Rose Simonian

Obituary for Rose Simonian

July 13, 2016
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts


What a lovely thing a Rose is.

Rose (Kustigian) Simonian, a resident of Whitney Place in Northborough, formerly of Shrewsbury, died peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. She was 91.

Born on May 20, 1925 in Worcester she was a daughter of Armenian immigrants John and Lucy (Avakian) Kustigian. Raised and educated in Worcester she was a graduate of the former Commerce High School and earned a certificate from the former Felt & Tarrant Comptometer School. She worked as a bookkeeper for Warren Leather Goods and for many years at Lundgren & Jonaitis Dairy in Shrewsbury before retiring.

She married John Simonian on April 18, 1948 in the Armenian Church of Our Saviour and was married for 22 years until his unexpected death on August 7, 1970.

Rose loved her family and the time she spent with her grandchildren. She was proud of her Armenian heritage and loved listening and dancing to Armenian traditional music. Rose was a fantastic cook and maintained all the good Armenian recipes. She loved trips to the beach on Cape Cod with Sam, Eileen and Eric in addition to Mel & Bob.

A longtime resident of Shrewsbury she moved to Whitney Place Assisted Living in Northborough six years ago. Life at Whitney Place brought new friendships with staff and residents and daily games of bingo and poker. She will be very much missed.

In addition to her husband, John she is predeceased by her siblings, George Kustigian and Ann Surabian.

A mother holds her children's hands for a while…but their hearts forever. She leaves her two sons, Sam Simonian and his wife, Eileen of Holliston and Ron Simonian and his wife, Catherine of Shrewsbury; her grandchildren, Eric Simonian and his wife, Amanda, Alan and his wife, Nicole and Jeffrey Simonian. Rose is survived by her sister Mel and husband Bob Shemeligian of Worcester, and by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Rose's life by gathering on Saturday morning, July 16th at The Armenian Church of Our Saviour, 87 Salisbury Street, Worcester where her Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Fr. Aved Terzian will officiate. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury. At Rose's request there are no public calling hours.

The family is sincerely appreciative and grateful to the staff of the 3rd floor at Whitney Place Assisted Living, Salmon Hospice and 3rd floor staff of Beaumont Rehabilitation & Nursing Center for the wonderful care extended to Rose.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Rose's name may be made to The Armenian Church of Our Saviour, 87 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.


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