Donna L. (Staffier) Sarmanian

  • Born: July 19, 1954
  • Died: July 30, 2019
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donna L. (Staffier) Sarmanian, of Stoneham, formerly of Revere, passed away on Tuesday July 30th, 2019 surrounded by her family after an incredibly courageous battle with cancer. She was 65 years of age.

Donna is the beloved wife of Michael Sarmanian. She is the proud mother of Jena Sarmanian, Lara Roche and her husband Kenneth, and Michael Sarmanian. Cherished "Ninnie" of Paige and Caroline Roche. Donna is the loving daughter of the late Victor and Victoria (Angelo) Staffier. An extraordinary woman, beautiful inside and out, and an amazing friend to countless others.

Donna loved many things in life. She was an avid Boston Celtics fan and a Jeopardy fanatic, always knowing the answers to more questions than you. She enjoyed reading a good book at her happy place, the screen porch of her summer home in Sagamore Beach. If you knew her, she had likely given you a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear and most certainly good advice in return. She loved soft serve "twists," trying out the newest restaurants around town and spending a long weekend in Fort Lauderdale. She was the happiest surrounded by those she loved, especially her granddaughters who brought her an incredible amount of joy.

Funeral from the Barile Family Funeral Home 482 Main St. (RT28) STONEHAM Saturday August 3, 2019 at 8:45 am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Donna's Eternal Life in St. Joseph Church 173 Albion St. Wakefield at 10 am. Interment will be Lindenwood Cemetery, Stoneham.

Family and friends are kindly invited to gather and share memories with the family on Friday August 2, 2019 from 3 pm to 7 pm in the funeral home. Parking attendants and elevator available.

Please consider donations in memory of Donna to Target Cancer Foundation 955 Mass Ave #343 Cambridge, MA 02139.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Very sorry for your loss,Mike and family. Gene & Tina McKenna

Posted by Christina Mckenna - Revere, MA - Classmate   September 02, 2019

I was so sorry to hear that Donna had passed. She was such a wonderful person.

Posted by Jeffrey Goldberg - Malden - Friend   August 09, 2019

Dear Mike and family,

I am so very sorry to learn about Donna. I cannot imagine the sorrow you are all feeling. It was a long, courageous battle for Donna and all of you and I hope that you can find peace and comfort in knowing that you all gave her the very best of yourselves.

My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Sharon Iovanni

Posted by Sharon Iovanni - Stoneham, MA - Friend   August 05, 2019

Lara & Ken
My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family

Posted by Barbara Avitabile Mullen - Milton, MA   August 02, 2019

Mike and family, We were so very sorry to hear of Donna's passing. We have such fond memories of our Aruba vacation together. Our sincerest condolences, with deepest sympathy and much love. God bless Donna, and the whole Sarmanian family during this very difficult time. Jeff, Norma and the Cataldo family

Posted by Jeff Cataldo - Stoneham, MA - Friend   August 02, 2019

Michael, so sorry for your loss. My condolences to your family.

Posted by Chuck Lindberg - Revere, MA - Family Friend   August 02, 2019

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Dave and I send our deepest sympathy.

Posted by Robin Hines - Lynn, MA - Family Friend   August 02, 2019

Mike, I am so sorry to learn of Donna's is very easy to remember her smiling face and beautiful smile....across all the years.....from Revere to Stoneham and all the friendship that you both brought........Rest easy will always be remembered......Bob Kennedy.

Posted by Robert Kennedy - Stoneham, MA - Family Friend   August 02, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. She was the sweetest and I am so fortunate to have worked with her for many years. My deepest condolences go out to her family during this difficult time.

Posted by Melissa Jeffrey - Woburn, MA   August 02, 2019

I am so sad to read of Donna's passing. When I was a third grade teacher in Medford, Donna was the speech teacher. We became very friendly over the years and would often run into each other in Stoneham. I also would see her at St Joseph's Church in Wakefield from time to time. Donna was a wonderful person! She was caring and kind to all who she met and would always take the time to listen to anyone, no matter what the topic. She was an excellent speech teacher and the children loved her. Rest In Peace Donna. You are now in the arms of God for all of the good that you did while on this earth.

Posted by MaryAnn Bell - Stoneham, MA - Friend   August 01, 2019

RIP. So sorry for your lost

Posted by Gary Fisher - Peabody, MA   August 01, 2019

Donna was such a beautiful person. I loved working with her and enjoyed our chats.

Posted by Ellie O'Leary - Medford, MA - Coworker   August 01, 2019

Michael, please accept my sincere condolences. May Donna's memory give you strength and be for a blessing.

Posted by Barry Cohen - Lynn, MA - Friend   August 01, 2019

My deepest sympathy to all of you. I will miss my good friend forever and ever. Rest in eternal peace Donna.
Love Karen

Posted by Karen Feldman - Gloucester, MA - Friend   August 01, 2019


I was lucky and blessed to have you as my friend. You were there when I needed you the most. There are so many words I can use to describe you but none seem to capture you. You were true, honest, caring, trustful, loyal and loving. The strength and courage you showed these past years were an amazement. I will miss our talks, our laughing and those Wednesday's talking about Animal Kingdom. Our friendship is one I will treasure. I will carry you in my heart everyday, you are unforgettable. I love you and I will miss you.

Posted by Jo Chiachio - Stoneham, MA - Friend   August 01, 2019

Michael, I and so sorry for your loss. I know how hard the next few months and more will be. The wonderful memories and that she's now at peace will help get you through this tough time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless

Posted by Susan (Smith) Popa - Harrisburg, PA - Family Friend   July 31, 2019