Nover Gulekjian

nover gulekjian

August 3, 1920 ~ January 9, 2017

Nover Gulekjian entered into her eternal rest on January 9, 2017. She is survived by her loving daughter, Sira Gulekjian and her loving son, Dr. Jacques Hagop Gulekjian, her beloved grandchildren, Tania, Araz and Céline, her beloved great-grandchildren, Maxime, Nicolas, Aline, Elia, Taline, Charles, Henry and Levon, and her loving sisters Araxie Hakimian and Marie-Jeanne Der Torosian, as well as all her extended family members.
We say goodbye to Nover Gulekjian, a lady who meant a lot to her family and friends. Her name Nover means GIFT… she gifted us with her calm, peaceful manner and dignity. She had a pure heart, a complex history and magical character that blessed all who met her.
Born in Tarsus, Turkey in 1921, Nover Haigian is the oldest of 4 sisters, Eugenie, Araxie and Marijan. By the age of four, she arrived in Beirut where the land and language was to be her new home. By 16 years old, she was married, by 23 she was a widow with two children. Her dedication was to educate her children and deliver good values. By 50 years old, she was responsible for sewing the American Univ. of Beirut medical staff uniforms. Nover helped her son and daughter to grow in a lively town and enjoy their lives, relentlessly supporting their education goals and see them married with a grandchild. Lebanon’s war forced her to move countries once more, to unite with her son and daughter and settle eventually in Fort Lee, N.J. on January 9, 1977, this was 40 years exactly to her last day with us this week. She made sure that we saw her alertness and embrace her soft soul within us to the last days. She always wanted that we celebrate and live our lives as she watches from above.

Services will take place as follows:

St. Thomas Armenian Church
Tenafly, NJ
Thursday, January 12, 2017
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

St.Thomas Armenian Church
Tenafly, NJ
Friday, January 13, 2017
11:00 AM

Final Resting Place
Brookside Cemetery
Englewood, NJ
Friday, January 13, 2017

In place of flowers, you may direct your donations to the charities
she supported:

Armenian Relief Society
Spitak Chapter
C/O A. Hagopian
2140 North 5th St
Stroudsburg PA 18360

Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) Zurich Chapter c/o G.
150 N. Radnor Chester Road, F200
Radnor, PA 19087



Funeral Service: January 13, 2017 11:00 am

St. Thomas Armenian Church
E.Clinton & U.S. No.9
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Final Resting Place:

Brookside Cemetery
425 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ 07631

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  1. On behalf of Bastian family we express our deepest condolences to Gulekjian family.
    Tantik Nover was and will always be the Tantik who had a special place in my heart. She was intelligent lady with a lot of integrity , honor, energy , perseverance, hardworking and strong memory second to none. Her dedication to her children, grand children, sisters, nieces, nephews and relatives will always be missed.. Nobody can deny that her generation post Armenian Genocide was the pillar to keep us strong, alive and determined to survive and succeed as a nation.
    I am extremely sorry that I cannot attend the funeral due to difficulties in finding a replacement to cover me in my absence but we will pray for her and hope to visit her resting place in the very near future.
    May God Bless Her Soul
    Tony Bastian and Family

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