Yeretzgin Armenouhi (Katmarian) Vertanesian was called home on April 23rd while living in Hamden, Massachusetts. She was born in 1926 in Latakia, Syria to parents Stepanos and Zarouhi (Levonian) Katmarian who were survivors of the deportations/genocide of Armenians from Keutahia and Aintab in 1915. She was predeceased by her husband Rev. Arch. Sahag Vertanesian. Armenouhi was a teacher in the Armenian school when she met the love of her life who was also a teacher. They were married and had three daughters: Maro, Nora, and Dzovig. They lived in Cyprus and then moved to the United States, land of the free in hopes of providing their children better opportunities and to follow God’s calling. Her husband was ordained a priest in the Armenian Apostolic Church in 1963 and they served the communities of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, Chicago, Illinois, Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and North Andover, Massachusetts, retiring in Springfield, Massachusetts. Armenouhi was always supportive of her husband in the church communities, especially sharing her Armenian cuisine specialties and knowledge of the culture. She was a girl scout leader in her early years and a continuous member of the Armenian Relief Society, as her mother was, and very active in the church. Yeretzgin Armenouhi Vertanesian is survived by daughter Maro and husband Jacques Nalabandian and grandchildren Garo and wife Michelle, Christopher and Taleen; daughter Nora and husband Taniel Varoujan Santourian and sons Shant and Raffi; and daughter Dzovig and husband Brian Peterkin- Vertanesian. She is also survived by her beloved brother Agob and wife Ursel Katmarian of Canada and family, sister Alice and husband Harout Eskenian and family in Germany, and brother Krikor and wife Linda Katmarian and family of California. She leaves nieces and nephews around the globe. Many memorable family reunions and outings were shared. She was recently a resident of the memory care unit of Life Care/Vero Health & Rehab in Hamden and was cared for by the very caring, professional, and friendly staff as well as her loving daughters and families. The Family will observe private services and burial will be on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Parker St. Springfield. Visit www.ratellfuneralhome.com to view the obituary and leave memories and condolences. In lieu of flowers, donations in Armenouhi’s memory may be sent to the Armenia Tree Project at www.armeniatree.org or the Armenian Relief Society or to St. Gregory Armenian Church at P.O. Box 51064, Indian Orchard, MA 01151.
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St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church
135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard MA 01151