Zis-Sweeney and St. Laurent Funeral Home

26 Kinsley Street, Nashua, NH


Richard Arman Mardigian

15 August , 192921 September , 2019

Richard Arman Mardigian 90, of Nashua, passed away peacefully at the Hunt Community on Saturday September 21, 2019. He was born on August 15, 1929 in Detroit, MI to the late Arman and Opal (Landers) Mardigian.

Richard excelled at his education; he completed high school early, which allowed him to enroll into college at the young age of 16, where he won numerous awards for his academics. He held his first job as a counselor at a youth center in Detroit, and then moved on to be Human Resources Director for his family’s business. He married Angelina Lanese in 1960 and was a devoted husband until her passing in 1991. He was a psychologist for many years, and then moved to Southern Florida where he obtained his real estate license, before finally settling down in Nashua to be closer to his family. He spoke many languages, loved to compose music, and enjoyed playing bridge at the Nashua Senior Center. Richard was very proud of his Armenian heritage.

He is survived by his daughter Marisa Spilios and her husband Arthur, granddaughter Angelina Spilios, nieces Diane Leatherman, Linda Amicarelli, and Victoria Freshman, as well as several grand nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his late wife’s family in Italy and dear family friend Fr. Remo Zanatta of Allenstown, NH. In addition to his wife Angelina, Richard was predeceased by his sister Doris Freshman. Richard was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, and was a truly honorable gentleman. He will be missed terribly by his family and friends.

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.


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Linda Amicarelli

26 September 2019

I will always cherish my memories of Uncle Dick. Among them: When we were quite young, my sister Diane and I loved having Uncle Dickie as our babysitter when our mother (his sister) would go out for the evening while we were still living in Detroit. Practically from the minute she left, Diane and I would race into our mother's bedroom, open her clothes closet and start trying on her many dresses and shoes (high heels!) that we would then wear out into the living room to model for Uncle Dick. He got such a kick out of our antics, but warned us to put everything back as we found them so that we wouldn't be "caught" having invaded her closet (and get him into trouble for allowing us to do so!) It was also during that period that he allowed us a "puff" on a cigarette, in the hopes that it would discourage us from ever starting the nasty habit. (It worked for Diane, but not for me; but I did quit at age 26 back in 1971.) I also remember one Christmas while we were still living in Detroit, Uncle Dick gave me a bottle of Jergens Hand Lotion for Christmas. I absolutely loved the scent of that hand lotion, and whenever I smell that scent it takes me right back to that Christmas of long ago.

Later on, after the whole family moved to Ohio, I remember Uncle Dick and I having wonderful conversations about archaeology and philosophy. I still have one of his books that he gave to me during that period, an autographed copy of the book "God Will Work With You But Not For You" (subtitled "A Living Philosophy") by Lao Russell. That book may have been an introduction to my lifelong interest in Spirituality.

The last time that I saw Uncle Dick was in Summer of 2006 when Joe and I , and Uncle Dick, all spent a special week together at Diane's home in Ohio (Thank You, Diane!) It was wonderful! Since then, when Uncle Dick and I would speak on the phone, it was as if no time had gone by and we had wonderful conversations. I'm sending MUCH LOVE to you, Uncle Dick!
Linda Sue

Diane Bailey-Leatherman

24 September 2019

Rest in sweet peace my dear "Uncle Dickie". I will always cherish our times together in Detroit, you were one of my favorite "playmates". We shared the same sense of humor, so our times of laughter were many. We had many song filled times together at the piano at Grandma's house, times of much joy. I know your favorite story about me as a baby was me teething on your comb....sounds awful, but you really got a kick out of that. I have so many memories, all pleasant, and I will keep your memory alive by talking about you, because you told me that is how to keep folks alive after they have passed. We will meet again, and it will be a joyous occasion!! HUGS! Your devoted niece~Diane