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OBITUARY: Elmast Kohar Stoddard (1943-2023)

Elmast “Kohar” Haladjian Stoddard
October 9, 1943 – January 23, 2023

Elmast “Kohar” Stoddard passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023 at the age of 79. She is survived by her siblings, nieces, nephews and great-niece and nephews.

Kohar is in Heaven now with her beloved Mother and Father, Chnnorike and Krikor Haladjian.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon on October 9, 1943, Kohar was the eldest of 4 children, and grew up to become a very successful nurse.

She studied nursing at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and continued her illustrious career by traveling to Africa, Scotland, and Saudi Arabia. Primarily working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, Kohar helped deliver over 400 babies, including a set of triplets.

Later on in her profession she moved to South Florida and became a Home Health Nurse where she continued her education by obtaining an MBA at Nova Southeastern University.

A pillar of her family and the community, Kohar was revered as a Christian, leader and friend, providing guidance and support to all those in need.

Her kindness, smile and grace will forever live in our memories and hearts as we go on to honor her spirit each and every day.

Rest In Peace, our sweet Kohar. You are with your Mom and Dad now.

A visitation for Kohar will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Bailey Memorial, 6701 West Commercial Blvd, Tamarac, FL 33319.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM at St Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 4050 NW 100th Ave, Hollywood, FL 33024 with the burial to follow at 2:00 PM at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, 1500 S State Road 7, North Lauderdale, FL 33068.

Contributions in Kohar’s memory may be made to St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Haladjian family.


In Memoriam: Agop ‘Jack’ Mouradian, Vasken Minassian, Harout Stambolyan, Michael Pirzadian, Avedis Mangasar

BOCA RATON, FL – Please see information below about members of the Florida Armenian American community who recently passed away. Florida Armenians offers our sincere condolences to the families of the departed.

Agop ‘Jack’ Mouradian (1938-2022)

Agop ‘Jack’ Mouradian

Dearly beloved, long-time member of St. Hagop Armenian Church community in Western Florida, Agop ‘Jack’ Mouradian, of Brandon, FL, went to his eternal rest on February 16, 2022. The Pastor and Parish Council of St. Hagop Church, on behalf of our entire community, wish to express our condolences to Agop’s loving wife Victoria, his siblings, his children Krikor (Janice) and Hovhannes (Siran), his grandchildren and their entire family. May God illuminate his soul and the peace of Christ abide in him.

Please join the Mouradian family for funeral services at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, 2323 West Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511 and fellowship meal. Click here to make in lieu of flowers donations in memory of Agop.

  • Visitation: Wednesday, February 23th from 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • Chapel Funeral Service: Wednesday, February 23th at 12:00 PM
  • Burial: Immediately following church service.
  • Memorial Meal (Hokejash) to follow at Mouradian Home

Vasken Minassian (1927-2022)

Vasken Minassian

Dearly beloved, and long-time servant leader of St. Hagop Armenian Church, Vasken Minassian, of Tampa, FL went to his eternal rest on February 15, 2022. The Pastor and Parish Council of St. Hagop Church, on behalf of our entire community, wish to express our condolences to Vasken’s loving wife Karen, his daughter Donna, grandchildren Michael, Christopher & Summer Nichole, along with their entire family. May God illuminate his soul and the peace of Christ abide in him.

Please join Vasken’s family for funeral service and fellowship meal at St. Hagop Armenian Church, 7020 90th. Ave. N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.

Click here to make in lieu of flowers donations in memory of Vasken to St. Hagop Armenian Church.

Visitation: Thursday, February 24th from 10:30AM-11:30AM.

Church Funeral Service: Thursday, February 24th at 11:30 AM in the St. Hagop Sanctuary.

Memorial Meal (Hokejash) to follow in Shahnasarian Hall.

Harout Stambolyan (1964-2022)

Harout Stambolyan

Harout Stambolyan was born on March 9, 1964 in Yerevan, Armenia to Yeranui and Arshavir Stambolyan. He was the youngest of four siblings, sister Armenuhi and brothers Toros and Minas.

In his teenage years, Harout discovered his first passion, music. While in Yerevan, him and three of his close friends formed a band, Tessilck, where Harout became lead singer and guitarist. Even with his love for music, Harout also found a strong passion for designing and crafting jewelry. You would often find Harout sketching jewelry designs for Stambolian, the company he built with his wife, Arus.

Arus and Harout were engaged in 1990, and were married in 1991, in Queens, New York. They eventually settled in Boca Raton, Florida. Together, they raised two handsome sons, Arshak and Karo. For Harout, there was nothing more important than family. He was a remarkable husband, father, uncle, brother, son, and friend to all.

The Armenian church played an important role in Harout’s life. He cared deeply about the St. David Armenian Church community and actively volunteered his time and efforts every chance he had.

Wake will be held at St. David Armenian Church, 2300 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431 on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 5:00PM – 8:00PM.

Funeral Service will begin at St. David Armenian Church on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 12:00PM, followed by burial service at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 200 W Copans Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33064.

Hokejash will be served following the burial service at Rafina Greek Taverna, 6877 SW 18th St., Boca Raton, FL 33433 at 2:30PM.

Upon request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. David Armenian Church.

Michael Pirzadian (1940-2022)

Michael Pirzadian

The Armenian community of Central Florida mourns the loss of parishioner Michael Pirzadian, who passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. We pray for the rest of his soul in peace, and ask Almighty God to grant comfort his family and all those who feel his loss.

Mr. Pirzadian was born on December 9, 1940 in Iran. Mr. Pirzadian is survived by his wife Anahid Pirzadian; children Yvette Pirzadian, Annette Pirzadian and Jannette Pirzadian; as well as many other extended family members.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church, 9274 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. Orlando FL, 32836.

Avedis Mangasar (1960-2022)

Avedis Mangasar

A beloved member of the Western Florida Armenian American community, Avedis Mangasar, of Clearwater, FL, went to his eternal rest on January 29, 2022. The Pastor and Parish Council of St. Hagop Armenian Church, on behalf of our entire community, wish to express our condolences to Avedis’ loving wife Naira and his children Moses & Matthew along with their entire family. May God illuminate his soul and the peace of Christ abide with him.

Visitation was held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 10:30AM-11:00AM.

Church Memorial Service was held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 11:00AM at St. Hagop Armenian Church, 7020 90th. Ave. N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.

Committal service will follow church service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 5233 118th Ave N, Clearwater, FL 33760.

Click here to make in lieu of flowers donation to St. Hagop online.

Armenian American Community Mourns the Loss of Three Titans

This past April, as Armenian Americans across the country were working hard and eagerly waiting to see if President Biden would recognize the Armenian Genocide in his first April 24th remembrance day statement, the community was also mourning the loss of three extraordinary men who would leave the their mark on the world in a way that makes all of us proud to be both Armenian and American.

In the beginning of April, the news broke that long time philanthropist and American homebuilder Hirair Hovnanian had passed away at his residence in Yerevan, Armenia, where he had retired after an impressive and successful life and career.

Anna Hovnanian & Hirair Hovnanian

A bold, daring and caring individual, a visionary leader, the founder and benefactor of many charities, and devoted longtime Chairman of the Armenian Assembly of America’s Board, Hirair Hovnanian leaves behind a remarkable legacy. Hirair was an amazing leader and mentor, always ready to roll up his sleeves and tackle any challenge. Hirair’s integrity, passion, dedication, commitment, work ethic, and love of his people, were extraordinary.

A successful businessman, whose generosity extended to causes around the world, Hirair felt energized by the independence of Armenia, and did everything in his power to assist the newly independent Republic. He demonstrated his commitment to Armenia by resettling in his homeland where his philanthropy extended beyond precedent. Hirair responded immediately to the 1988 earthquake and embarked upon the recovery and rebuilding of the devastated areas. A builder and developer by profession, he knew exactly the type of assistance required and established a building parts manufacturing plant to accelerate the reconstruction process. His generous contributions in support of educational and religious institutions in Armenia and the diaspora are legion.

At the helm of the Assembly, he helped shape non-partisan advocacy, creating an example of a united voice for Armenian Americans in Washington, D.C., and strongly believed in the unique role of American leadership in advancing democracy and human rights. He lent every measure of support within his means towards the affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, including the establishment of the Armenian National Institute. He welcomed Armenian Assembly interns to his home every summer and embraced the next generation with his infectious enthusiasm for all things Armenian. Through his boundless generosity, he touched the lives of countless citizens in Armenia and Artsakh to whom he exemplified the best of the Armenian diaspora.

“We are all saddened by this great loss and remain immensely grateful to Hirair for his unparalleled legacy. He was the champion of every cause that benefited the Armenian people, and he never hesitated to lead from the front with unwavering dedication and commitment. May he rest in peace,” read a statement from the Armenian Assembly.

Ambassador Set Charles Momjian, a former trustee and board member of the Armenian Assembly, passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.

“He was born in Atlantic City on April 9, 1930 to Julia and Charles Momjian, both orphaned refugees from the Armenian genocide who were raised by American missionaries. The two parents were born in Malatya in the Ottoman Empire. Charles died at an early age and the family, which included younger brother Albert, had a difficult time during the Depression era,” the Armenian Mirror-Spectator reported.

After enrolling in the U.S. Army, Set Momjian led a prolific career in marketing and advertising at the Ford Motor Company. He went on to become a special advisor to U.S. presidents, and, per President Jimmy Carter’s appointment, served as a U.S. representative to the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador. Momjian was also appointed as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Momjian’s impactful commitment to the Assembly and Armenian causes on Capitol Hill is still relevant today. His longtime friendship with President Joe Biden was cultivated during train rides he shared in the 1980s with the Delaware Senator, who was then Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and marshaled through committee approval of an Armenian Genocide resolution, which Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) brought to the Senate Floor in 1990.

“The Assembly appreciates the Momjian family’s dedication, including Set Charles Momjian’s brother Albert’s many years of service as the Assembly’s Solicitor, a role which Albert’s son, Mark Momjian, currently holds. The Assembly extends its condolences to Set Charles Momjian’s family and loved ones,” an announcement from the Assembly stated. Momjian was also active with the AGBU and the Knights of Vartan.

Dr. Vartan Gregoain

Three days later, on Thursday, April 15th, the world mourned the loss of Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation, and one of the most famous Armenians in American history.

Dr. Gregorian was invaluable in the Armenian American community’s efforts to educate the public about the Armenian Genocide and the consequences of its denial. He led the way for others who followed in his footsteps in academia, administrative leadership at top universities, and as a world leader of philanthropy and education. His life’s work, much to long to list in a single column, took him to incredible places across the globe and led to his service in prestigious posts, such as the “Savior of The New York Public Library,” as the New York Times catalogued, as well as President of Brown University, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to name but a few.

“This is a painful loss for all Armenians, the United States, and the world. His achievements will stand the test of time, and the spirit in which he delivered those achievements will always be valued. May he rest in peace,” a statement from the Armenian Assembly read.