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Armenian American Cultural Association of South Florida Reopening with Welcome Back Carnival in Boca Raton

In Memoriam: Satenik (Seta) H. Garabedian

BOCA RATON, FL — It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Satenik H. Garabedian (May 10, 1934 – June 8, 2021) at 87 years old.

She was the widow of Edward Garabedian, who died in 2012. She leaves her son Hachik Garabedian, her future daughter-in-law, Jean Mosessian, her grandchildren, Isabela Garabedian, Olivia Garabedian and Hrant Garabedian and her brother, Nubar Khatchikian as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Her son Hrant predeceased her in 1984. Seta was a loving mom, grandmother, aunt, and friend who was extremely special to many. She loved her family unconditionally. She was a critical part of each of our lives.

Seta was born, May 10, 1934, in Ruse, Bulgaria to Hrant and Vartuhi Hachikian. She married Edward Garabedian in 1955 and they had 2 sons, Hachik and Hrant. In 1968, she immigrated with her husband Edward and two sons, to Queens, New York, where family and heritage were the mainstays. She worked as a seamstress at Oscar de la Renta and then ran the gift shop of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue in New York City. In 1983, her son, Hachik, opened the French Mediterranean fine dining establishment, Bistro Metro, in Forest Hills, New York. Seta played a major roll in creating specialty menus and fine baked goods. In 2003, Seta moved to Florida with her husband, and her son Hachik.

She adored each of her grandchildren who have countless wonderful memories of meals, vacations and most importantly time spent together. Her family, friends and church were her life.


Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 10:30am to 11:30am

St. David Armenian Church

2300 Yamato Road

Boca Raton, FL. 33487

Funeral Services

Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:30am

St. David Armenian Church

2300 Yamato Road

Boca Raton, FL. 33487


Satenik will join her beloved departed husband, Edward and her deceased son, Hrant, in Cedar Grove Cemetery located in Flushing, New York.

Upon the Request of the Family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. David Armenian Church, 2300 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL 33487. May God rest the soul of the departed and comfort the members of her family.

‘Bloodless’ Wins Golden Palm Award and Best Feature Documentary at the 21st Beverly Hills Film Festival

Bared Maronian’s Bloodless Was Selected Amongst 150 Officially Selected Films of the Year

COCONUT CREEK, FL – ‘Bloodless: The Path to Democracy‘ documentary feature film snatched two of the top awards at the prestigious 21st Beverly Hills Film Festival–The Golden Palm Award and Best Feature Documentary award–during the May 2nd Awards Ceremony, held virtually due to the pandemic. The Feature Documentary film, Bloodless, by four-time regional Emmy award- winning documentary filmmaker, Bared Maronian, captures the non-violent civil disobedience protests and social media campaigns during Armenia’s 2018 velvet revolution when opposition leader, Nikol Pashinyan overthrew the decades-long, corrupt oligarchy power. The documentary, written by Bared Maronian and Silva Basmajian, and produced by Seda Grigoryan, Silva Basmajian, Bardig Kouyoumdjian and Bared Maronian.

“We are humbled that the jury, comprising Oscar winning industry professionals and industry leaders, extended high praise and selected Bloodless as the recipient of the Festival’s top awards out of the 150 films,” said filmmaker Bared Maronian, founder of Armenoid Productions, receiving news of the wins at Beverly Hills Film Festival.

The Best Feature Documentary Award to Bloodless was presented midway through the virtual awards ceremony by a panel of six film industry professionals. The Golden Palm Award–the annual Festival’s most prestigious award–was presented to Bloodless by Nino Simone, Founder and President of the Beverly Hills Film Festival. The 21st annual event, held virtually April 28 through May 2 due to the pandemic, live-streamed 150 non-studio films as part of its official global selections during the virtual Festival.  The annual live event usually draws over 40,000 attendees.