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May 19, 2013

Esther I. (Comeau) Tannian, 77


Haverhill — Esther I. (Comeau) Tannian, 77, of Haverhill, formerly of Raymond, N.H., passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of Edward A. and Marie L. (Blinn) Comeau. She attended Haverhill schools and was a graduate of Haverhill High School, Class of 1954.

Mrs. Tannian had a long and varied career. While raising a family, she was first employed as an assembler for Western Electric. She then worked at Northern Essex Community College, and later became a home health aid for Home Health V.N.A., and retired from the Ben Franklin Store in Raymond, N.H., as a sales clerk.

Esther was a caring, loving and accepting of all she met, even strangers became quick friends. This acceptance was felt most by her family and she had a unique, loving relationship with all of her family. One of Esther’s greatest assets was her sense of humor. She made other people laugh and could easily laugh at herself.

Esther loved to go to Foxwoods and Atlantic City and was extraordinarily lucky there. She also loved to use her computer for Facebook, games and Skype. Esther loved to visit family and was appreciative of the simple things in life.

She leaves her beloved husband of 54 years, Thomas J. Tannian Jr., of Haverhill; two daughters, Linda J. Priebe and her husband, Edward, of Raymond, N.H., and Audrey M. McGlew and her husband, Allen, of Groveland; a son, Thomas J. Tannian III, of New Hampshire; six cherished grandchildren, Alicia and Lyndze Priebe, Chad and Jonathan Tannian, and Kayla and Julia McGlew; a great-granddaughter, Brooklynn Tannian; two brothers, Philip Comeau and his wife, Carlene, of Hampton, N.H., and Albert Comeau of Haverhill; a sister, Lorraine Rouse and her husband, John, of Tacoma, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. Her sister, Louise Walsh, and brothers, Paul and Edward Comeau, predeceased her.

ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and family are respectfully invited to call on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill. Funeral services will begin on Monday morning at 10 a.m. from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. James Church, Winter St., Haverhill. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Primrose Street, Haverhill. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Massachusetts General Hospital. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook.