 in New York City. After living in Regina, Saskatchewan for three years, her family moved to Canton, Ohio, which became home. She graduated from McKinley Sr. High school in the class of 1978, got her BS in business administration from Kent State University in the class of 1985, and graduated from Pacific Coast Banking school at the University of Washington in the class of 1995. Marlene made her move out west in 1990, settling in San Francisco after a brief stint at a bank in Southfield, Michigan. Marlene has worked at several banks throughout her career, including CitiBank and Wells Fargo, but spent the past eight years working for Bank of the West, most recently as the Senior VP of Governance and Operations Manager. While she was extremely dedicated to her job, work was not the only part of her life. Marlene spent six months living in Italy, during which she got to experience life in Florence and became very attuned to Italian fashion.

Marlene’s other devotion was to her godchildren, her niece and nephew, Hannah and Noah. She was incredibly proud of Hannah for attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, and was the one to take her the first time she ever visited the campus. She was equally as proud of Noah for falling in love with baseball, as it was her favorite sport (Go Giants!).

Her dog Dante was her constant companion. Whether it was dog day at AT&T Park or just a walk through Lafayette park, he would always accompany her. Dante will be joining Steve and his family in Colorado, where he will get to experience the mountain life and navigate living with cats for the first time.

Marlene was the ultimate team player. She was always ready to help whoever needed it, in whatever way she could. She was encouraging, friendly, straight to the point but never rude. She took care of her friends and her family in every way. Every morning, she would greet you with “Good morning, sunshine!” to start your day.

Funeral and burial services will be held at the VATRA in Grass Lake, Michigan on June 23, 2020 at 1pm.

Marlene will be missed dearly by her friends and her family. Donations in her memory may be made to San Francisco SPCA (


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