Rose V. Pashaian, longtime resident of Monroe, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Monday evening, she was 95 years old. Rose was born in 1925 in Detroit to Janig and Noemi Simigian, survivors of the Armenian genocide.
Rose loved to reminisce, telling her family stories of growing up being the oldest child of four. She took great pride in her earliest occupations as means to help support her parents and younger siblings. During World War II, Rose worked for the US government; Army and Air Force Central Procurement and later for the Department of Agriculture. When the war was over, Detroit celebrated by filling the air with papers being thrown from the top of skyscrapers; a vivid memory she loved to share. Rose also worked at Hotel Fort Shelby as the assistant catering manager.
Rose was committed to live a meaningful and inspirational life. Of her many achievements, her greatest contribution to the world were her loving children, Peggy, Gary and John. She and her beloved husband Sark were proud parents that provided a loving home for their children and generous host for their friends; always ready to serve the most delicious food. Most importantly she felt tremendous joy watching them emerge into their own lives as kind and accomplished individuals. Rose treasured her friends and family, often writing thoughtful and loving letters which were received as delightful gifts to us all.
Mrs. Pashaian lived a long successful and colorful life filled with accomplishments and contributions to our community. During her tenure as president of The Thrift Shop, Rose was instrumental in purchasing the present and prominent location on Monroe Street in the business district in the City of Monroe. Other notable positions include president of The Monroe Women’s Club, Life Member of The Sawyer Homestead, member of The General Federation of Women’s Clubs- Monroe, the women’s wing of the Junior Chamber of Commerce; the Jayettes and member of the Crippled Children’s Organization.
Rose felt a great sense of gratification and satisfaction for the 15 years she spent as the accountant for Monroe Environmental Corporation. Her fine attention to detail was clearly illustrated as she would recall the challenges of leading the company through a successful government audit. Her work ethic, duty to be productive and thrive in life is one of the greatest lessons her family lovingly carry.
Rose valued every day of her life and found great importance in every moment to live a rich meaningful life. She was an avid reader, passionate gardener and magical cook. She was a force to be reckoned with during Bridge and Scrabble. Among all of her many hobbies, most notably, Rose was a gifted artist and master of oil painting, Chinese brush and acrylics.
Rose married her childhood sweetheart, Sarkis Pashaian on May 25, 1946 and spent fifty-nine loving years together as well as members of St. John’s Armenian Church. Sarkis passed away in 2005. Rose is survived by children Peggy (Robert) Yazejian, Gary (Shelby) Pashaian and John Pashaian. Also survived by her brother Minas (Christine) Simigian and Virginia (Edward) Sarkisian. Grandchildren include Meg (Zach) Cantalini, Emily (Jamie) Grant, Greg Yazejian, Laura Pashaian, Adam Pashaian, Angela Pashaian and Kayla (Tim) Foster; six great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation is set for Friday, October 16, 1:30-2:00 PM with service from 2:00-2:30 PM at Rupp Funeral Home, 2345 South Custer Rd, Monroe, MI 48161. Family to arrive earlier at 1:00 PM on Friday.
Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gleaners Community Food Bank of SE Michigan.
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