FLORENCE ARONIAN, nee Kirby, age 95

Written by Brust Funeral Home on September 19th, 2018

AronianFlorence Aronian, 95, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2018.

Florence was born in Rochester, N.Y. on June 13, 1923 to parents Phillip and Clara Kirby (nee Stabel). Throughout her youth and beyond, her family and close friends knew her as “Babe”.

The family moved to Glen Ellyn, Illinois, three months after her birth, where they resided in a lovely home that is still beautiful today, at Park Boulevard and Revere Road. Florence attended St. Petronille grade school, Glenbard West High School, and later, after a move to Chicago, graduated from Marshall High School. Florence also attended secretarial school, which led to a secretarial position at AT&T Long Lines, where she worked until the birth of her first child. During her “single days”, Florence had many friends and loved to hang out with one of her best friends, Elvera Vehlow, who recently passed away.

In 1946, through her good friend, Gail Rettman, Florence was introduced to an Army Signal Corp Lieutenant, recently back from WWII – Richard (Dick) Aronian. Their first date was set up with a meeting under the famous Marshall Field’s clock in downtown Chicago. Of course, Florence was fashionably late, but Dick didn’t give up. In the following 2 years, Dick and Florence spent many happy hours together. They loved the Indiana Dunes, ice and roller skating, going to dance clubs, and spending time with Dick’s sister Sylva Lawson and her growing family. (eventually 9 children!)

Florence and Dick were married in Chicago on July 10, 1948 and settled down on the near South Side of Chicago. A new family came quickly, with Irene born in May 1949, followed immediately by Phillip in May 1950. Florence’s father died in 1949.  Her mother, Clara, volunteered to come and assist her only child with the busy household, and Clara moved in with them the same year. Dick continued to work as an Engineer at Illinois Bell Telephone Co, while also attending night school classes.

1958 was a big year for the young family:  Dick completed his BS, Electrical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  They decided to relocate in the suburbs, moving to Lombard in August. And their third child, Paul, was born in September!  They immediately joined Sacred Heart Catholic church, where both Florence and Dick were active members who participated in many of the church’s activities – ranging from Teen Club leadership to Women’s Club, Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent de Paul Society. They were also active in their children’s schools – Sacred Heart, St. Francis High School, and Montini High School.

Florence worked as the Clerk in the Elmhurst Hospital Blood Bank from 1972 to 2000 – 28 years. She loved her job there and the people she worked with, several of whom she has stayed close with, to this day.  In their “empty nest” years, Florence and Dick traveled extensively, including visits to sites in Germany where Dick was stationed in WWII. They also were members of the very lively “Nordic Hills” group, a loosely organized group of 20+ couples who traveled annually together in the US and Europe.

Florence has resided at Atria Senior Living in Glen Ellyn IL since January 2017, where she loved to participate in the many activities and was gently cared for by the Atria staff.  She is survived by her children: Irene Aronian of Mclean VA, Phil Aronian of Woodland Hills CA, and Paul Aronian (Vlad Stevens) of Foxboro MA; and her cherished grandchild, Delida (Lida) Lawson – along with many Nieces and Nephews and extended family.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street,  Lombard from 3:00 to 7:00pm. 

Funeral Mass will take place Monday, September 24th with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lombard for 10:00 AM Mass, followed by a graveside Interment service at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton Illinois.





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  1. Arthur Mantzouris says:

    I’m so very sorry for her death and the pain it has caused the Family. But receive my condolences to the Family and also a message of hope and comfort in knowing that she is safe in Gods memory awaiting for His Son, Jesus Christ to bring her back to life again and all of you can read what he is saying to you all in the Bible book of John 5:28,29 to where we find him here giving us a future promise of his in that he will resurrect her and really all of those who have fallen asleep in death, but will be brought back to life again AMD if ever anyone of you would like to know more about this wonderful and amazing gift of everlasting life God will give us, then I encourage you all to please visit us at, JW.org and there you will find many spiritual truths that will help you to see what kind of future God has in store for us all.

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