Vahan "Vi" Berberian
March 09, 1924 - June 28, 2021
Obituary For Vahan "Vi" Berberian
Berberian, Vahan “Vi” passed away peacefully at home on June 28, 2021, in Winchester, Massachusetts at the age of 97.
Born March 9, 1924, Vahan was the son of Khachadur and Sahaganush Berberian, brother to the late Anne Ohanian and the late Nishan Berberian. He was raised in Arlington. In 1950, Vahan married Beverly Hagopian and they remained lovingly married for 70+ years.
Fiercely independent to the end, his life was the living embodiment of his favorite song, Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” Drafted into WWII at 19 years old, he requested a transfer to a combat unit. With the “Fighting Tigers” 10th Armored Division, he fought in numerous battles including The Battle of the Bulge. Twice injured in combat, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
After the war, he went to work at the family grocery store, Warren Street Market in Arlington with his late father and late brother. With an obsession for quality and service, they successfully grew the business to become a mainstay for East Arlington residents for many years to come. An avid golfer, Vi was a proud member of Oakley Country Club for over 30 years.
Vahan is survived by his wife Beverly, children Susan O’Dell of Lowell, Janet Flanagan and her husband Brian Flanagan of Chatham, Mark Berberian and his wife, Roberta Berberian of Lexington and Vikki Berberian of Arlington. He was also proud of his four grandchildren - Patrick Flanagan, Kelly Flanagan, Max Berberian and Lily Berberian.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home at 761 Mt. Auburn St., WATERTOWN on Tuesday July 6th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 am in Saint Stephen’s Armenian Church, 38 Elton Ave., Watertown. Interment to follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Stephen’s Armenian Church or the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave Boston, MA 02215 or dana-farber.org. Please visit devitofuneralhome.com to view an online guestbook.
761 Mt. Auburn St.
Watertown, MA 02472
38 Elton Ave.
Watertown, MA 02472
70 Medford St.
Arlington, MA 02474
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