Sossy Akatcherian Obituary


WESTCHESTER, Calif. — Sossy Chalian Akatcherian passed away on June 15. She was predeceased by her husband, Khatchik.

Sossy Chalian was born on January 2, 1941 in Tripoli, Lebanon to her parents Dikran and Jannette Chalian. She was the eldest of four children and loved her siblings: Hovsep Chalian, Sebouh Chalian and Shoghig Chalian Tarpinian.

She attended Nubarian Varjaran Elementary School and American Tripoli Girls’ High School, where she was an avid ping pong player in the Armenian Club and a member of the Armenian Youth Organization Homenetmen.

In 1960, the Chalian Family moved to Beirut, Lebanon. There, she taught English Literature to 10th and 11th graders at Achenag College in Ashrefieh. She had a love for art and clothing design. When she was only 15 years old, she took tailoring lessons and began to flourish in fashion design. She won first place in a local designing competition for a design she made using curtain materials from her home. She continued her passion for designing and sewing by making beautiful clothes for herself, her sister, mother and eventually her own children and grand-daughters.

At 19, she travelled with a dance group to Dhour Shwear in Lebanon and participated in a Tango Dance competition, where she won first place. Her love for music, dance, art, and design fostered a passion for life she maintained with her exuberant, vivacious spirit.

She later married Khatchik Akatcherian in 1962 and became a mother to three children: Betty, Heratch and Maral. Due to the war in Lebanon, during the early 1970s, the family was forced to escape to the United States. The family eventually moved to Weehauken, NJ. She quickly became a loyal member of the Vartanats Church.

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Around 1979, the Akatcherian Family moved from New Jersey to California; finally settling in Westchester. She quickly gravitated towards the Armenian Church community at St. James Apostolic Armenian church; where she served on various committees and was one of the founding members of the first Saturday School at St. James in 1980. She was also a proud Armenian Church Youth Organization (ACYO) parent and continued to surround herself and her family with God and the church.

Sossy and her husband Khatchik used to host Deurt Yoltsi members and participate in activities of the Tekeyan organization in the 1980s and early 1990s.

She served on the St. James Ladies Society as vice chair and enjoyed bingo with the Fellowship Club. She was always delighted in helping organize many church events.

Sossy always tried to stay active with her exercise at the YMCA and made a wonderful group of friends. However, her favorite activity was being surrounded by her family and friends. She was proud of and cherished all of her Grandchildren: Janine, Alec, Natasha, Christopher and Taline.

She was survived by: Her daughter Betty Sarkissian, her husband Armen and their children Janine and Alec; her son Heratch Akatcherian, his wife Carol and their children Natasha and Christopher and her daughter Maral Reyes, her husband Julio and their daughter Taline.


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