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Arpene Simonian


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Arpene Simonian Obituary
1926 - August 10, 2016 We are sad to announce the passing of our sweet sister, wife and aunt on August 10, 2016. Her life was a shining example of compassion, empathy, generosity and love. Arpene was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1926 to Artin Kitabjian and Beatrice (Matossian) Kitabjian, both survivors of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 committed by Ottoman Turkish Government. She received her primary education at the Immaculate Conception School and the American High School in Aleppo before immigrating to Chicago where she lived with her aunt, Behia Tejirian. She met Popkin Simonian on a blind date and they were married in Chicago on August 9, 1953. They moved to sunny Southern California in 1957 to be close to other family members and start a new life. Arpene and Popkin could not have been better matched in their desire to help others and both generously gave their efforts and resources to others in need, including all of their nieces and nephews, and even some children of their friends who needed help with college tuition. They meticulously kept track of birthdays, graduations and holidays and sent gifts and well wishes to all. Arpene and Popkin both were great hosts and entertained often in their home in the Eagle Rock area. Arpene's cooking surpassed all others, and her family and friends appreciated it immensely. In addition to family get-togethers, they freely opened their home for different organizational meetings including the Knights of Vartan and the Ararat Home of Los Angeles. She was past Matron of the Pasadena Ladies' Chapter (Varteni Otyag) of the Knights of Vartan, where she was a member for 51 years, and also served on the Ladies' Grand Council. She was a member of the San Gabriel Valley Ararat Guild and a member of the Saint Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church of Pasadena. She is survived by her sister Shaké (Garbis) Balekjian, her brother Dr. Gregory (Alice) Ketabgian, her husband, Popkin Simonian, and numerous godchildren, nieces, nephews and their children. The funeral services will be held on Friday, August 19th at 12 noon at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, Old North Church and burial on site. In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to Saint Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church, 2215 E. Colorado. Pasadena, CA 91107.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 14, 2016
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