Nina Mary Manougian
Paramus - Nina Mary Manougian, 31, of Paramus, NJ, passed away suddenly on May 6th, 2021 in a traffic accident. Born and raised in Saddle River, she graduated from Ramsey High School and continued her studies at the University of Vermont, Florence University of the Arts, and would have graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rutgers University-Newark on May 16th, 2021.
Nina was a prolific artist who worked with various media as well as a vocalist, acclaimed by faculty for possessing unmatched gifts and talent. She exemplified the desire to know and express oneself with rich and vivid authenticity, living with a sense of wonder at the world through vast interests in music, style, and history. A voracious reader and lifelong learner, Nina was the ultimate conversationalist, having a deep and wide breadth of knowledge across various subjects. She was also trilingual and passionate about her Armenian-Italian heritage, creating a graphic short story about the life of her grandfather, an Armenian Genocide survivor, and studying art in Florence. In the last year, she greatly desired but was unable to to travel to and serve those in need in the war-torn Armenian region of Artsakh, for which she had purchased a flag to fly in solidarity with. She was also an animal lover, particularly doting over the family dogs, enjoyed live music and concerts, and just about any venue that would channel creativity. In recent months, she had taken an interest in photography which she incorporated into her final projects at Rutgers.
Nina is remembered by family and loved ones for her infectious warmth, compassion, sense of humor, selflessness, thrift, creativity, and thoughtful generosity. Tirelessly deliberate in her relationships with family and friends, she often crafted and gave gifts according to the most nuanced of loved ones' tastes and personalities. Nina's expressiveness had a subtle meekness and sense of humor: While she shied away from giving a speech at her sister's wedding, she toasted the happy couple with an Italian love song, having blessed the ceremony with the bride's favorite hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul".
Nina is survived by her parents, Dr. Ara and Dr. Toni Manougian; sister Ani, brother-in-law Marc Kiredjian, and nephew, Kapriel; maternal grandparents, Vincent and Theresa Falcone; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Memorial arrangements were made in private. In Nina's memory, donations can be made to AMAA's Sponsor a Child in Armenia/Artsakh Fund (found at amaa.donorshops.com
), a cause that was very close to Nina's heart.
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Published by The Record/Herald News from Jun. 17 to Jun. 18, 2021.