Martin Avadian was born on August 22, 1910 in Van, which was a predominately Armenian town in Turkey.
Escaping the Armenian Genocide, he and his widowed mother immigrated to the United States in 1920, settling in Chicago, Illinois.
He got married, moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he bought a home, had two children, and worked for General Electric.
I was his third child, born on his forty-ninth birthday.
He lived a full life, worked hard, retired in 1975, and enjoyed working around his Milwaukee home and driving cross-country.
At age eighty six, he was diagnosed with dementia. He came to live with my husband and me in California until his passing in early 2001. The story is told in the caregiving memoir, “Where’s my shoes?” My Father’s Walk through Alzheimer’s.
He would have been tickled that the last years of his life continue to touch so many.
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Brenda Avadian, MA