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Summer of 74 “Dear Isabel, Joyce and DianeFrom our family to yours....we were sad to hear from cousin Paul the loss of your dad. We lost our mom, Alma, in 2012,...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Laura Castanos (Margosian) - CA

“Dear Joyce,So sorry to hear the loss of your father. My sincere condolences on your loss. Your fahter was an extraordinary man. My prayers and...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: danqing xiao - jamaica Plain, MA

“To the Talanian family:We always hope this day never comes, but when it does, we keep our loved one's memory alive by never forgetting the beautiful...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Elaine Cianci - Reading, MA

“Joyce,My condolences to you and your family.Debbie ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Debbie Henderson - Millis, MA

“Dear Isabel,Please accept my deepest sympathies. May Peter Rest In Peace.Satenik Der Manuelian ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Isabel, Diane, Joyce and all the Talanian and Krueger Family Members,This has been a very sad year of loss for so many people. I am so sorry...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Linda DerParseghian - Vienna, VA

“Dear Isabel & Diane & JoyceJust heard about Pete's passing and am so sorry to hear it..I know we have'nt seen too much of each other but some people...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Lucille Diranian - Medford, MA

Waltham – Mr. Peter S. Talanian, of Waltham, died at home on Monday, July 1, 2019. He was 95.

Peter was born in Boston on March 28, 1924, a son of the late Soukias and Lucy (Michaelian) Talanian and was a graduate of the High School of Commerce in Boston. Right after that he joined the United States Army where he became a mortarman with the 363rd Infantry.

Soon after joining the Army he found himself in Italy where he took part in the liberation of Rome and the battles at Arno, the Northern Apennines and the Po Valley. On April 17, 1945, the day that Allied forces broke the back of German resistance in Northern Italy, Peter was wounded, earning the Purple Heart. He stayed with his unit in Europe until its return in August, 1945.

When he got out of the service Peter went to Harry Bentley's School of Accounting in Boston and began playing ball with the Boston Park League, a semi-pro baseball league where returning vets found friendship, fun and therapy with their fellow comrades-in-arms. Peter was a talented shortstop and second baseman.

He worked for years as a salesman for the L.E. Muran Company and later after it was acquired by Office Depot.

Peter belonged to Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge where he was long active and served on various church committees and had been a member of the Men's Club and the Parish Council. He also was a member at Oakley Country Club in Watertown where his drive was so good he was nicknamed "down the middle Pete."

He was also a member of the Waltham Triad Lodge, A.F. & A.M., and the Watertown Amvets.

Peter's life centered around his family. He leaves his beloved wife, Isabel (Harpootlian) Talanian; his children, Diane Krueger (Ronald) and Joyce Talanian, all of Waltham; his grandchildren, David Krueger (Lucy) of Houston Texas, Jeffrey Krueger (Gina) and Steven Krueger (Christopher), all of Waltham and his great-grandchildren, Emma and James Krueger.

He was the brother of the late Edward Talanian (late Natalie).

Family and friends will honor and remember Peter's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, July 7th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge where his funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 or at