Obituary: Rose Skenderian

Rose Skenderian of Laguna Hills died Monday, July 30, 2012 of natural causes at the age of 104.

She was born to the late Mugerdich and Sultan Hamparzoomian on Nov. 28, 1907, in Parlier, Calif., and is the last survivor of siblings May, Gerard, Charles, Lena, and Barr.

When a young girl, Rose’s family moved to Fowler, Calif., where she graduated from Fowler High School in 1927. She lived with her family on a grape farm until she married the late Vahan Skenderian on Sept. 14, 1935. After living in Fresno and giving birth to two sons, Vahan, Jr. and Morris, the family moved to Los Angeles in 1944 where Vahan senior continued his occupation in the radiator repair industry. Their third son, Daniel, was born in Los Angeles.

In 1951, the family moved to San Gabriel and then to San Marino in 1959. After being widowed in 1979, Rose moved to Laguna Beach where she resided for many years. Recently, she lived in an assisted living home in Laguna Hills until her passing.

Skenderian devoted her life to being a full time wife and mother. While living in the San Gabriel Valley, she was a member of St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church in Pasadena. She was the one of the founders and first president of the Daughters of Vartan in Pasadena.

Skenderian was a very active, independent, and confident woman with a wonderful sense of humor. She was adored and loved by many friends and family. She was a graduate of California Commercial College in Fresno, and held interests in politics, map reading, and, of course, tending her large family.

She is survived by her sons, Vahan of Long Beach, Morris of Laguna Beach, and Daniel of Claremont; three daughters-in-law, Sharon, Stephany, and Ann; grandchildren, Nancy, Todd, Jay, Marcus, Marcy, and Nicholas; and great grandchildren, Lena, Nathan, Travis, Bradley, Ashley, Shea, Perry, Sam, Jack, Courtney and Colin.

She will be missed by all. Graveside services will be held on Aug. 4 at 3:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Mortuary-Hollywood Hills. The family suggests that donations be made to Saint Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church, 2215 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, Calif., 91107.

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