Barbara A. Terzian

Barbara A. Terzian and Rob Roy

Peter’s mother, Barbara A. Terzian, née Mendoza, died on Saturday, 19 April 2008, at age seventy-seven. She was born in 1930 in Troy, New York, and she married Peter’s father, Richard Terzian, in 1959. She worked as a case supervisor for the Rensselaer County Department of Public Welfare in the 1950s and 1960s. She was an avid reader, a devotee of the arts, a great fan of dogs, and an all-around generous, loving, accepting person. She is sorely missed.

There will be a wake at the Dufresne and Cavanaugh Funeral Home in Latham, New York, on Tuesday, April 22, from 5pm to 7pm, and a funeral mass at St. Ambrose Church on Wednesday, April 23, at 11am. If you’d like to make a donation in her name, please consider the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

Mrs. Terzian as a young girl Mrs. Terzian as a young woman

Richard and Barbara Terzian, 1959 Mrs. Terzian holding Peter, 1968

Mrs. Terzian in the Musée d'Orsay

3 thoughts on “Barbara A. Terzian”

  1. In the past few days there have been many wonderful recollections of Barbara's kind and loving spirit. For me, one of the most poignant examples of Barbara's caregiving spirit is exemplified by the time she spent in the past years with Ruth Ann Green, our severely disabled cousin. Ruth Ann has no idea whether anyone is visiting her or not, and yet Barbara faithfully visited her in the nursing home. Sometimes she would feed her, sometimes she would bring her a small brown paper bag (something Ruth Ann likes to play with), but mostly Barbara was the only loving presence in Ruth Ann's life.

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