Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Meline was of Greek and Armenian descent. The eldest of seven children born to Jirayr and Eleni Katac, she married Antranik Karabetyan in 1948 and lived with him until his passing in 1993. A caring and devoted wife and mother, she raised two sons, Aram and Tavit Karabetyan, and, with her family, immigrated to the United States, settling in Monterey, CA, in 1979. She was considered an angel by her family and was loved by all for her genteel manner and the unsurpassed beauty, not just of her person, but of her nature. With her generous, loving spirit, she took great joy in gardening, knitting, traveling, and, above all, in her friends and family.
She is survived by her children, Aram and Tavit and Sirphui Karabetyan; grandchildren Melina and Philip Sukyas, Alicia and Harry Arsene, Anthony and Andre Karabetyan, and Margaret Karabetyan; siblings Sona Ohanoglu and Virginia and Norman Rees; six great grandchildren, Sophie, Andre, Aren, Emma, Antonella, and Aris; and eight nieces and nephews along with their spouses and children.
She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 45 years, Antranik Karabetyan; her parents, Jirar and Eleni Katac; three brothers, Migir, Hagop, and Haig Katac; a sister, Arshaluys “Lucy” Cunningham; and two brother-in-laws, Charles “Eddie” Cunningham and Haygaz Ohanoglu.
The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 800 Cass Street, Monterey. Followed by burial at San Carlos Cemetery, 792 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940. A reception will follow immediatley after at The Barns at Cooper Molera, 535 Polk St, Monterey, CA 93940.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St Andrew Armenian Church 11370 S Stelling Rd , Cupertino, CA 95014.
Condolences may be written to the family at www.bermudezfamilyfunerals.com