Rita Zaratzian of Yonkers NY passed away on Tuesday, May 16 at the age of 88.
Rita was born in Manhattan to Navart & Charles Nishanian , on September 28, 1928.
She graduated from NYC public schools and went on to graduate Hunter College with Masters in Music and Education. Rita married Harry Zaratzian. In 1965 they had a son Rafael and moved to Hastings-on-Hudson NY. Rita went on to substitute teach then teach music in the Hastings School District. She also taught piano and mentored youth chamber groups.
Rita loved all types of music and dance and was known for her warmth and loving nature.
She was known as a great cook who believed strongly in organic foods and vitamins.
She is survived by her son Rafael, her brother Peter Nishanian and her nephew Paul Nishanian
She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Zaratzian
In Lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Hastings Alumni Association 's Rita Zaratzian Music Teacher Scholarship Fund. http://hohalumni.org then click here on pay dues or donate. You may also send a check to Hastings High School Alumni Association c/o Rita Zaratzian Scholarship, 1 Mount Blvd , Hastings-on-Hudson NY 10706