Obituary: Helen Nazarian Pompeian, 87

Obituary: Helen Nazarian Pompeian, 87

January 2, 2013

Helen Nazarian Pompeian passed away on Dec. 17 at St. Mary’s Hospital
at the age of 87.

She was born and raised in Pontiac, Mich., and worked as a probate
registrar of the Juvenile Court of Oakland County. In 1945, she
married Edward Pompeian. In 1972, she moved to Rochester, Minn., for
her son to receive medical care at the Mayo Clinic, and a year later
donated a kidney to him. She wrote about these tribulations in her
book, Gifts of Love and Life. Helen dedicated her life to her family
and was an advocate for bringing hope to other transplant patients and
their families. For many years she worked as a secretary at her son’s
real estate firm and later worked as an administrative assistant at
the Gift of Life Transplant House. She was a member of the Armenian
Cultural Organization of Minnesota and Ascension Evangelical Lutheran

Helen was a beautiful woman full of courage, strength, and compassion.
She enjoyed entertaining and cooking Armenian food, sharing life
stories and experiences, and spending time with her grandchildren. She
was preceded in death by her father, mother, and sisters Alice, May,
and Isabelle. She is survived by her brothers Paul Nazarian and
Richard Kirk, sister Janet (Edward) Mardigian, daughter Sharon
(Michael) Maraian, son Edward (Jayne) Pompeian, and five grandchildren
Paul (Arous) Maraian, Edward, Aaron, Nicholas, and Adrienne Pompeian,
and one great-granddaughter Araxi Helen Maraian.

Memorials are requested to be sent to the Gift of Life Transplant
House in Rochester. Online condolences are welcome

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS