In Memory Of

Mrs. Toniann

Service Information

Monday, April 25, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
10:00 am

                                                                                           In Loving Memory

                                                                                           Toniann Taunton

                                                                          October 18, 1956 - April 22, 2022

The world lost a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Toniann Taunton, on April 22,2022. Toniann battled cancer for six years but it never stopped her love of family, life, sense of humor and her desire to beat cancer. Toniann passed away surrounded by her family. Her husband Mike, son Michael, his wife Donna, her daughter Laurie and her husband Jason, and son James and girlfriend Justyna survive her. Five adoring grandchildren Jack, Michael, Luke, Dylan and Alice also survive her. 

Toniann was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 18, 1956 and raised by her loving parents, Ann and Tony. After high school, she began working as an administrative assistant at Brooklyn Union Gas until the birth of her first child. She became a full-time Mom but returned to work on a part-time basis when the kids were in school full time. Her last role was at the Hemlock School in the Garden City School District until her illness no longer allowed her to work. 

Toniann was diagnosed with CLL, a form of leukemia, in 2016. Later on, the cancer transformed into diffused large b cell lymphoma. She underwent several rounds of chemotherapy as well as a stem cell transplant and most recently, Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell therapy. She fought her cancer with dignity, grace and all her strength. The following poem summarizes her journey:

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm Free. - I'm following the path God laid for me. I went to Him when I heard Him call. - I turned my back and left it all. --------- I could not stay another day - To eat, to run, to work or play. -------------------- Tasks left undone must stay that way. - I simply had to go away. -- If my parting has left a void, - Then fill it with remembered joy. ----------------- A friendship shared, a walk, a kiss. - Ah yes, these things I, too, will miss. --- Be not burdened with times of sorrow. - I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. ---- My life's been full, I savored much. - Good friends, good times, my master's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. - Don't lengthen it now with undo grief. - Lift up your heart and share with me. - God wanted me now. ------------------------- He set me Free!

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