Marjorie Ann (Burling) Karagianis age 85 of Peoria, Illinois died at 10:30 a.m. at her home on Monday July 9th 2012.
She was born on Sept. 22, 1926 in Springfield, Ill to parents Walter and Thelma Burling.
She married Angelo Karagianis in 1944 in New York City, N.Y. Angelo died May 2000. One daughter, Christie, preceded her in death, as well as three sisters, Betty, Imogene and Lucretia.
Marjorie is survived by her children, Connie (Doug)Stein, Ledyard, Ct., Arthur (Elizabeth) Karagianis, Woodstock Il., Nancy (Tim) Slevin, East Peoria, and Nicholas P. Karagianis, Peoria. Marjorie is also survived by her grandchildren Julie (Brian) Dutton, Jason (Kim) Stein, Nathan (Sara) Karagianis, Gabriel Karagianis, Chelsea Karagianis, Drew Slevin, Natalie Slevin, and great grandchildren, Brady, Brooke, Avery, Kaylin and Tyler and a brother Ron (Mary) and sister Norma.
Marjorie started singing when he was nine years old and before she was 15 years old, Little Margie Burling was performing as a vocalist on WMBD Juvenile Theater. She went on to perform as the featured vocalist for the Verle Bogue Orchestra. They played weekly at the Inglaterra Ballroom. Other bands that she performed with were bands led by , Eddy Duchin,Shep Fields,Bill Carlson,Ted Weems and Dick Jurgens. Singer and Band leader Eddy Howard chose her from a national talent search to be his first female vocalist. As Margie May she toured with his band at 15 years of age with her sister Imogene traveling along as her chaperone. After it was found out she was a few months shy of her 16th birthday and legally underage she was sent home to Peoria. She returned to WMBD and met her husband to be, Angelo. Marjorie sang with her husband Angelo's band. They took their show on the road playing at nightclubs and USO dance halls during the war all across the Midwest and the Northeast. The two went on to be married for 56 years.
Margie loved all sports, but especially her Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and the Chicago Bulls win or lose she was their loyal fan. She had an amazing sense of humor, wit, and style, her family is grateful to have had her with them for 86 years. Aside from all the adventures of her youth she always said her proudest achievements were her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved them with all her heart and soul. Margie and her beautiful smile will be sorely missed by all of us that had the pleasure of knowing her.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00am Friday July 13, 2012 at Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills Chapel. Visitation will be from one prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association. Online condolences at www.masonfuneralhomes.com
Born: September 22, 1926
Death: July 9, 2012