The Life of Arakel Berberian
ARAKEL BERBERIAN passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, 5/11/2018 surrounded
by his family. He was born in Aleppo, Syria to Levon and Loucine (nee: Berberian) Berberian on
He was beloved husband of Ester Galstian Berberian for over 68 years. Dear father of
Lucy, Vardan, and Sofia. In addition he leaves relatives in Armenia, France, Pennsylvania, New
Jersey and California.
In Aleppo as a young man he managed his family’s small business. In 1946, he and his family
immigrated to Yerevan, Armenia. He started a new life in Yerevan and worked on very large
construction projects as a construction manager in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. He was
honored with the highest award in USSR – Gold Medal of LENIN for his outstanding work, and
dedication to rebuild Armenia and its neighboring countries.
In July, 1949 he married Ester Galstian and was blessed with three children - Lucy, Vardan and
Sofia. After living more than 27 years of wonderful life in Yerevan; in January 1974, he and his
family immigrated to the United States.
He worked at the Midvale-Heppenstall, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa, and Swell, Inc., Havertown, Pa for
over 30 years and retired. He lived and enjoyed life’s pleasures until his death. He leaves a big void with his passing.
The funeral services will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Saint Gregory the Illuminator
Armenian Apostolic Church, 8701 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa 19128.
Viewing: 10:00 am with services following at 11:00.
Burial: Arlington Cemetery, 2900 State Road, Drexel Hill, PA. 19026