Detroit Community Member Levon Nazoyan Dies


DETROIT — Levon Nazoyan, 76, died at home, on November 5.

He was the husband of Suzanne (nee Stevenson). He leaves his children, Maral (Keith) Edwards Jr., Steve Nazoyan and Silva Nazoyan; grandchildren Zachary and Zoie Edwards; and siblings Anahid, Armen, Varso and Ardo (Michelle).

Nazoyan was born in Aleppo, Syria. He moved to Lebanon at age 2. In his early 20s he joined the Lebanese national dance group with his brother and sister, and toured the Middle East as well as Europe. He moved to Montreal, Canada in his early 30s, where he represented the Armenian dance group at the Olympics.

Eventually, he came to Detroit, where he met his future wife at a convention of the Tekeyan Cultural Association/ADL and he swept her off her feet. Together the couple raised three children, Maral, Steve and Silva.

He was an entrepreneur who operated a drycleaning business for 30 years. He enjoyed educating others about history, polities and religion.

Funeral services were held at St. John’s Armenian Church, Southfield, on Thursday, November 8. Interment followed at Pine Lake Cemetery in West Bloomfield.

Memorial donations in his memory may be sent to St. John’s Armenian Church, Angela Hospice or ALS of Michigan.

Arrangements were made by the Edward Korkoian Funeral Home.