ROSE AGAJAN DECEMBER 28, 1911 - AUGUST 15, 2004 Rose Agajan passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 15, 2004, in Walnut Creek, California, at the age of 92. A native of Severeg, Turkey, she was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 8 with her mother and settled in Chicago, Illinois, where her mother remarried. As a child, she attended Gregory Elementary and John Marshall High School. In 1937 she married Paul Agajan, a native of Istanbul, Turkey. Together they owned and operated cafeterias in the Greater Chicago area throughout the Depression and during World War II. In 1943 the family moved to Oakland, California, where they joined with Stephen and Ardam Beklian to establish Casper's Hot Dogs. Rose was the last surviving founder of the company, which continues to be operated by the founders' grandchildren. The family moved to Lafayette in 1952, where Rose and her husband, Paul, remained until his death in September 1977. In her later years, Rose lived in Rossmoor and the Care Center of Rossmoor. She lived her life with style and grace and will be forever remembered for her enthusiasm, her indomitable spirit, her generosity and dedication to family, and her faith. She was a true survivor. Rose leaves her devoted daughter Carol and son-in-law George Rustigian; sister Sarah Kevorkian; brother Harry Kevorkian and sister-in-law Betty; grandchildren, Beth Broussalian, Caroline Bruderer and Paul Rustigian; and great-grandchildren, Melanie and Michael Broussalian. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families who loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by her sister Alice Malin, who passed away in 1996. A visitation will be held Wednesday, August 18, 2004, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oakmont Mortuary, 2099 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette. Friends and family are invited to a funeral service on Thursday, August 19, 2004, at 11 a.m. at St. Vartan Armenian Apostolic Church, 650 Spruce Street, Oakland. A graveside ceremony at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Nor Cal Armenian Home and Social Service, 1818 Gilbreth Road, Suite 132, Burlingame, CA 94010; St. Vartan Armenian Apostolic Church, 650 Spruce Street, Oakland, CA 94610; or the Armenian General Benevolent Union's Soup Kitchen, 55 E. 59th St., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10022-1112. Please include the name of the deceased in your correspondence. Oakmont Mortuary (925) 935-3311
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Published in Inside Bay Area on Aug. 18, 2004