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Lydia (Sunukjian) Blankenship

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“Bill, we were saddened to learn of Lydia's passing.We will remember her fondly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: BONNIE & NEIL MARCUSON - FL

“Bill,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...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Bill, please accept our condolences. I enjoyed working with Lydia and she was liked and respected by all. May she rest in peace. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Don & Priscilla Durlak

“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...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Rose Topian - Troy, NY - Family

“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...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Marty Rombach - Cranberry Twp, PA

“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...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Lois Tarbert - Bethel Park, PA

“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...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Elaine Brown - State College, PA

“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,...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Kathy Pavlik - Chapel Hill, NC

“Thank you for your years of friendship while I worked at IBMRest in peace.Ed Campeau ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: A friend


BLANKENSHIP LYDIA (SUNUKJIAN)
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.