Suzanne Aroian (Khatchadourian) of Newmarket, NH, formally of, Peabody, MA., passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on November 11, 2019. Born on February 9, 1931 in France, she was one of ten children of the late Garabed and Alice Khatchadourian.
All of her family and friends will remember her for her immensely kind and loving nature. When someone met Suzanne, they were instantly made to feel welcome and accepted, as if they had known her forever. She was a proud Armenian woman who grew up in France but immigrated to the United states in her late teens when she met her very loving late husband of 45 years, Nishan Aroian. Fluent in three languages (Armenian, French and English), Suzanne’s family fondly remembers her singing French songs in the kitchen while cooking some of her well-known Armenian dishes of rice pilaf, choereg, dolmas and baklava. And, if anyone ever stopped by to visit, they were never allowed to leave without a container of leftovers and cookies.
Suzanne was quick to laugh and loved being a mother and grandmother. In fact, her family would argue that she was the best mother and grandmother out there, often times being seen as an “adopted” mother or grandmother to many friends she made throughout her life. In 2005, she retired from the City of Peabody as a school bus monitor after more than 10 years. Suzanne was a favorite of the children due to her French accent and insistence that her coffee was actually from “Dunky Donuts” and not “Dunkin Donuts”.
Suzanne is survived by her son, Robert Aroian and his wife Debbie of Massachusetts and three daughters, Alice Burnham and husband Donald of Florida, Sorine Aroian-Evans of NH and Sonia Aroian of NH. She also leaves behind several loving brothers and sisters in Grenoble, France.
Her eight grandchildren, Marc Burnham of Oregon, Alyssa Moura of Florida, Justin Burnham of Washington, Zachary Burnham of Florida, Jennifer Descheneau of New Hampshire, Kyle Aroian of Massachusetts, Jenell Griffin-Seale of Massachusetts, and Jessica Griffin of Maine will always cherish every second shared with her and help her live on with their loving memories.
Suzanne spent the last 5 years of her life gracefully battling dementia, never losing her smile and sweet nature. She was lovingly cared for around the clock by her daughter Sonia, which her entire family will be forever grateful for.
Services honoring Suzanne will be held at Mackey Funeral home, 128 S. Main Street, Middleton, MA., from 10:00 am to 12:00. Private graveside burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Peabody, MA.
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