Gertrude M. Ohannessian, 90, of Windsor, CT, and recently of Claremont, NH, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 8, 2022, surrounded by family. She was predeceased in 1996 by her husband First Sergeant Emil K. Ohannessian. Born in Moratneustetten, Germany, she was the fourth of five children (Hans, Georg, Elsa and Adolf) of her parents Friedrich and Lisetta (Kilian) Himmler.
After marrying her U.S. service member husband Emil in Germany, they lived and raised their family in several locations, including Kansas during his deployment to Vietnam and eventually settled in Poquonock, CT. Gertrude worked in the Poquonock School for several years and later at Travelers Insurance Company. She was a member of the Hartford Liederkranz.
By far, her greatest joy in life was being a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother; she was a wonderful homemaker. Gertrude was an independent woman who until recently took care of her house and yard work on her own and preferred to help other people rather than accept help. She was an excellent knitter, learning to knit in kindergarten and knitting right up to her passing.
She will be missed deeply by all who have known her, especially those who received her annual Christmas cookies or a pair of hand knit socks – may they continue to cherish those gifts and memories.
Gertrude is survived by her son Edward Ohannessian and his wife Cindy of Granby, CT; and daughter Sandra Chase and her husband David of Claremont, NH; her grandchildren Nicholas and his wife Emily, Emily and Ryan Ohannessian; Raquel Chase-Kelly and her husband John and their children Graham and Claire; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Burial will be held privately by the family at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC.
The Stringer Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
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