In Memoriam: Rose Asadoorian

WORCESTER, Mass.—Rose (Der Kazarian) Asadoorian of Paxton passed away peacefully at UMass Memorial Hospital on Monday Mon., Feb. 8, surrounded by her loving family. She was the devoted wife of Malcolm Oscar Asadoorian II and son of the late Oscar and Virginia Asadoorian of Worcester.

She is survived by her family: her two sons, Dr. Malcolm Oscar Asadoorian III and Ara Asadoorian and his wife Jana; her sisters Alma Der Kazarian and the late Marian Der Kazarian; her two brothers, Charles K. Der Kazarian and Peter Der Kazarian; her sister in-law Pamela Der Kazarian, wife of Peter; her niece, Sherri Der Kazarian; her nephew Bryan Der Kazarian and wife Nanci, along with their two children Emilee and Alissa. She also leaves a brother-in-law Richard Oscar Asadoorian, Esq., and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins throughout America and Armenia.

Rose was born in Worcester, the daughter of the late Marion (Der Harootunian) Der Kazarian and Charles Der Kazarian of Ashodavan and Kharpert, respectively.

Rose graduated from the New Woodland Prepatory School and South High School in Worcester, and the Butera School of Art in Boston. Upon graduation from Butera, she worked as a design engineer for the David Clark Corporation of Worcester working on the NASA space exploration program. Since 1988, Rose was a beloved teacher at Wachusett Regional High School and leaves many students, colleagues, and dear friends there.

Rose was a member of the Armenian Church of Our Saviour. She was actively involved in several organizations and served as chairperson of the Women’s Guild. Rose, along with her husband Malcolm, were advisors of the Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) and were awarded the ACYOA “Paregam” (Friendship) Award in 1992 in appreciation of their friendship to and support of the Armenian youth. Rose was also a member and past Matron of the Daughters of Vartan and a member of the Paxton Women’s Club. She was an ongoing member and supporter of Armenian and non-Armenian related organizations and efforts.

Rose was a loving and devoted individual who always placed the needs of others before her own. She had a passion for art, fashion, travel, gardening, the beach, and spending as much time with her family as possible.

The funeral service was held on Fri., Feb. 12 at the Armenian Church of Our Saviour.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Armenian Church of Our Saviour, 87 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. For directions and online condolence book please visit

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