Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sonia (Gelenian) Buchaklian

Sonia Buchaklian, age 76, passed away  on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Sonia was born in Racine on August 30, 1936, daughter of the late Eghia and Siranoosh (nee: Hartunian) Gelenian.

She was a proud graduate of UW-Milwaukee. On May 18, 1963, Sonia was united in marriage to the love of her life, Sarkis Buchaklian, and since then shared fifty beautiful years together.  She was a dedicated member of St. Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church and the ladies auxiliary. An excellent cook, Sonia will be forever remembered as one of the editors of the church cookbook that was full of authentic Armenian recipes and stories from the Charter Mothers. Sonia’s greatest passion was for her family, especially her grandchildren, whom she adored.  She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, Sarkis; children, Peter (Brenda) Buchaklian, Catherine (Mark) Litton, John (Melanie) Buchaklian; eight grandchildren, Coral, Sarkis, Kevork, Aram, Arev, Siroun, Haig and Nicolas Nishan; sister, Mary (Berj) Djibilian; brother-in-law,  sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.   In addition to her parents, Sonia was preceded in death by her daughter, Ani Lucine; and three brothers, Harry, Augie and Milton.

Funeral services will be held at St. Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church, 4100 Newman Rd., on Monday April 8, 2013, at 10 a.m., with Rev Daron Stepanian officiating.  Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Sunday at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until 5  p.m. (4 p.m. prayer service).  Memorials to St. Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church, 4100 Newman Rd., Racine, WI 53406 have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and his staff and to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Hospice for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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