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Marguerite G. Odian, 90, worked for IRS; Feb. 28, 1921 -- Jan. 19, 2012

Marguerite G. Odian of Amherst, a former chief administrative assistant for the Internal Revenue Service's Buffalo office, died Thursday in Brothers of Mercy nursing home in Clarence. She was 90.

The former Marguerite Guercio was born in Buffalo and attended Grover Cleveland High School, graduating in 1939. While at Grover Cleveland, she was an accomplished concert violinist and served as concert master for the Buffalo Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. She also earned a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music.

Mrs. Odian worked in sales at the Edwards Department Store before the store closed in the late 1940s. She then worked as an administrative assistant at the Internal Revenue Service office in downtown Buffalo. She became the chief administrative assistant before retiring in 1965.

It was there that she met Bedros Odian, who was an IRS lawyer at the time.

"She was the first person he met in Buffalo, and he fell in love with her and they married," said Joseph D. Buscaglia, her nephew.

After a 1962 marriage, they spent 49 years together before Mr. Odian died in March.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.