Primate Hovsepian’s Mother Passes Away

PASADENA–The Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church announced the death of Ovsanna Hovsepian–the mother of Primate Vatche Hovsepian–who died on Thursday after a long illness.

Hovsepian was born in Cilicia in 1904 to Mr. and Mrs. Boghos Tchakerian. During the 1915 Genocide–she and her parents were deported to the Arabian desert–eventually ending up in Port Said– Egypt–where she married Krikor Hovsepian. Widowed at the age of 40–Hovsepian was left to raise her five children.

She is survived by her three sons and two daughters–thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Garabed Armenian Church in Hollywood–and a funeral Mass will be said the following day at 11 a.m.–also at St. John Garabed.

Following the internment services at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood on Monday–a memorial luncheon will be served at the St. Gregory Armenian Church Agajanian Hall in Pasadena.

In lieu of flowers–donations may be made to the Western Diocese Camp Fund–2215 E. Colorado Blvd.–Pasadena–CA–91107.

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