OBIT TillieMarieMarkarian

Resident of Los Altos Jan 11, 1925 – Mar 6, 2017

Tillie M. Markarian, 92 of Los Altos, CA passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Monday March 6, 2017. She was the widow of Armen Markarian who died May 10, 2008 at age 85.

Born in Old Forge, PA, Tillie was the daughter of Alex and Mary Wansack. She worked for over 30 years at the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services. She was well liked by her coworkers and was known to organize many birthday celebrations and wrote and sung original birthday songs. She was a member of Nativity of the Virgin Russian Orthodox Church, in Menlo Park, CA.

Surviving are a son James, an engineer in Sunnyvale, CA, daughter Maria, a cardiologist in Kailua, HI, daughter Natalie Wieand, an optometrist in Cary, NC, and brother-in-law Anthony Markarian, a retired orthopedic surgeon. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers - Samuel and Michael, and 5 sisters - Olga, Theresa, Alice, Anna and Sophie. She loved to cook and made many wonderful traditional Russian dishes. She enjoyed serving others and always thought of others before herself.

Tillie will reside at the Serbian Cemetery, 1801 Hillside Blvd, Colma, CA 94014. Please send condolences through

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