January 1, 1918 ~ August 14, 2020

Born in: Turkey
Resided in: Gardena, CA

Azniv Helvadjian was born in Mardin, Turkey.  Prior to her birth her father passed away, and at age five she lost her mother.  Her older sister was already married, and her aunt stepped in to help raise her. Azniv took on the role of Mother, Sister, and friend to her five brothers.  She was always hardworking, eager to learn, and help others.  Her neighbors referred to her as Azniv Kouyrig because she was a sister to all.

Azniv grew a relationship with the Helvadjian family and Antranig Helvadjian who owned a grocery store, fell in love with her kind heart and asked for her hand in marriage. Upon getting married Azniv formed a close relationship with her mother in law, whom she adored, and her four sister in laws. The couple were blessed with three children, Boghos, Berjouhi, and Nevart.

When unrest began in Syria, the couple along with their children and their families moved to the United States. There they began working hard with hopes of obtaining the American Dream. The couple were blessed with five grandchildren Harout, Shant, Zarmenee, Taline, and Marina. Watching their grandchildren grow attend college and become successful brought them joy.

Azniv lost her husband in 2007 and her son Boghos in 2009.  These devastating losses weighed heavy on Azniv but she continued to spread kindness and rely her faith. Azniv was able to meet seven great-grandchildren who were the light of her life and her memory will live on through them.

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  1. Dede kezi shad garodtza! I miss having you around but I know that you are here with us. I love you so much!! Happy fathers day!

  2. To my grandfather and greataunt, we all love you and will miss you very much. To the family and friends who have supported us through this difficult time, thank you for all your help.

  3. My condolences go out to the Barsoumian family. I know the grief and pain people suffer when losing a loved one. I have lost a few of my dear uncles this past year and I know that God has them in a restful, peaceful place. I know your relatives are now in a peaceful place with God. My prayers go out to the Barsoumian family. God bless.

  4. So much of my life has been shaped by the doings of my grandfather. He was a man of honor and respect. Whenever I traveled to Syria, a red carpet was rolled out for me because I was the “grandaughter of Antranig.” I know Dede and Aznif Hokour are together now and not suffering anymore. I want to thank the “fam” (especially to those who have taken charge) for being there for one another in our time of grief. This passed week I truely realized the importance of family.

  5. The entire Pineda family wishes to send out their deepest, heartfelt condolences to the Barsoumian family during this difficult time. I have always admired and respected how close you have been with your family Shant and want to let you know our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

  6. All of us are born with two biological grandfathers. Some of us are not lucky enough to know or remember two “dede’s”. Then there are an exceptional few that were privileged enough to have a man like “dede keri” in our lives. I know I speak for several of my cousins and siblings, that dede keri loved and treated us like his own grandchildren. I will never forget the smile that would light up his face everytime I saw him. His love for life, family, nature and animals is what he lived by. He was a kind, generous, sincere man and he will be greatly missed. I know everytime I go to feed the ducks or birds I will think of him. May he rest in peace.

  7. It took me time and some loses in my own life to realize that everything happens for a reason, how nice to see them enter this new place new life- together. RIP

  8. Thank you, Dede-Keri, for your warmth, generosity, and joyous nature. I too was blessed to be one of your “adopted” grandchildren. One of my most memorable childhood memories is of you picking me up on Saturday afternoons and taking me, Shant, and Harout to feed the ducks at Polliwog Park. You will always be with us in Spirit. Love and Light,

  9. I wil never forget my Aznif morkoor. She was very special to me becuase she took care of me as if i was her own child. i felt really special as i got older becuase i reliazed that i did not only have 2 grandma’s i had 3. i will never forget how she used to cook me sarma and how she used to sleep with me during the day so that i would take my naps, she will always stay in my heart and i will never forget her. jsut the other day i had a dream n she was in it with a big white light around her i know that she is happy where she is i love you morkoor. iwill also never forget my dede keeree he was liek my granpa since i was never raised with any. iwill never forget the moments that he would give me money and make me hide so that he wouldn’t get yelled at by my mom and dad but he always made me happy and he alwyas had a smile on his face. i alwyas loved going over to teddy bears house(aka taleens) cuz i knew me seeing him would make my day. even though he is gone that house will always be called “mezz Keeres house” i will alwyas remember him and miss him. May both my moorkoor and my mezz kerree R.I.P

  10. Dede and Asnif Hokur you will be greatly missed. I will forever remember the memories we have shared. Dede, I hear your famous sayings in my head and see you smiling. I remember how you would tell me you loved me daily and pick me up from school. I am so proud to have had you as my dede. You were so kind, generous and dedicated to our family. I hope you and Asnif hokour rest in peace.

  11. To my Aunt &Ancle we all love you and will miss you very much. To the family and friends who have supported us through tis difficuilt time . Thank you for all your support

  12. candle 8My Nene Bene,
    You are probably one of the strongest people I know! What a blessing it was to grow up with you and have you meet Sebouh! He loved you so much and I know you loved him more. You lit up when you saw him and I will cherish all of our memories together forever. Asdvadz hokeet louysavoreh Nene-I love you!

  13. candle 1To my dear nene

    I’m going to miss you so much. I’ve so lucky to grow up with a grandma like you. You made each one of us feel special with all your love and kindness. I will cherish all our memories and remember you each day. Thank you for all that you did for us and all the kindness and faith that shared with every person that you came across. Asdvatz hokeet togh lusavorne. I love you my sweet, strong and dear nene.

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