Lydia (Sunukjian) Blankenship

  • Born: June 17, 1938
  • Died: January 4, 2017
  • Location: Carnegie, Pennsylvania

William Slater II Funeral Service

1650 Greentree Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Tel. (412) 563-2800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Longtime resident of Carnegie, passed away on January 4, 2017, at St. Clair Hospital following several years of continuous, loving care by her beloved husband, Bill. Born in Troy, NY on June 17, 1938, to the late Peter and Alice Sunukjian, she graduated from Troy High School and attended Albany Business College. Many of Lydia's happiest memories were of her teenage summers spent as a lifeguard and giving water safety lessons to campers of the Methodist Farm summer community on Crooked Lake in Averill Park, NY. In 1960, she married William P. Blankenship, an engineer with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and moved to Pittsburgh. There, she enjoyed a long professional career as a senior secretary with IBM Corporation, and made many lifelong friends. An avid bridge player, she also was active in the Red Hat Society (Red Hatters) and the Carnegie Lifespan Senior Center. Lydia is survived by her husband, William, of 56 years; sister, Joan Bramfitt (Bruce); brother, John Sunukjian (Margie); brothers-in-law, Dr. David Blankenship (Cathy) and James Blankenship (Jane). She was a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Armenian Missionary Association or to the local Food Bank of one's choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Bill, we were saddened to learn of Lydia's passing.
We will remember her fondly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by BONNIE & NEIL MARCUSON - LONGBOAT KEY, FL   January 11, 2017


I was saddened to read about Lydia passing away. She was such a lovely and considerate person to work for. I wanted to express my condolences to you, Bill. I will always remember her famous egg salad sandwiches that she made me for lunch.

Take care of yourself, Bill

With fondness,


Posted by A friend   January 10, 2017

Bill, please accept our condolences. I enjoyed working with Lydia and she was liked and respected by all. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Don & Priscilla Durlak    January 09, 2017

I will never forget the good times we had at Methodist Farm . We always looked forward for summer and had a ball and you were so active, helpful and friendly towards all the campers and willing to help if needed. I will never forget you and when I think of you, you put a smile on my face. God Bless

Posted by Rose Topian - Troy, NY - Family   January 09, 2017

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Lydia. It was an honor to have known and worked worked with her. I will truly miss her and her wonderful smile. May God comfort her family and friends during this very difficult time.

Posted by Marty Rombach - Cranberry Twp, PA   January 09, 2017

Bill, so very sorry to hear of Lydia's passing. I was also a secretary at IBM over 25 years ago and can truly say she was loved and admired by all who came in contact with her. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Lois Tarbert - Bethel Park, PA   January 08, 2017

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Lydia at IBM in Pittsburgh. She was always friendly, pleasant, and helpful to everyone. She will be sadly missed. Rest in peace, dear Lydia.

Sincerely, Elaine (Pelino) Brown

Posted by Elaine Brown - State College, PA   January 08, 2017

I worked with Lydia over 30 years ago at IBM in the Pittsburgh office. She did a wonderful job at work and was a really nice person. Rest In Peace, Lydia.

Posted by Kathy Pavlik - Chapel Hill, NC   January 08, 2017

Thank you for your years of friendship while I worked at IBM
Rest in peace.
Ed Campeau

Posted by A friend   January 08, 2017