Alice (Santoian) Ovian

Born: Fri., Mar. 29, 1935
Died: Sat., Apr. 30, 2016


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., May 04, 2016
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Thu., May 05, 2016
Location: Soorp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Apostolic Church

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Whitinsville- Alice (Santoian) Ovian, 81, previously of Jon Circle passed away on Sat. April 30, 2016 at St. Camillus Health Ctr. after a brief illness.  Her husband of 45 years, Edward Ovian died in 2006.  She is survived by her son Edward L. Ovian and his wife Wendy of Ravena, OH, her daughter Carrie L. Smith and her husband Ross of Douglas; 5 grandchildren Shelby, Cole, and Sarah Ovian and Justin and Nathan Smith.  Born in Worcester, MA on March 29, 1935 she was the daughter of Azarig and Sarah (Bedrosian) Santoian and lived in Worcester until getting married and starting her family in Whitinsville.
     Alice was a graduate of Commerce High School in Worcester and went on to the Boston Conservatory of Music.  She worked as a typist in the Classified Ad. Dept. for the Worcester Telegram and later as a sales clerk for the former Fair Dept. Store in Whitinsville.  
     She enjoyed playing cards and word puzzles.  Family was of the utmost importance to her and she enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and anyone who walked through the door.  She was an avid Red Sox fan.  Alice was a member of the Soorp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Apostolic Church and was a member of their Ladies Guild.  She will be sadly missed by all who came to know her.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Camillus for their love and kindness shown to Alice and for giving their mother a wonderful year.    
     Her funeral will be held on Thurs. May 5 from Jackman Funeral Home, 12 Spring St., Whitinsville with a Mass at 10 a.m. in the Soorp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church, 315 Church St., Whitinsville.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home will be held on Wed. May 4 from 4 – 7 p.m.  To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit

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Ken Burgess
   Posted Mon May 02, 2016
Alice and Ed Ovian were two of the most wonderful and warm hearted people I have ever met.

It was my good fortune to be exposed to their kindness, and be welcomed into their home.

Whether it was offering some recently made pie, cake, or Armenian dish (Kheyma?) I had never tried before, Alice was always trying to make sure any guest in her home was taken care of.

It is only many years later, with kids of my own, and knowing the disruption having ( a few) kids in addition to my own running around the house and raiding the fridge is, can I reflect back and truly appreciate how special and caring Alice truly was.

After a dozen years of traveling the world 'in service to my country' I finally returned home, to the states for good; I went to see grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles... but it wasn't until I finally made a stop in to see the Ovians that I felt I had truly been to see everyone in my family.

And despite everything, the years, the minor change in appearance, mode of travel, and slightly more eccentric personality. I was welcomed back in, and offered a snack, and at that moment, it really didn't seem like I had been gone that long at all.

My sincerest condolences to Ed, Carrie, and their familes and friends.

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