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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.

Visitation

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

Internment

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.

Florida Elected Officials Respond to White House Affirmation of the Armenian Genocide

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Earlier today, President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President to properly recognize the World War I era mass killings of Armenians and other Christians by the Ottoman Turkish Empire as genocide.

“Today is #ArmenianGenocide Remembrance Day, commemorating the 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred in 1915 by the Ottomans, & today @POTUS has made history by becoming the first President to recognize it. This is a major step toward Armenians getting the justice they deserve,” Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL) said on Twitter. Earlier this week, Frankel was one of three Florida Representatives to sign a letter to President Biden urging him to recognize the Armenian Genocide on April 24th.

“It has been more than 100 years since the atrocities committed against innocent Armenians and other ethnic and religious minorities at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire’s genocidal campaign from 1915-1923 killed 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children, as well as Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Syriacs, through a series of executions and death marches,” said Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), who serves as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Armenian Caucus. “I whole-heartedly welcome today’s historic announcement from President Biden formally recognizing the Armenian Genocide. I have been a major supporter of recognizing the Ottoman Empire’s atrocious acts as genocide, co-authoring the Armenian Genocide recognition resolution passed by the House of Representatives two years ago. We must acknowledge the atrocities of the past so that we might hopefully prevent them in the future. Our darkest moments as a human race have come during times when those who knew better stood silently, making excuses for passivity and allowing injustice and persecution to reign. Today at 2:30 p.m. I spoke with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia George Kent who confirmed the Administration’s announcement today acknowledging the pain of history to ensure future atrocities do not happen,” Bilirakis said on Saturday.

Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), an active member of the Congressional Armenian Caucus, issued a statement on Twitter, saying “I commend @POTUS Biden for officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Yet over a century later some still minimize the Ottoman Empire’s systematic execution of Armenians. We must honor the victims & survivors, & we must keep its memory alive to prevent history from repeating.”

“President Joe Biden’s deceptively simple action goes beyond what any previous American president has ever been willing to do. The evidence, however, is clear the Turks engaged in a years-long ethnic cleansing campaign that included forced death marches and mass starvation. Recognizing this fact will, hopefully, bring an element of closure to this chapter of history for families impacted by these atrocities,” Palm Beach County Commissioner Robert Weinroth (D-FL) told FLArmenians.com.

Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer told FLArmenians.com, “The White House’s recognition today of the Armenian Genocide is an important step to honor the memory of the many who were killed. To prevent future tragedies, we must never forget those that occurred,” Mayor Singer said. Boca Raton, FL is the second largest city in Palm Beach County and is home to St. David Armenian Church, the first Armenian Church built in Florida and consecrated in 1989.

Responding to the news, Mark Samuelian, Miami Beach City Commissioner told FLArmenians.com, “Having recently visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, President Biden’s historic announcement today delivers profound meaning.” Elected in 2017, Samuelian is the first Armenian American elected official in Miami-Dade County, FL.

*This post was updated on Thursday, April 29, 2021 to reflect the new statements. FLArmenians.com will continue to update this post with new statements from Florida elected officials.