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In Memory of

Mildred Arslanian

July 27, 1916 - June 12, 2013

Obituary


Mildred (Millie) Arslanian, 96, passed away peacefully at home with her family in Northampton, MA on June 12th. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Sharon Arslanian, her granddaughter and her husband, Malaina and Ryan Hollister, her two grandsons, Mikhail and Miles Arslanian and her two great-grandchildren, Keagan and Madelynn Rose Hollister. She also leaves her much-loved nieces and nephews and their children. Millie was pre-deceased by her husband of 53 years, Philip, her sister Beatrice Piligian, and her brother, Harry Harotian.



Mildred was a first generation...

Mildred (Millie) Arslanian, 96, passed away peacefully at home with her family in Northampton, MA on June 12th. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Sharon Arslanian, her granddaughter and her husband, Malaina and Ryan Hollister, her two grandsons, Mikhail and Miles Arslanian and her two great-grandchildren, Keagan and Madelynn Rose Hollister. She also leaves her much-loved nieces and nephews and their children. Millie was pre-deceased by her husband of 53 years, Philip, her sister Beatrice Piligian, and her brother, Harry Harotian.



Mildred was a first generation American, born in Hartford, CT. on July 27 1916 to Armenian parents, Takvor and Nevart Harotian. She grew up primarily in New Britain, CT and graduated from New Britain High School. Mildred received many years of piano and voice training and later sang semi-professionally at various church and community events, accompanied by her brother Harry on violin. As an adult she sang in choruses and church choirs, including the choir at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Barnstable. She never lost her voice, but had to retire from the choir due to failing eyesight.



She met her husband Phil at one of the many dances sponsored by the Armenian community. Phil served in the Army Air Core during WWII and they met again after the war and were married in 1946. Remaining in the Air Force, and then Civil Service, after the war, they were stationed at various bases during the next 30 years. They lived on or near bases in Tampa FL, Ludlow, MA, Okinawa, Marysville, CA and Rome, NY. Mildred always found work as a secretary on the bases where Phil was stationed.



Phil had been a POW for nearly 4 years in the Philippines and Japan during the war, and following that life-altering experience both of them were active for over 50 years in the organization known as the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. They traveled each year to attend the annual convention. Due to her beautiful mezzo-soprano voice, Mildred was always asked to sing the song "My Buddy" at the formal tribute ceremony held at each convention.



Adventurous by nature, they also travelled together to Italy, Germany (including East Berlin), the Caribbean, and the Philippines. Mildred loved the ocean, and she and Phil retired to Hyannis in 1980. Mildred's main source of enjoyment in life was spending time with her extended family, and attending the holiday and family celebrations that brought them together. She was active in Armenian community events, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, and was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international women's service organization.



Calling hours will be held from 5-7 pm on Friday, June 21, 2013 at Doane, Beal and Ames Funeral home at 160 West Main St, Hyannis, MA. The funeral service will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Barnstable, 3055 Main Street, on Saturday at 11 AM.

Donations in Mildred's memory may be made to The VNA and Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, PO Box 329, Northampton, MA 01061-9935 or to Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 3055 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630.