AUBURN, Mass. - Sonia (Avakian) Sahagian, 82, of Auburn, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at the UMass Medical Center, University Campus, in Worcester after an extended illness.
She is survived by her three devoted children, Anthony G. Sahagian and his wife Faye of Bolton, Susan Piligian and her husband Stepan of Westford, and Shellie Lovallo and her husband William of Belmont; five grandchildren, Kristin and Kellie Sahagian, Andrew and Lauren Piligian, and Sarah Lovallo; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Antranig "Tony" Sahagian, who died last May, her brother Michael Avakian, and her sisters Lillian Hamparian and Susan Sarkesian.
Sonia was born in Chicago, the daughter of Michael and Seranoush (Tosoonian) Avakian. She was educated in Chicago schools and lived there for many years, working in advertising before marrying Tony and moving to Massachusetts.
Sonia was a strong woman who was proud of her Armenian heritage. She was an ardent supporter of many Armenian causes, including the Armenian Heritage Park in Boston, the Armenian Milk Fund, the Armenian Assembly, and the Armenian Apostolic Church, to which she was a lifelong member.
She was a member of the Armenian Relief Society, the Worcester Foundation Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star (Pakachoag Chapter), the Worcester Historical Society, and the Auburn Women's Club; she was also a charter member of the Armenian Renaissance Association and served on their National Executive Council. She volunteered at Hahnemann Hospital in Worcester for several years.
Sonia enjoyed extensive world travel with Tony and made many new friends along the way. A kind-hearted and generous woman, Sonia was known for her sharp wit, keen sense of humor and her engaging personality. Above all, Sonia was a devoted and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. She was lovingly dubbed, "The Queen," by her husband many years ago and remains so in our hearts; she was fondly referred to as, "Mrs. T," by her caregivers.
In accordance with Sonia's wishes, funeral and burial services were held privately on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Armenian Church of the Holy Translators in Framingham.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making memorial contributions to charities and organizations that you hold dear. Additionally, to honor Sonia, enjoy a piece of chocolate, do something kind for someone, tell a joke, and be sure to laugh, because "without laughter, life would be a bore."
Arrangements are under the care of Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central Street, Auburn. To share a memory or to offer a condolence in Sonia's Book of Memories, visit brittonfuneralhomes.com