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SALEM, NH - Rose Q. Azarian, 84, of Salem, N.H., died peacefully on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in the High Pointe Hospice House, Haverhill, Mass. She was born in Chicago, Ill., a daughter of the late Sarkis and Nazley (Kanderian) Ohanian.
Rose was raised in Lawrence, Mass., where she made lifelong friendships at the Hood Elementary School and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1951. She was employed as a hairdresser in high school until her marriage in 1953 to Arthur Azarian of Salem, N.H. She was a resident of Salem for 65 years and enjoyed raising her family and later working alongside her husband in the office at the Diamond Dairy Farms, Inc. After Arthur became ill she found work with the Rage family at Charles Rage Jewelers selling fine jewelry until her retirement in 2013.
Rose was a faithful member of the Holy Cross Armenian Church and later the Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe and served in the Women's Guild.
She is survived by her children, Nancy Sahagian and her husband Scott of Lynnfield, Peter Azarian and his wife Tracy of Goffstown, N.H., and Jack Azarian and his wife Janice of Salem, N.H.; by her grandchildren Brian, Michael, Jennifer, Ariel and Mark Azarian and Evan and Peter Sahagian; and by her loving niece Maria Marcotte and her husband, Dennis of Plaistow, NH. She also leaves many dear friends and extended family members. She was predeceased by her husband Arthur P. Azarian in 1998, by her brother, Michael Ohanian in 2006 and her sister, Esther Bellanti in 2014.
On behalf of Rose, her family expresses its gratitude to the many individuals at the Dana-Farber Cancer Center, Holy Family Hospital and High Pointe Hospice who cared for her with extraordinary kindness and compassion.
Visiting hours will be held Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, 1280 Boston Rd., Haverhill with the interment to follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, 329 Main St., Salem. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Armenian Church at Hye Pointe Building Fund. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.
Published on March 8, 2018
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