She was the wife of the late Harry Der Kazarian. She leaves her children Dr. Alan K. Der Kazarian and his wife Isabelle of Belmont, Gregory Der Kazarian of Arlington and Edward Der Kazarian of Watertown; grandchildren Alan H. Der Kazarian and his wife Kathy of Belmont, Susan Der Kazarian and her husband Michael Malone of Westchester County, NY and Dr. Mark Der Kazarian and his wife Jennifer of Carlisle; great-grandchildren Claire, Charles, Kaitlyn Der Kazarian and Gavin and Charlotte Malone; brother, Charles Janikian of Maynard and many nieces and nephews.
Her siblings Artin, Gorun and Aram Janikian predeceased her.
Born in Marash, Historic Armenia, she spent her childhood traversing the Middle East as a result of the Genocide, including living in Lebanon, Syria, Jerusalem and Egypt before settling in Marseilles, France, for two years, at the age of 10.
She moved with her family to Watertown in 1924 where she lived for 90 years.
Der Kazarian was one of the many Genocide survivors who found work at the Hood Rubber Plant in Watertown.