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WILLIAM "Bill" NORAIAN

December 25, 1928 ~ February 18, 2022 (age 93)

Obituary

William M. “Bill” Noraian, 93, of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL and Bloomington, IL peacefully joined his heavenly family at 5:45 am on Friday, February 18, 2022, while at Holy Cross Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale. Born Mgrditch, named after St. John the Baptist, on December 25, 1928, in Melvindale, Michigan, he was the third child of Armenian Genocide survivors, Andon and Vartanoush (nee Aghabalian)  Noraian. As survivors meeting in the Genocide, his parents probably would have never met.  Andon was unsuccessful at finding his first wife and daughter, whom he thought may have been forced to march across the desert to a concentration camp for Armenians in Deir ez-Zur, Syria. Subsequently, he and Vartanoush later married. Together with his wife, he taught his son that after family, there was nothing more important than an education – one that the two of them did not have the chance to get. His last wish for his granddaughters was for them to be happy.

Those who knew Bill admired his honesty and integrity, his ability to cook, and his love of children. Being born around the Great Depression, he started working as a stocker at Mel’s Grocery Store. at the age of nine, to help the family. Later he ascended to a butcher where he learned meat preparation, which made him an expert at preparing lamb legs for the Armenian delicacy, shish kebab. He graduated from Melvindale High School, where he played on the state championship football team, which was his favorite sport. Entering the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he was stationed in Sapporo, Japan, where he mastered the use of chopsticks and was Sergeant of the Officers’ Mess, which developed his culinary skills.

Upon returning from the war, he married Anahid “Anne” Asadourian on May 2, 1953.  Bill became a hydraulics apprentice at Cadillac Motorcar Company and went on to open used car dealerships around Detroit.  They had a chosen baby, Dr. Kirk Noraian, whom they cherished and nurtured to reach his personal and professional dream of becoming a periodontist. Bill and Anne were devoted to each other and were inseparable for the next 53 years.

Bill became General Manager for Mike Dorian Ford, owned by Anne’s brother. That was the last remaining Ford Dealership in the Detroit city limits at the time. Given his expertise, Ford Motor Dealer Development selected to groom him for the Ford dealership in Las Vegas, NV.  But his family ties to Detroit were so strong, he and Anne chose not to relocate. Many companies sought to hire him for his unmatched fair work ethic, and he was recruited to go into the medical laboratory business. The physicians in the group encouraged him to go into business for himself; so. he created Aarco Laboratory Management Company, which supported medical testing and portable radiology services across the lower peninsula of Michigan.

As a cohesive and loving family, Anne and Bill enjoyed the marriage of Kirk, to his gracious, compassionate, and caring wife, Dr. Monica Nicole Cousins, and the birth of their two granddaughters, Emma Rose Cousins Noraian, and Celeste Nicole Cousins Noraian. During retirement, he left Detroit to split his time between Ft. Lauderdale and Bloomington which allowed him to have the chance to watch his granddaughters grow and see their activities at Mulberry and the ISU lab schools. In retirement for over 30 years, he was the unofficial mayor of the Royal Coast Condominium in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, dutifully completing his fiduciary role as Condo Board President for over 10 years, and as Board Member for over 25 years. Bill was a proud Shriner and member of the Knights of Vartan of the Armenian Church. After Anne’s passing, he became better acquainted with LeeAnn Linder at the Royal Coast who became his long-time companion and they cared for each other deeply.

FAMILY MEMBERS

Bill Noraian was the loving companion of Lee Ann Linder. Dearest father of Dr. Kirk W. (Dr. Monica) Noraian. Loving “Babou” of Emma and Celeste. Dear Brother of the late John (Lucille) Noraian, and the late George (late Agnes) Noraian. Cousin of the late Jerry (late Artemis) Norian. Beloved Uncle Bill of nieces and nephews of the Noraian (Norian), Dorian, Ghazarian, and Parsigian families. He will be missed by many relatives and friends.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Visitation Thursday, March 3, 2022 – 5:30-7:30 PM – with Dan Gark Prayers at 7:00 PM

          Kibler Brady Ruestman Memorial Home, 1104 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL 61701

Funeral Services Friday, March 4, 2022 – 10:30 am – (Family will receive friends 10 AM to 10:30AM)

          St. John Lutheran Church, 1617 E. Emerson St., Bloomington, IL 61701

Entombment to follow in Cemetery

          Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, 302 E. Miller St., Bloomington, IL 61701

Memorial Luncheon at 1:00PM

          Bloomington Country Club, 605 Towanda Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701

MEMORIAL DONATIONS

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice of:           

St. John Armenian  Church, 22001 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, MI 48075

St. John Lutheran Church, 1617 E. Emerson St., Bloomington, IL 61701

Holy Cross Health, 4725 N. Federal Hwy. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

 FAMILY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The Noraian family wishes to thank Very Rev. Father Aren Jebejian and Fr. David Glesne, family and friends for their support and condolences, and appreciates the coordination of Mr. Simon Javizian and Mr. Dan Brady during this time.

 CONDOLENCES

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 IN CARE OF ARRANGEMENTS

Simon Javizian Funeral Directors are in care of the funeral arrangements in coordination with Mr. Dan Brady of Kibler Brady Ruestman Memorial Home  

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
March 3, 2022

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Kibler Brady Ruestman Memorial Home
1104 N. Main Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

Funeral Service
Friday
March 4, 2022

10:30 AM
St John Lutheran Church
1617 E. Emerson Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

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