Arax Boyajian


(nee Basmajian), 100, of River Edge, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Alice was a former member of the Eastern Star.

As a 5 year old ready to start kindergarten she refused to go into the classroom because the teacher told her, “Your name is Alice now.” She was, even as a child, fiercely determined to stay strong to what she believed. What she believed in was friends that were like family and family that was the purpose of life. She had a good heart and told us she had a wonderful life. Arax was a special, extraordinary kind of lady.

Parties, luncheons, games of bridge, shopping, traveling, countless games of tennis, thousands of books, and countless hours at an electric stove making meals in her pressure cooker - are the memories that stand out. Who doesn’t remember following a phone cord stretched beyond its limits only to find her at the end comforting, consoling or chatting away with a friend? Who doesn’t remember the chordeg, Swedish meatballs, soups, or milk in mayo jars? Who doesn’t remember how big her smile was and how each smile looked like she was caught in the middle of a giant laugh?

She made time for everyone and shared with everyone. She extended herself and offered her hand to anyone who needed support. Her homes were open to everyone with summers at the beach and winters in the Catskills. Every other day in her home she welcomed children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends each one treated to a meal and a warm heart.

When asked what her hopes for life were her answer was simple; “My only hope is that everyone can enjoy themselves as much as I.” She was fiercely determined to lead her children to successful careers, to avoid trouble and to be happy. All her wants have come true.

Through 100 years the world around her changed in unimaginable ways, she was able to see and experience a life that most will never dream of experiencing. She went places many will only dream of visiting and she loved her family with same determination of that little girl who knew staying true to what you believe is the path to a glorious life.

Yesterday evening as the sun was setting there wasn’t a cloud in the sky it was simply a picture perfect day. The sun set on a wonderful and glorious life, you will be missed, you will always be loved, we will never stop sharing stories of you.

Cherished wife of the late Henry Boyajian (1996). Beloved mother of, Ron H. Boyajian and his wife Carol of Saddle River, Gary C. Boyajian, DDS and his wife Khim of Upper Saddle River, Robert W. Boyajian, M.D. and his wife Diane of Upper Saddle River, and Valerie J. Gant and her husband Ray of River Edge, NJ. Treasured grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Adrienne Babigian.

Family will receive friends on Friday April 5, 2019 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at the St. Leon's Armenian Church, Fair Lawn NJ. Funeral Service will start at 11:00 am. Interment Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Arax 's memory may be made to Armenian Eye Care Project PO Box 5630 Newport Beach, CA 92662 or Armenian American Health Professionals Organization P.O. Box 645 Far Hills, NJ 07931.

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Posted by Gloria Cancellieri on April 6, 2019 8:35 AM x

Deepest Sympathies to the Boyajian Family.


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