NAOMI “NICKI” TAZIAN
NAOMI “NICKI” TAZIAN, 80, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016. Born July 9, 1936, in Fort Wayne, Nicki was the daughter of the late Bernard and Golda (Mann) Kramer. She lived in Fort Wayne her entire life. In 1967, Nicki co-founded Z.K. Tazian Associates and over the years, she traveled worldwide. Her proudest accomplishments were raising her family, spending quality time with her grandchildren, and volunteering at non-profit organizations including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Art League, and Christ Child Society. She was also a member of the Armenian Relief Society. Nicki was a thoughtful, funny, generous spirit, who lived a full life with a big heart. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, and loyal friend. Through decades of health challenges, she defied the odds thanks to her strength, determination, and positive attitude. Nicki never complained and always put others at ease with her infectious smile. She loved playing bridge and mahjong, reading mystery novels, and attending Broadway musicals. Nicki was a legendary entertainer, world-class cook, and renowned baklava baker. Surviving are her husband, Zohrab, they were married on Sept. 16,1959 at St. Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church in Beirut, Lebanon. Also surviving are her children, Tina (Marc Schwartz) Tazian, Sona (Frank Catalano) Tazian, Ara Tazian, and Hera (Jeffrey) Lauritsen; and grandchildren, Nicholas, Paige, Adrienne, and Sophia. Nicki also leaves behind numerous lifelong friends. Service is noon Friday, July 15, 2016, at St. John Chrysostom Antiochian Orthodox Church, 402 Badiac Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. His Grace Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian assisted by Very Reverend Father Ghevont Pentezian officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016, at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road. Burial to take place immediately following funeral service at Highland Park Cemetery 2403 E. Wallen Road, Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne – www.christchildsocietyfw.org or Armenian Relief Society http://arseastusa.org/donate/.