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Dorothy Garabedian

March 19, 1927 January 5, 2021
Dorothy Garabedian
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Dorothy (Jemal) Garabedian passed away on January 5, 2021 at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Haig Der Garabedian, cherished mother of James (Genya) Derian, Lisa (Jerry) Kuchera, and Peter (Sue) Garabedian. Proud and loving grandmother of Sam Derian, Van Derian, Lora Derian, Jacob Garabedian, Rachel Garabedian, Zachary Garabedian, Josh Klein and Sarah Klein. Loving sister and sister-in-law of the late Alex and Lily Jemal, and Leo and Joanne LeVon. Dorothy was also loved by her many dear nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and colleagues.

Dorothy graduated as the class salutatorian of Grosse Pointe High School in 1945, where she was also the editor in chief of the school newspaper. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she served as one of the editors of the Michigan Daily. After her three children were born, she attained her Master’s Degree in Psychology and an Educational Specialist Degree in Diagnostic Testing.

Dorothy worked as a school psychologist with the Berkley schools for 40 years. She loved her job, her colleagues and the hundreds of children she helped over the years to understand and overcome their learning issues.

Dorothy was blessed with good health and had a multitude of interests. She was an avid tennis player for many years. She fondly remembered playing in her youth with her state champion brother Alex, whom she adored. She spent many blissful summers together with family and friends at the family’s cottage on Lake Michigan.

Dorothy loved music and writing poetry, some of which was published and all of which was treasured by her family. She loved singing alto to her husband Haig’s bass, and they performed Handel’s Messiah with the Fort Street Chorale for many years. She painted in watercolors, sewed and knitted for family, friends and her Presbyterian church’s Shawl Ministry. She also enjoyed current events, reading, gardening, cooking and feeding her backyard birds. But she was her happiest when gathered with family and friends. She was a dedicated caregiver, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

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