Verna Marion Siroonian
May 30, 1920 - February 5, 2017
It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of our wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend. But it is with great joy that we remember her sweetness and love.
On February 5, 2017, Verna left us at the age of 96 years old while surrounded by her loved ones. She now joins her loving husband Heran; her sisters Ann, Rose, Vickie, Olga, Sonia, Florence, Gerry; her brother George and step-sister Lucy; and step-brother Danny.
Verna was born on May 30, 1920 to Sophie and Aaron Casabian. Aaron was the first Free Mason in Los Angeles. When both her parents passed, Verna and her youngest sister Gerry were cared for and educated by the Masonic Home in Covina, CA.
Verna always had a love of music. She once won a singing contest in high school and was awarded a two pound box of chocolates. She could never get enough chocolate after that.
Verna met the love of her life, Heran, at a cousin's wedding. It was love at first sight. After one year of courtship, the couple eloped to Ketchikan, Alaska. They were married in a civil ceremony on June 28, 1940. The newlyweds first purchase was a large sack of flour they used to make the pancakes they ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for weeks.
Soon the war broke out and the couple felt they needed to leave Alaska. They returned to California and settled in a one bedroom apartment over a garage. Their baby daughter Linda arrived shortly thereafter and the family moved to a home in Downey. Then came their son Charles, and then daughter Marie.
Verna's love of music carried into her new family. They had many wonderful days making music as Verna sang, accompanied by Heran on clarinet, Linda on accordion, Charles on drums, and Marie on guitar. The family also had many fun days together traveling. Every summer they piled into their Ford station wagon with a travel trailer behind and went from one end of the country to the other.
Although Verna's hands were full with raising three children, she always found time to volunteer at a local hospital and at her favorite flower arrangement class. The family moved to a home in Fullerton that always looked magical with the loveliest flowers inside and out. Verna's garden was her treasure.
As the children began to leave the nest, Heran and Verna traveled the world like honeymooners. Their travels took them from Europe to Australia, Hawaii to Tokyo, and everywhere in between. Heran was never happier than when he had his beautiful Verna on his arm. He would say to everyone they met: "Doesn't she get prettier every day," and of course she did. Verna always looked amazing, and did not miss a single weekly hair or nail appointment until just a week before her passing.
"Beauty Within And Beauty Without," that's our Verna.
Sadly, Verna's only sweetheart for 62 years passed on January 1, 2002. She was heartbroken but carried on just as strong and beautiful as ever providing a shining example for the rest of her family.
Verna is survived by: her daughter Linda Mandel, Linda's son Richard and his wife Yvette, and their children Michael, Jordan, and Alexandra; her son Charles and his wife Deborah, their son Jamie, and Charles's eldest son Aaron and his wife Irene, and their children Breanna and Armen; and her daughter Marie Siroonian who continues to pursue a career in music.
A memorial service will be held on: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, CA 90601.
Published in Orange County Register on Feb. 10, 2017