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February 16, 1929 May 31, 2019
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Diramayr Knarig Stepanian, Born on February 16, 1929 in Kurk Khan (Iskenderoun), historic Armenia. Knarig was the fourth of five children, Shnorig, Varoujan, Nazareth and Hayzavag, born to Zakar and Marie Majarian. After the untimely passing of her older brother, Nazaret, and the right-hand wrist accident of her mother, Knarig assumed the well-keeping of the house and family, leaving behind the schooling which she missed through her life.
The family was forced to move to Aleppo, Syria, after the French forces were evacuating Turkey.

In 1953, she met Stepan Stepanian at St. Asdvadzadzin Church in Aleppo, Syria, where he was serving as a deacon. They were married and blessed with Nazar (1956) and Maral (1961). Knarig was a devoted wife and worked with her husband to raise a faithful Christian family.

In 1962, they went to Lebanon and settled in Bourj Hamoud, a suburb of Beirut mainly populated by Armenians. eeply faithful, she accepted becoming a Yeretsgin, as Deacon Stepan decided to become a clergy of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The family relocated in Fix, a suburb of Athens, Greece, where Dn. Stepan was ordained Der Daron in 1967.

After a year of hardship, which included the education of their children, the family went back to Lebanon by permission of His Holiness, Khoren I. Working side by side with her husband, they gave their best to their family.

When her husband was paralyzed, after a massive stroke, she became his loving, caring and nursing care-giver from 1977-1981.

Then she was delighted in the marriage of her daughter, Maral to Sarkis Minassian in 1976 and her son, Nazar to Sossi Soukiassian in 1979.

With the arrival of the grandchildren, Hagop Minassian (1978), Vicken Minassian (1981), Daron (1981) and Stepan (1983) Stepanian, her life took another turn from a loving and caring wife and mother to an inspiring and giving grandmother. The grandchildren were the apple of her eye, before anything else. She sacrificed her time and life for the betterment of the grandchildren, always putting them as her first priority .

When Nazar decided to move to America, she, being a member of the household, came to United States in 1986. As she had open heartedly accepted to become Yeretsgin, now she accepted to become a Diramayr to her son, Dn. Nazar, when hw was ordained to priesthood in 1994, taking his father’s name, Der Daron.

The passing of her grandchild, Hagop at the age of 26, took a big toll in her life, though she tried to keep it to herself.

The weddings of her grandchildren, Vicken to Nora, Daron to Fatima, were the happiest times of her life. She was filled with joy as new members were added to her family: great-grandchildren; Hagop, Arman and Cecilia Kohar.

The past four and half years were a testimonial to her faith in the Lord, as she silently endured four strokes, always saying, “Asdoudzo gamkn eh” (It’s the will of God). And, during those difficult years, Diramayr always thanked her beloved daughter, Yn. Sossi, for the care she was receiving from her.

A perfect cook, talented self-made semesters and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Knarig now joins her late husband, Der Daron Stepanian, her parents Zakar and Marie, her brother Nazaret, her sister Shnorig (Apraham) Karabajakian, her brother Varoujan (Ardemis) Majarian, her brother-in-law Archpriest Vazken (Takouhi) Stepanian, in-laws Hagop (Alice) Minassian and late Hagop (Koharig) Soukiassian.

Diramayr Knarig is survived by her children, Archpriest Daron (Yn. Sossi) Stepanian, Maral (Sarkis) Minassian; Grandchildren, Vicken (Nora) Minassian, Daron (Fatima) Stepanian, Stepan Stepanian; Great-grandchildren, Hagop and Arman Minassian, Cecilia Kohar Stepanian; brother, Hayzavag (Margaret) Majarian (Aleppo, Syria) and family; Goddaughter, Mariette Stepanian (FL), and many nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

In State June 5, 2019 Wednesday 5pm to 8:30pm in St Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, with Dan Gark prayers at 7:30pm.
Interment in White Chapel Cemeyery, Troy, MI

The family suggests memorials be sent to either St Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, Dearborn, MI, or St Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church, Eacine, WI, or St. Paul Armenian Apostolic Church, Waukegan, IL

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