Ann Assadourian

ann assadourian

April 21, 1930 ~ December 19, 2019

Assadourian, Ann (nee: Mendikian), age 89, of North Bergen, NJ, on Thursday, December 19, 2019. Born in Washington Heights, New York, to Aram Mendikian, of Kayseri, Turkey, and Rose (Tekeyan), of Izmir, Turkey, Ann was raised in Flushing, New York. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Queens College, of Flushing, NY. Ann was an exceptional academic who spoke six languages, including Armenian, Turkish, Spanish, French, Portuguese and English. She married Dr. Fred Assadourian in 1954. Their two month honeymoon in Europe was just the first of their many adventures throughout the world. In addition to travel, they both shared a passion for, and were actively involved in Armenian causes and the Armenian Church. Ann was a dedicated parishioner and member of the Women's Guild of Holy Cross Armenian Church, of Union City, NJ. She also was a highly efficient and steadfast assistant to her husband in the editing and reviewing of Armenian books and publications. She poured love and attention into everything she did, whether it be advocating for Armenian causes, nurturing her cherished family or friendships, or attending to her lovely garden. Ann was a unique and outstanding mother, wife, daughter and sister. Ann's family received her passionate care and deep love for them in so many special ways. Ann will be forever and lovingly remembered for her quick mind, inquisitive nature, inexhaustible patience, her astute insight and wisdom, her endearing sense of humor and love for a play on words, her gentle heart, her ever supportive and encouraging ways, her particular gift for welcoming and engaging each and every caller and visitor to her home with special attention and enthusiasm, making all feel uniquely appreciated, her sense of fun and slightly mischievous inclinations, her enjoyment of entertaining long time friends at late night bridge games, her love of classical music, nature and small animals, her warm and vibrant smile, typically colored in lively coral, and her favorite things: sunflowers, cardinals, and the color yellow. Treasured wife of the late Dr. Fred Assadourian. Beloved mother of Gary and his wife, Ana, Brian and his wife, Lisa, and loving grandmother to their son, Aram. Dear sister of the late Margaret Mendikian.

The family received friends and extended family on Monday, December 23, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at St. Leon's Armenian Apostolic Church, Fairlawn, NJ. Religious services were held at 11:30 a.m. Interment followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Flushing, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Leon's Armenian Church, Fairlawn, NJ, or Holy Cross Armenian Church, Union City, NJ.


Funeral Service: December 23, 2019 11:30 am

St. Leon's Armenian Apostolic Church
12-61 Saddle River Road
Fairlawn, NJ 07410

Visitation: December 23, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am

St. Leon's Armenian Apostolic Church
12-61 Saddle River Road
Fairlawn, NJ 07410

Final Resting Place:

Cedar Grove
130-04 Horace Harding Expressway

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  1. I can see her as clear as day in my mind. Ann was the classiest most intelligent mother to my best friend From childhood; Brian. She was such a patient caring women from the greatest generation. I know how loved she is by her sons; I know how cherished she was by her husband Fred. I pray that Gary, Brian and all of her loved ones find comfort in the reunion of her soul with Fred and her ancestors in heaven.

    Gerald Sanzari

  2. Back in the days of land lines, when I would call to speak to Brian and “Mama Assadourian” would answer, I’d end up spending more time speaking with her than to Brian. She had such a charming, warm and engaging personality. She would invariable end the conversation by saying “oh dear Gary, I know you didn’t call to speak with me so let me find Brian for you”. What she didn’t know was in large part…I did 🙂

  3. We might as well have been related; I called her "Aunt Ann" my entire life. I have such fond memories of family gatherings when I was a youngster. She always seemed so happy to see me; it made me feel special.

    I will miss her.

  4. Dear Garry, Brian and Assadourian family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jacqueline and I send our condolences.

    May Mrs. Assadourian Rest In Peace. May God illuminate her soul. May her positive emanations continue to touch all her loved ones.

    My first recollection of Mrs. Assadourian goes back to age 14 in 1972 when Mr. and Mrs. Assadourian were driving Garry and I to St. Nerses Seminary – summer religious camp. I was impressed with her energy, intellect, worldly knowledge and what a wonderful and dedicated mother she was to my friend Garry and his brother Brian.

  5. Please accept my late condolences.

    I barely remember meeting your mom and dad but I have heard fond stories of times with them and my mother Jackie and Great grandmother Bea (Edith) from Pennsylvania. They were very unique and special people.

    Yvonne Johnson
    (Jackie’s daughter)

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