In Memoriam: Olympia Jebejian (1940-2021)

With deep sadness, the Eastern Diocese mourns the loss of Olympia Jebejian, who passed away unexpectedly on October 19, 2021.

Scientist, educator, enthusiast of Armenian culture, Olympia was a remarkable woman who combined the highest level of rigor in her profession with a profoundly warm human spirit. She was equally at home in a chemistry lab, teaching the next generation of researchers, or in Armenian language classrooms at St. Thomas Church’s Kirikian School and the Diocese’s Khrimian Lyceum, where she imbued young souls with a love for their noble heritage.

Olympia received these graces in her native Beirut, as the child of Stepan and Marie Tabibian, in the home she shared with her now-departed siblings Jivan and Ani. She was immersed in the city’s Armenian institutions, notably the AGBU Girl’s High School, and earned advanced degrees in Chemistry at its American University.

Her fellow classmate at A.U.B., Hagop Jebejian, was a kindred spirit who shared Olympia’s aspirations and drive for excellence. As man and wife, the Jebejians were an exemplary Armenian Christian couple, whose tenderness towards each other was an inspiration to all around them, throughout their 54 years together.

Shortly after settling in America, they were blessed with their children Sarkis and Maria. Their home in Fort Lee, NJ (and later Englewood Cliffs), became a hub of activity and holiday gatherings for the extended Jebejian family, which among its many notable virtues has for generations been a distinguished priestly family of the Armenian Church.

In a life of great accomplishment and countless friendships, Olympia’s most powerful love was always directed towards her family. She is survived by her husband Hagop, their son Sarkis and his wife Maral, their daughter Maria and her husband Bryan, and grandchildren Shahe, Katia, Robby, and Arto. We pray for their consolation in this time of grief.

The schedule of services will be as follows. The wake service will take place on Thursday, October 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., at St. Thomas Church (174 Essex Dr., Tenafly, NJ).

The funeral service for Olympia Jebejian will also take place at St. Thomas Church, on Friday, October 22, at 11 a.m. Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel will preside.

The family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Kirikian Armenian School of St. Thomas Church (174 Essex Dr., Tenafly, NJ 07670) or to St. Nersess Seminary (486 Bedford Rd., Armonk, NY 10504).

May our Lord Jesus bless the soul of his servant, and receive Olympia Jebejian into his eternal kingdom.

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