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FRIEDA MELIKEY HARTUNIAN

June 3, 1933 June 5, 2019
FRIEDA MELIKEY HARTUNIAN
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Frieda was born June 3, 1933 in Highland Park, Michigan. Her parents were George Kelel who
immigrated from Lebanon and Katy Popeck from Austria. She was the youngest of eight
children. She had a wonderful childhood and created many fond memories of that time. She
was very athletic and played softball, basketball and later took up bowling and golf. She
graduated from Highland Park High School where she made many friends and she would keep
in touch with them.
Frieda also met her future husband during high school, but did not date
until after graduation. Her first job was at Fanny Farmer's Candy and then onto a job at
Western Electric. She always joked that her work there kept her in good shape, especially her
figure. Her family was very protective of her. For any man to get close to her was quite a feat
for suitors. Frieda and Gordon Hartunian had their first date when they met at a movie theatre
but it was the date at a private party that brought them closer. He was able to win her heart
and married on 2/27/54.
Marty, their first child, was born on Christmas of 1954 and she would
joke about people counting the months between the marriage and his birth (by the way, it was
10 months) and also joked that she should have named him Jesus. Gordon Jr. came next on
9/21/57. Their youngest son, John, came along 2/6/63. She raised the three boys and took
care of her father-in-law for many years. Frieda made many wonderful memories for the boys
because she and their Aunt Carol and cousins would spend a lot oftime at Cass Lake. After
burning out the boys at the lake, she would come home, make dinner and dress up and go out
with Gordon and friends until the wee hours of the night.
Gordon and Frieda founded ABC Warehouse in 1963. She worked there for many years.
The employees had a lot of respect for her and loved her wicked sense of humor.
Frieda loved music, especially Frank Sinatra and Bob Seger. She loved singing karaoke.
She would insist on playing the tapes from karaoke sessions in her car and forced us to listen over
and over again.
She loved people and got energy from them. At the drop of a hat, she would hold parties with ease.
Gordon and Frieda bought a condo in Boca Raton, Florida and owned it for twenty years. This was Frieda's happy place.
She loved sunshine, the pool and the beach. She loved to tan and her olive skin always glowed.
When her boys grew up, they found their wives and started families of their own. Marty
married Joyce and they had Jason, Lindsey and Steven. Gordon Jr. first married Robin and had
Nick. After they divorced, he married Kelly who brought with her a son, Gary. John married Sue and they hadKara and James.
Frieda was happy when Lindsey married Joe and they had her only Great Grandchild, Gordon. For the last six months of
Her life, little Gordy won Fireda’s heart.
Frieda was beautiful, smart, smiled and laughed a lot (her smile was gorgeous), loyal great sense of humor,
Loved to p;arty and loved people around her.

FAMILY MEMBERS
Beloved wife of Gordon. Dear mother of Martin (Joyce), Gordon Jr. (Kelly) and John (Sue). Predeceased by her siblings Charles Kelel (Shirley), Mary Bennet, James Kelel (Carole), Lillian Johnson (Bud), Joseph (Mildred), Naiff (Sharon) and Fred (Christine). Dear grandmother of Nick, Jason, Lindsey VanderMarliere (Joe), Steven, Kara, James and Gary. Dear great-grandmother of Gordon VanderMarliere. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Frieda was a partner of ABC Warehouse and worked there for many years. As the matriarch of the Hartunian clan, she hosted many family get togethers and enjoyed time spent with her long time friends.

Causes important to Frieda were the fight against cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to one of these causes in her memory.

Visitation Tuesday 12 noon to 8 p.m. at Desmond & Sons (32515 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48073). The family will also receive friends Wednesday 10 a.m. to time of service 11 a.m. at St. John Armenian Church (22001 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075).

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Visitation

Tuesday

11

Jun

12:00 PM 6/11/2019 12:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/11/2019 8:00:00 PM
A.J. Desmond & Son

23515 Woodward Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48073

Visiitation begins at 12 noon

A.J. Desmond & Son
23515 Woodward Avenue Royal Oak 48073 MI
United States

funeral service

Wednesday

12

Jun

11:00 AM 6/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
St John Armenian Church

22001 Northwestern Hwy; Southfield , MI 48075
Southfield, MI 48075

In State at 10:00am

St John Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Hwy; Southfield , MI 48075 Southfield 48075 MI
United States
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