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Helen H. Ohanian

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icon April 5, 1932 - May 28, 2015 Helen Hripsime Ohanian was born on April 5, 1932 in Aleppo, Syria. She was the child of Avedis and Yepraksi Arakelian, both genocide survivors who were born in Aintab, Turkey. Helen grew up in Jerusalem before moving to Detroit, Michigan in 1954 to marry Van Vahan Ohanian. Van and Helen moved to Toluca Lake, CA in 1969 where they successfully operated Van Ohanian Jewelers. She later assisted her son in law and daughter, Peter and Sylvia Generales, in the operation of Generales & Generales Fine Jewellers, also in Toluca Lake, CA. Helen resided in Toluca Lake for 46 years where she enjoyed the company of close friends and family. She is survived by her daughter Sylvia (Peter) Generales, sons Terry (Ann) Ohanian and Diron (Gohar) Ohanian, as well as her six grandchildren, Nicholas Generales, Markos Generales, Kristen Ohanian, Emma Ohanian, Alex Vahan Ohanian and Olivia Yepraksi Ohanian. In lieu of flowers, donations to the AGBU Society, Providence St. Joseph Med. Ctr., or St. Charles Borromeo would be appreciated.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 2, 2015
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