LEESBURG, Va. - Adrienne Grace Koochagian, formally of Sparta, N.J., passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Leesburg, Va., with her family by her side. She was 82 years old. Adrienne was predeceased by her husband, Armen V. Koochagian, April 30, 2009. They had resided in Lake Mohawk for 52 years. Adrienne was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she attended Fort Hamilton High School and graduated from Adelphi College in New York with a degree in education. She started her career teaching at Setauket Elementary School, Long Island, and then taught in the Sparta school system for 32 years. Dedicated to the Sparta community, Adrienne had been a member of the Sparta Women's Club, Sparta Presbyterian Women, Newton Memorial Hospital Women's Auxiliary and enjoyed water color painting, gardening, swimming and was an avid reader. Adrienne is survived by her children Leslie and her husband, Lawrence Cook, of Ridgefield, Conn.; Robert Koochagian and his wife, Robin, of Doylestown, Pa.; and Richard Koochagian and his wife, Julie, of Leesburg, Va. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Kalfaian and his wife, Virginia, of Connecticut. She was blessed with seven grandchildren: Emma, Casey, Sara, Matthew, Michelle, Kyle and Andrew. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be sent to the Alzheimer's Organization (www.alz.org).
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Apr. 21, 2013