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Armenouhi Odabachian (née Kutnerian), 96, passed away peacefully on the morning of May 8th. Armenouhi is survived by her daughter, Arlys (Hagop) Koushakjian, son Arshag Odabachian, grandsons Taniel and Devon, granddaughter Arianna and great-granddaughter Ayla.
Born on March 19th 1923 in Romania, Armenouhi was the daughter of an Armenian Genocide survivor. Her life’s winding narrative took her to Egypt, Beirut, Detroit and finally to Boca Raton FL in 1993, where she could be near her daughter’s family. Married to Ara Odabachian (U.S. Army ret.) in 1950, she was a devoted mother to their two children.
Throughout her life, Armenouhi was known as an effervescent bon vivant as well as a force to be reckoned with. Fluent in five languages, she earned a PhD in French Literature at a time when most women did not even go to college. All knew her as elegant, cultured, poised, outspoken, worldly and artistic. She was a pianist and avid supporter of the performing arts who adored travel, fashion, ostrich feathers, opera length gloves, champagne, and listening to classical music and Charles Aznavour.
Armenouhi was a member of the St. John Armenian Church Women’s Guild in Detroit for over 30 years.
She is predeceased by her husband, Ara Odabachian; her parents, Nazaret and Henazant Kutnerian; and by her brother Kegham who passed just six months ago.
The family will receive relatives and friends for a viewing at St. David Armenian Apostolic Church in Boca Raton on Saturday, May 11th at 11:30am. A requiem service will follow at 12:30pm. Interment will immediately follow at The Gardens of Boca Raton where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Ara. Hokejash will be held afterwards at Ouzo Bay restaurant at Mizner Park in Boca Raton.
It is with a heavy heart that Florida Armenians informs our readers about the passing of Rose Hagopian Reynolds, a founding member of the Boca Raton Armenian American community. Rose passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Everybody knew her and loved like she was a member of their own family. When you think about how small the South Florida Armenian Community was 30-40 years ago (when most people first met her), we loved her because she is a part of our family, now and forever. We will always remember her gigantic smile, and the way her presence warmed the room. She will be greatly missed.
We also offer our sincere condolences to Rose’s niece and nephew, Diane Bazikian and Jack Bazikian. We share your pain and grieve with you.
A funeral service will be held privately for immediate family members only. A requiem service for Rose Hagopian Reynolds will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at St. David Armenian Church in Boca Raton.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Rose Hagopian Reynolds, may be made to St. David Armenian Church.
On Wednesday, April 24th, St. Hagop Armenian Church of Pinellas Park, FL hosted a commemoration of the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Parishioners gathered for the remembrance of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. “It was a truly moving evening,” stated Rev. Fr. Hovnan Demerjian, pastor of St. Hagop Armenian Church. Mallory Maslar, St. Hagop Parish Council Vice-Chair, organized the commemorative event with the events committee.
An Armenian Genocide Exhibit from the Florida Holocaust Museum was also on display with the assistance of George Kamajian. Michael Shahnasarian and his wife Jean, who chairs the events committee, provided the fellowship. Photography provided generously by Teresa Haidarian and video by Art Ekizian.
Boca Raton, FL