“Mania” (Germagian) Belanger, 87, of Milford, passed away on Monday February 11th, 2019
at Beaumont Nursing Home in Northbridge MA after a long battle with
Alzheimer's. She passed peacefully with her beloved children at her side. In
the days leading up to her passing, family and friends surrounded her with love
and expressions of gratitude for the many special memories she would leave
behind. The nursing and hospice staff provided Mary with love,
friendship, compassion throughout her time at the nursing home and warmly
responded to her end of life needs.
Born in Newton, MA and raised at the Prospect Heights of Milford,
MA. Mary was the daughter of the late Rose and Haratoun “Harry” Germagian, both
Armenian immigrants who raised a loving family of seven children. She was
self-described as a happy child and loved her parents dearly, for whom she
cared for with her sisters, until their passing. She is predeceased by both
parents and her brothers and sisters, with exception of one brother. Mary
graduated from Milford High School in 1949 and shortly after married Matthew
Chiccarelli also of Milford and started a family of two children before his
untimely death at 27 years old. Mary later remarried and is predeceased by her
husband Edmund Belanger of Uxbridge and her step-son Mickey Belanger also of
Uxbridge. She worked for years at the Economy Dry Cleaners and retired from
Data General. She spent her life devoted to her family and faith. She enjoyed
cooking and baking, especially for others. She took great joy in caring for her
grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was referred to by so many as
“Gram” even to those who were not her grandchildren. Mary was well known for
her beautiful smile and kind spirit. She was accepting of others, generous,
forgiving and most affectionate. Our family feels her loss deeply, but without
regret because of all the wonderful memories our mother, grandmother, sister,
aunt, and friend gave to us over her lifetime of love, compassion and devotion.
Mary is survived by her loving children, Angela Chiccarelli Carter
of Northbridge and Robert Chiccarelli and his wife Cathy Chiccarelli of North
Smithfield, RI; one brother Humphrey Germagian of Kingston, TN; and her living
legacy of 11 grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren, two great-great
grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February
23rd at Consigli-Ruggerio Funeral Home located at 46 Water St. Milford MA.
Calling hours are from 10 am -12 noon. A church service at Trinity Episcopal
Church in Milford will be held at 12:30 pm followed by a luncheon upstairs in
the fellowship hall. All are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the family will be accepting items at the
celebration of life services, to be donated to the “Peace Closet” at the
Beaumont Nursing Home of Northbridge. The “Peace Closet” provides purposeful
items that offer comfort and care to end of life residents at the nursing home.
Suggested items include but not limited to bed sheets sets (twin) that are made
of calming and soothing patterns and fabric, soft light weight blankets,
calming scented lotions and powders, neck pillows, women’s night gowns, and
men’s pajamas. A box will be provided for you to leave items and the family
will bring them to the nursing home in honor of “Gram” Mary Belanger.