From Ron Marderosian:
Dear friends, comrades, and those who loved Armena,
I am sorry to tell you that my beautiful wife of 41 years, Armena Marderosian, died yesterday in the late afternoon. Her last day was peaceful and pain free; she listened to Brahms’ Hayden variations played by her favorite pianist, Murray Perahia.
Sometime in the near future we will have a memorial for her in Ann Arbor and another near Philadelphia.
As you can imagine, I, Sevan, and Anoush are devastated, but we have the most beautiful memories of our years together. Armena was an extraordinary person, a sovereign woman, as one of my best friends said, who walked her own path, had no enemies in this world, and was loved by hundreds of people around the world. She was a masterful teacher, the organizer of the Suni Project, whose work will go on.
Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, the food that people brought, the letters, cards, and emails that you wrote.
We think that in lieu of flowers, Armena would have most liked people to contribute to the Suni Project, which will continue with her family carrying it on.
Yours in sadness and in memory of a beautiful life,