NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

June 18, 2013

Sonya R. Marashlian


Newburyport, MA — Sonya R. Marashlian (Nazarian), beloved wife of the Reverend Aram T. Marashlian, died peacefully on April 12, 2013, at the Vitas Hospice Facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. She leaves behind her daughter, Julie Preston, and her grandchildren, Rachel and Charles Preston. Her siblings include Lillian DePasquale and her husband, Michael, and Nancy Reed and her husband, Mickey and daughter, Autumn Nazarian, and Charles L. Nazarian. Sonya leaves behind aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, and many friends.

Sonya graduated from Framingham State Teachers’ College in 1960, with a bachelor of science degree in education, certified to teach in grades K-12. A week after her graduation, she and Aram were married. Sonya went on to obtain her masters degree in art education from the Massachusetts College of Art. She taught art at the Hajjar School for many years. Her teaching career spanned 35 years. She was loved by all.

Sonya Marashlian was active in the City of Newburyport until two and half years ago, when she was diagnosed with dementia.

She and Mr. Christopher Snow, with the help of the Committee for an Open Waterfront, were instrumental in putting a stop to Mr. Roger Foster’s plans to build on the waterfront. The judge stated that the abutters, like them, had the rights to dispute the actions of Mr. Foster. To this day, there are people who want to build on the waterfront rather than keeping it open and keeping the parking spaces that are sorely needed in the City of Newburyport.

At another time, Mrs. Marashlian also ran for city council, but lost the election to Christopher Sullivan. Sonya loved the people of Newburyport and enjoyed living here.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 22, at 1 p.m., at the Armenian Memorial Church, 32 Bigelow Ave., Watertown. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations in memory of Sonya to the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA) Scholarship Fund, 42 Adams Road, Framingham, MA 01702-2456, or to MassArt Annual Fund (supports student scholarship aid), 621 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115, or to The Armenian Memorial Church, 32 Bigelow Ave., Watertown, MA 02472.