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Else S. Agajanian

POUGHKEEPSIE - Else S. Agajanian triumphed through many battles but on April 28, 2014 lost her heroic 14-year struggle with ovarian cancer. With the help of her family, friends and the amazing doctors and staff at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Else courageously endured surgeries, clinical trials and countless chemotherapy treatments, facing each new hurdle with grace and determination. She passed away peacefully to be with the Lord at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, surrounded by her family. Else was born on Berg farm in Frogn, Norway on February 3, 1940. She came to the United States in 1961, settling in Poughkeepsie, where in 1965 she met and married her husband of 43 years, Arthur H. Agajanian. Else and Arthur had three children and three grandchildren. Before marriage, Else worked as an au pair and then for the Hudson River Psychiatric Center. When her children were older, she rejoined the workforce, working at Sears while earning her nursing degree from Dutchess Community College. Upon graduation, she worked as a Registered Nurse at Castle Point Veterans Administration Hospital until her retirement. Else was an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking, knitting, taking long walks and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also traveled with her husband to Norway, the Canary Islands, Madrid, London, Paris and the Caribbean. Else volunteered for many charities, including the Girl Scouts, the Vietnamese Refugee Mission and the American Cancer Society. Else was perhaps best known for her devotion to her family, friends, faith and church. She loved connecting with people. Going places with Else meant running into friends, making new friends or both. She was an active member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church since her arrival in this country in 1961, serving multiple roles including as a Sunday School teacher, on the alter guild and as the choir mother for the children's choir. Else was predeceased by her husband, Arthur. She is survived by her sisters and their families, Gerd Rønning (Jørn) of Vollen, Norway and Wenche Børresen (Jan) of Drøbak, Norway; her brothers, Johan H. Faergestad of Frogn, Norway and Einar Faergestad of Oslo, Norway; her children, Linda C. Hill (Trevor) of Poughkeepsie, Anita S. Tucker (Tony) of Newton, Massachusetts and Aram J. Agajanian of Poughkeepsie; and her much-loved grandchildren, Annika Hill, Miles Tucker and Zane Tucker. Visiting hours are on Sunday, May 4 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM at Wm. G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 5 at 11:00 AM at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie, with the Rev. Daniel Ward presiding, followed by interment at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. A light lunch will follow at St. John's. Donations in memory of Else may be given to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Boulevard, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603 or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at or at MSK Office of Development, Attention Jocelyn Gamburd, 633 Third Avenue, 28th Floor, New York, New York 10017. If you would like to leave an online condolence please visit

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from May 2 to May 4, 2014
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