Obituary: Mary Hamparian (1927-2011)

Mary “Manooshag” Aljian Hamparian was born on March 28, 1927. She was the loyal daughter of Armenian Genocide survivors Nishan and Zevarte Aljian, the loving husband of Ardashes Hamparian, the devoted mother of Lorig, Aram, and Raffi, the proud grandmother of Mher, Aram, Areni, Zabelle, Sune, Meghri, and Ardashes, and the caring sister of Thomas, Janet, Doris, and Diane.

Mary Hamparian

She was a proud daughter of the Armenian nation, a fierce advocate for truth, and a tireless defender of justice who, with her husband Ardashes, raised a faithful family devoted to the Armenian Cause and the proposition that all peoples have a right to sit as equals among the family of nations.

Mary passed away on Oct. 30, 2011. Wake and Viewing Services will be held on Wed., Nov. 2, from 7-9 p.m. (with the service at 8 p.m.) at Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, 461 Bergen Blvd. in Ridgefield, N.J. Funeral Church Services will be held on Thurs., Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, immediately followed by burial service at

G. Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, N.J. It will be presided by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, the Prelate of Armenian Apostolic Church Eastern United States.

Upon the request of the family, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), 1711 N Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 or  the Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, 461 Bergen Blvd. in Ridgefield, N.J.

May the Lord illuminate the soul of our beloved Mary in heavenly lights and to you all may God grant the consolation of His Holy Spirit. Amen.


  1. Condolences to the Hamparian family for the loss of their beloved Mary.  Mrs. Hamparian was a strong, dignified and righteous woman, resolute in promoting the welfare of our community and the advancement of our collective cause. After living a good life and having raised a fine family who carry on your noble legacy, Rest in Peace. 

  2. Hay Tahd was her life mission! She gave it her children, and surely more grandchildren who will pave the way for the cause in next decades!

    I will miss having her warm smile welcoming me at the ANCA office. 

    Tsavaktsounieres yev gyanke tsezi Raffi, Aram yev Lorig! 

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