WORCESTER-Cynthia Mikitarian, 84, passed away Thursday, March 23 in St. Vincent Hospital.
She leaves her dear brother, Carnig Mikitarian and his wife, Jacqueline of Canton. Three siblings and their spouses predeceased her: Rose Krikorian and her husband Art, Margaret Derderian and her husband George, and Louis Mikitarian and his wife Elizabeth. She was born in Worcester, daughter of Kapriel and Mariam (Jamgochian) Mikitarian. She also leaves many nephews, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews – all who thought of Cynthia as their godmother or grandmother.
Cynthia graduated from Commerce High School and Girls Trade – where she became a hair stylist who was appreciated not only for her artistic talents, but also for the friendship and warmth she gave her clients. Anyone who knew Cynthia loved her. She cherished the friendships she easily made throughout her years. She was kind, gentle, giving and more concerned for others – traits she passed down to family and friends.
In addition to her passion for hair styling, Cynthia loved to knit and crochet, which is evident by the beautiful afghan treasures she gifted to many. She was also known for the Armenian food she prepared – particularly for church fundraisers. Her specialties were desserts and wedding cakes that rivaled even the best bakeries.
Cynthia was a faithful and dedicated member of her church. She taught Sunday school to generations of children. She was a member of the Worcester AYF “Aram” Chapter and the general chairman of its 1967 Armenian Olympics. She belonged to the Women’s Avaks group at Holy Trinity and served on many committees and boards over the years.
Cynthia also had a love for photography, which is evident by the multitude of photos she gave and left behind for family and friends to share and enjoy. Her pride in her family is shown through her photos from family weddings and other special occasions. Cindy’s refrigerator was always covered with the photos of “her” children.
Aunty Cindy was everyone’s favorite babysitter and always made it fun. She provided weekly daycare for seven years to two nieces – and cared for many children of relatives and friends over her many years. She touched the life of every family member and friend in a multitude of ways. Cynthia will be deeply missed and forever remembered.
A Visiting Hour will be held Tuesday, March 28 from 10-11am in the church sanctuary with A Funeral Service to follow at 11am in Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, 635 Grove St. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the church or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital c/o www.stjude.org. Arrangements in the care of Callahan Fay Caswell Life Celebration Home.