ADAJIAN, Eleanor Ann (Onorato)
Eleanor A. Adajian, 96, of New Britain, passed away peacefully at home on March 7, 2009. Born in Passaic, NJ, the daughter of Vincent and Nancy Onorato, she graduated from the Traphagen School of Fashion (NYC) and worked as a fashion illustrator in Manhattan during the 1930s. Eleanor moved to Connecticut and in 1942 married Vartan Adajian, and they settled in New Britain to raise their family. She was a teacher at the Hartford Trade School during the 1940s, and in the 1960s taught art and design at E.C. Goodwin Vocational Technical School. She always loved her work and her students. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, sisters Margaret Lillo, Edith Wood, and Gilda Grido. She is survived by daughter June Allen and her husband Daniel of La Jolla, CA; son Edward Adajian and his wife Cynthia of Canton; son James Adajian and his wife Ellen of Baltimore, MD; grandchildren Edward Allen, Heather (Allen) Perreault (and husband Christopher), Mark Adajian, and Lisa Adajian; great granddaughter Violetta Perreault; inlaws Armen Adajian (and his late wife Katie) of Lake Forest, IL; Michael Adajian and his wife Merrilyn of Canton; Lillian Tanguay (and her late husband Edward Tanguay) of Canton; many nephews, nieces, friends, and neighbors, including Audrey Ellis, her longtime home caregiver. Eleanor loved the fine arts and performing arts, especially painting and opera. She was a member of the New Britain Museum of American Art and enjoyed participating in their art competitions. She was also a member of the First Church of Christ Congregational in New Britain, where she was a dedicated patron of their concerts, lectures, and charitable events. Eleanor enjoyed folk and square dancing, as well as sewing and knitting, and she was an accomplished cook and gardener. An enthusiastic world traveler, she made friends wherever she went. Eleanor was a loving person who was generous to everyone throughout her long and happy life. Her greatest joys were her family and friends who deeply loved her in return, and will always treasure the memory of her. No services or calling hours are planned. New Britain Memorial Sagarino Funeral Home, New Britain, is serving the family. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.