Dec. 6, 1926 — April 30, 2023
Northborough – Agnes (Arslanian) Sagerian passed away on April 30, 2023 at the age of 96. Agnes was born in Worcester, MA. to Margos Arslanian and Ashken (Mossesian) Arslanian on December 6, 1926. Agnes was predeceased by her husband Mesack who passed away in 2020 after 70 years of marriage.
As a teen she cleaned homes to help her parents through the Great Depression. She spent summers working on her uncle and aunt’s farm in Pelham, NH where she learned her skills of gardening and canning which she would do for most of her life. She was a graduate of Commerce High School in Worcester and attended the class reunions every 5 years until they stopped having them. After high school she went to work for H.E. Shaw Company and became adept at bookkeeping, starting her on a career path to managing the books, computers and helping companies to become profitable. As a stay at home mom raising her children, Agnes was an active member of the community. She held Jimmy Fund carnivals in the back yard, campaigned for the American Cancer Society, was a coordinator for the Girls Scouts hiring troop leaders, and baked for school events. Agnes spent many years coordinating the Sunday School Program at the Armenian Church of Our Saviour and enjoyed making sure the children had a religious and historical education of the Armenian Church. When she returned to work, she worked for Marr Oil Company and retired from Worcester Envelope Company.
Agnes took pride in everything she did. She had an eye for design, her home always immaculate. She was an excellent cook specializing in Armenian food but was always clipping recipes and everything she created tasted great. She dyed her Easter eggs in the Armenian tradition by boiling them in onions skins and every Easter gathering included the egg cracking game and prizes. She loved getting together with family and playing cards, vacationing in FL, and taking trips. One memorable trip was with her siblings and their spouses, up and down the coast of California, topped off by a night at the Tonight Show with host Jay Leno having them come from the audience to the stage to take a picture with him as he was from Massachusetts too. She traveled to Hawaii many times with her husband for his work. She loved to travel with the Northborough Travelers and has albums full of photos from their trips. As a young working woman, she would arrange weekend bus trips for her friends and co-workers.
During retirement Agnes found great friends and activities to keep her busy at the Northborough Senior Center. She has been an active member for 35 years. Most enjoyable was volunteering at [email protected], exercise classes, when she was a member of the Red Hats and monthly birthday parties. She was on the committee that spent years to get the new senior center building approved by the town and when it opened in 2009, she was thrilled. Agnes worked for the Mass Association for the Blind as a Low Vision Group Coordinator at the Sr. Center, retiring at the age of 95. The family is very appreciative of the friends and staff that gave rides or arranged rides for Agnes over these last few years for events, shopping, and hair appointments. We thank you for your generosity.
Agnes is survived by her daughter Diane, her daughter Jean, her son Robert and his wife Jennifer and her two beloved and cherished grandsons, Andrew and Benjamin Sagerian who will all miss her dearly. She leaves her brother Seth Aslanian and his wife Mary Ann, her sister Rose Aslanian, her sister in laws Susan Arslanian and Sharon Aslanian, her brother in law Ara Sagerian and her sister in law Miriam Simone, 16 wonderful nieces and nephews, and her neighbors Debbie Greenwald and Andrea Pagano who she thought of as daughters. She was predeceased by her sister Pearl and brothers Arthur, George, John, and Paul.
A period of visitation will be held at the Armenian Church of Our Saviour located at 87 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA from 10:00 am – 11:00 am on Tuesday May 9, 2023 followed by a funeral service. Burial will follow at Howard Street Cemetery in Northborough, MA at 50 Howard Street in the Kizer Street section.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either of Agnes’ favorite places: Armenian Church of Our Saviour, 87 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609 or The FRIENDS of the Northborough Sr. Center, 119 Bearfoot Road. Northborough, MA 01532.
The Callahan Fay & Caswell Funeral Directors of Worcester assisted with arrangements.