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NORTH ANDOVER - Michael Annaian, 86, passed away peacefully, Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Mary Immaculate Nursing Home, in Lawrence, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Beloved son of the late Eghia and Mary (DerMelkonian) Annaian, he was born in Lawrence, on October 26, 1931.
A strong and gentle man, Michael enjoyed taking care of his lawn in the summer, picking all the twigs, as well cleaning all the debris in the spring, raking leaves in the fall, and clearing snow in the winter. He had great determination to complete each job perfectly. Most of all, Michael loved to try to perfect the art of horse racing at Rockingham Park, and tried to beat the slots at Foxwoods. He was always ready for the challenge.
After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Michael worked at Western Electric as a technical supervisor. He later graduated from LaBarron Hairdressing School, where he met Maria, fell in love, and married on January 26, 1986. In his later years, he worked at Smith and Nephew from which he retired to enjoy his family and help his wife in her ceramic shop.
He is predeceased by his brother-in-law, Khatcher Afarian; and nephew, Peter Afarian.
Michael will be sadly missed by his wife of 32 years, Maria ( Napolitano) Annaian, of North Andover; stepdaughters, Agata Fosman, of N.H., and Ann Maria DiMarca, of North Andover; grandchildren, Natalia, Anthony, Nicholas, and Dominic; sisters, Elizabeth Kochakian, and her husband, Charles, of Andover, Mary Ann Afarian, of Andover; brother, John Annaian, and his wife, Sirvart, of Norwood; brother, Edward Annaian, and his wife, Janet, of Andover; brother-in-law, Vito, and his wife, Donna, of North Andover; brother-in-law, Enrico Napolitano, of Maine; sister-in-law, Rita Nudd, and her husband, Jack, of N.H. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours Monday, February 12, 2018, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church, 158 Main St., North Andover. Burial will be at Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael's memory may be made to Mary Immaculate Nursing Home, 172 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA 01841, or to St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church, 158 Main St., North Andover, MA 01845. For directions, or to send condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.
Published on February 10, 2018
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