Sebouh H. Bogosian, 96, of Massena

Sebouh H. Bogosian, 96, of Massena

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Massena - Sebouh H. Bogosian, 96, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Family and friends may call on the Phillips Memorial Home on Monday, April 29, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the Memorial Service at 12:00 P.M. at the Phillips Memorial Home of Massena with Father Karnig Koyounian officiating, and with internment to follow in Massena Center Cemetery.

Sebouh H. Bogosian was born in Massena, on February 21, 1922 to the late Stephen Garvisian Bogosian (Sivas) and Zouart Atanesian Bogosian (Constantinople). He was the eldest of five children and is predeceased by his siblings, Helen Tarpinian (2016), Alice Turonjian (1988), Alyce “Albie” Lynch (1994), and Haigaz “Ike” Bogosian (2016); and his two cousins, Esther Bogosian Krikorian (2005) and Mary Bogosian Van Osdol (2016).

Following graduation from Massena High School, Sebouh enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, NJ on July 27, 1943. During World War II, he was posted to the China Burma India Theater (CBI), where he served as a Cryptographer in the Signal Corps and was stationed in Bombay, New Delhi, Calcutta, and Shanghai. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and joined the family dry cleaning business which he operated until his retirement.

Surviving Sebouh is his wife of 69 years, Nevart; four children: Sonya (Minas) Ertsenian of Hamilton, Ontario; Paul (Helene Hebert) Bogosian of Massena, NY; Alice Bogosian (William Sloane) of Pittsford, NY; and Debra Bogosian (David Klusendorf) of NY, NY; six grandchildren: Michael, Phillip, & Christopher Ertsenian; Garvis Sloane; and Susanna, & Michael Klusendorf; six great-grandchildren: Emma, Olivia, Hailey, Whitney, Reid & Evan Ertsenian; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Throughout his life, Sebouh was very active in the Massena Community. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 79, and Massena Elks Lodge 1702, Knights Templar, Massena Commandery #72, Massena Masonic Lodge F&AM 513, Massena Shrine Club, Massena VFW Post 1143, and a past member of the Massena Rotary Club and several Armenian organizations.

Sebouh’s passion was his family, his Armenian heritage, and world history. He was a voracious reader and an intrepid traveler. In 2017, at the age of 95, he made his third trip to Armenia to tour it with family and friends.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Phillips Memorial Home, Massena. Those wishing to honor Sebouh can do so by making contributions in his memory to the Armenian Tree Project (, a not-for-profit organization devoted to environmental conservation in Armenia, or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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