December 24th, 2010

Marilyn Safford Abruzzino, World Traveler and Boating Enthusiast

Marilyn Safford Abruzzino, who passed away December 20, found her life's work as a travel agent in 1970, when she was 40 years old. Friends remember her saying, "I have found my identity: Marilyn Abruzzino, Travel Agent!" Her love of the work and her passion for traveling caused her to form her own travel agency in 1980 with her business partner, Arlene Goldberg. Their company, Action Travel, headquarted in Solon, grew to a two-location agency with more than 35 employees.

In 1996, she and her partner Arlene were given the award of Women Business Owners of the Year by the Cleveland Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners.

She and her husband, Sam A. Abruzzino, were long-time members of the Cleveland Yacht Club where they pursued their enjoyment of boating, including, for many years, crewing in sailing races.

She was a constant reader who kept up on everything new, enjoyed practicing foreign languages on her travels to many countries, enjoyed all sports, and walked every morning before coming to work.

Enjoyment of music was a major part of her life, having had wonderful childhood summers at the family cottage at Chautauqua, NY. She frequently expressed how grateful she was to have been able to attend symphony and other special concerts, operas, and ballet performances, as well as theater in Chautauqua while growing up and enjoying water sports learned through the Chautauqua Girls Club.

Born in 1928, Mrs. Abruzzino was the daughter of the late Georgia Ingersoll Safford and Clarence W. Safford, of Lakewood. Her maternal grandfather, Francis S. Ingersoll, an early pioneer in Rocky River, founded F. S. Ingersoll Hardward, a Rocky River landmark, in 1906. Her paternal grandfather, Clarence E. Safford, was inventor of the sectional radiator.

Marilyn grew up in Lakewood and attended Bowling Green State University. She married Sam, who before his retirement was an insurance executive, in August 1950. They have one son, Robert, a daughter, Sally I. Miller, a son-in-law, Roger Miller, and granddaughter, Christina Miller. Her brothers are Dr. Philip L. Safford of Shaker Heights and the late Francis I. Safford of Honolulu, HI. She was a long-time member of the West Shore Unitarian Church and a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, as well as many trade organizations.

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5900 Harper Road | Solon, OH 44139
440-248-4949 | 800-391-1167