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Dr. Abraham C. Dearani, 87, of Jaffrey, N.H. died peacefully at his home after a long illness on Saturday, May 21, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on June 9, 1928, in Paterson, N.J., son of the late Michael and Jennie (Hatab) Dearani. Abraham attended Central High School in Paterson, N.J. and graduated from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. in 1949. He pursued a career in medicine and graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1953. Immediately following, he entered the United States Navy and was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Newport, R.I. where he completed a year’s internship in 1954. He was then transferred to Commander, Military Sea Transportation Service at Brooklyn, N.Y. until his discharge in 1957.
In 1958, Abraham married Elizabeth (Burke), of Rowayton, Conn. and they settled in Norwalk, Conn. where he opened a family practice with his brother in-law, Dr. Albert V. Burke. Over the next 30 years, he became the proud father of one son and eight daughters. When he wasn’t practicing medicine, he devoted his time to his family and enjoyed countless summers and school vacations at their cottage on Lake Monomonac, Rindge, N.H. and on Longboat Key, Fla.
In 1988, the Dearani’s relocated to Fitzwilliam, N.H. where he became affiliated with Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, N.H. He began a satellite practice in family medicine in Milford, N.H. with Dr. Robert D’Agostino and eventually returned to private practice in Rindge. Abraham formally retired from the medical profession in 2002.
Abraham is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of 58 years; Joseph Dearani and wife, Ann, of Rochester, Minn., Jennie Calnan and husband, Kris, of Peterborough, N.H., Mary Cieszko and husband, Kurt, of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., Kate Llewelyn and husband, Alan, of Stratford, Conn., Lisa Martinsky of Monroe, Conn., Amy Utter and husband, Phil, of Castleton, N.Y., Margaret Poikonen and husband, Keith, of Rindge, N.H., Virginia Moriarty and husband, Justin, of Auburn, Maine, and Sally Perrone and husband, Jason, of Millis, Mass.; one sister Mary (Dearani) Homsey and husband, George, of Haledon, N.J.; sister-in-law Michelina Dearani of Longboat Key, Fla.; and twenty three adoring grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Abraham was predeceased by his siblings George, Weida, Louis, and Charles, of Paterson, N.J., and grandson Alan A. Poikonen of Rindge, N.H.
Family and friends are warmly invited to calling hours on Thursday, May 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 33 River Street, (Rte. 202) Jaffrey, N.H.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Patrick Church, 89 Main Street, Jaffrey, N.H. Burial will follow at Saint Patrick Cemetery in Jaffrey, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Patrick Church, 89 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452, or to the Fitzwilliam Community Church UCC, PO Box 522, Fitzwilliam, NH 03447-0522.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
4:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)
Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center
Friday, May 27, 2016
Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)
Saint Patrick Church
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