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Haig "Vart" Vartabedian

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Vart, as he was known to his friends, passed away at the age of 98 on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at his apartment at Sycamore Glen, Chico. Vart was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 1, 1910 to Antranik and Berjoohy Vartabedian and moved to Chico in September 1910. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Jean; his step-daughter, Linda May Tuttle McCue (whom he raised as his own); and sisters, Hasmik Goodell and Nena Childs; and a brother, Berj.

He was a graduate of Chico High School, class of 1928. Afterwards, Vart proudly served as a member of the Army Air Corps. After his service he returned to Chico to work with his father and eventually took over and operated Cash Cleaners located on Main Street for over 52 years. Vart was also a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion Post 17, Toastmasters, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 218 for over 77 years. After "retirement" he and his wife loved to RV with SIRS in Chico and continued to dabble in alterations and tailoring as recent as six months ago. You could also find Vart at various poker, pool, and other card tables with various area friends and lodge members.

He is survived by his sister, Araks Tolegian of Chico; sons, Andrew Vartabedian of Campbell and Roger H. Vartabedian (Debbie) of Sacramento; daughter, Carol Gregg (Gerry) of Los Angeles; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His extended family all reside in California.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Chico Cemetery on Mangrove Avenue, Chico with a reception following at the Eagles Hall in Chico.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in Vart's name may do so to the Elks Lodge, American Legion Post 17, or Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 218 by contacting Brusie Funeral Home.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2008
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