Obituary: Elizabeth Mangassarian (1928-2011)

Elizabeth Hripsime Mangassarian, born July 8, 1928 in New York City, passed away peacefully on the morning of Jan. 3, 2011.

Lizzy, as she was affectionately known, graduated from Walton High School and took courses at New York Community College. She was a bookkeeper, office manager, and administrative assistant during her working years at Rembrandt Photoengraving, Master Eagle Photoengraving, and Speedgraphics in New York. She also had various part-time jobs (as many as three at one time!) in order to put her children through college. Elizabeth relocated to Rocky Hill, Conn., where she was living at the time of her death, in order to be closer to her family.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents Mary (Antreasian) and Dikran Kandigian, husband Albert Varoujan Mangassarian, and brother Charles Kandigian. She is survived by her daughter Anita and her husband Carl Bolz, her son John and his wife June (Megerdichian), and her nephew Armin Kandigian. She is also survived by her two granddaughters Diana Anahid Wyman (and her husband Eric) and Michelle Tamar Bolz.

Lizzy was especially proud of her two great granddaughters, Elizabeth (Beth) Anoush Wyman and Rebecca (Becca) Carine Wyman. They were the apples of her eye.

Lizzy was an avid reader, theatergoer, and traveler. She mostly enjoyed being with family and friends. She always marveled at how blessed she was to have so many loving friends and relatives. Lizzy touched many people with her sense of humor and caring. She will always be remembered for her thoughtfulness and strength of character by friends and family who were blessed to know her.

Funeral services were held at Doolittle Funeral Home in Middletown, Conn., as well as Farenga Funeral Home in Astoria, N.Y. She was laid to rest in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Flushing, N.Y., with her husband Albert Mangassarian.

The family requests all gifts in lieu of flowers be donated to Camp Haiastan of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), P.O. Box C, Franklin, MA 02038, or to St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 167 Tremont St., New Britain, CT 06051, in her memory.

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