It is with a deep sorrow that the community of 
St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church
announces the passing of
age 91, who passed away on December 22, 2021.
On this sad occasion, the Pastor, Board of Trustees, and all the auxiliary bodies of St. Sarkis Church, extend their heartfelt sympathy to Alice's family members.

Born on May 19, 1930, she was the daughter of Alexan and Azniv (nee Margosian) Kachadourian. Growing up in the great Armenian community of Delray, Alice was very close to her family of five sisters, especially because of her father’s passing when Alice was only six years old. She helped her mother but was involved within the AYF community and around the church, as well. An exceptionally talented girl, Alice learned how to sew. The dresses she designed and sewed were beautiful. Her mother bought her a sewing machine when Alice was a teenager. By the time she became a senior in Southwestern High School, her teacher relied on Alice to help teach the other students in the sewing class. Her teacher even offered to take Alice to Hollywood to further her opportunities in Couture fashion designing. After graduation, being so close to her family, Alice decided to stay in Detroit and secured a position of clothing alterations in Kline’s Department Store.
 Meanwhile, since age sixteen, she had developed a close friendship with Vahan Solakian. He used to walk her home from school, and they enjoyed each other’s company. It was a happy, pleasant friendship which naturally led to their marriage in 1951. Notably, Alice’s magnificent sewing had developed to higher levels, and she designed and sewed her own bridal gown along with her bridesmaids’ dresses for the wedding. She was so deeply involved and busy in finishing them on the day of her wedding, that everyone was already in church waiting for her late arrival!
The happy couple formed their own family when they were blessed with the birth of their children. She strictly followed her concern of everything for her kids. She and Vahan took them on numerous trips, visiting most of the USA. The annual AYF Olympics, where hundreds of friendships were developed, opened up untold horizons for them.
An incredible cook, back home Alice enjoyed preparing for the family gatherings. Taking turns with her sisters, they celebrated all of the Holidays together – Easter, Mothers’ Day, 4th of July, Birthdays, etc., to the end of the year for Christmas and New Years. By that time, the grandchildren were born, and Alice had even more kids to love.

Beloved wife of the late Vahan Solakian; Dearest mother of Christopher (Michele Elias) Solakian, The late Gary (Cheryl) Solakian, Laura (Stephen) McKenery; Cherished grandmother of Nicole Solakian, Alison McKenery, Matthew (Jennifer) Wilgus,; Loving great-grandmother of Benjamin, Zachary, Graham, and Jillian Wilgus; Devoted daughter of the late Alexan & Azniv Kachadourian; Dedicated sisters, Violet (the late Henry Dirasian and the late Martin) Madvin, The late Mary (the late Edward) Astourian, Florence (Dr. Charles) Karibian, Dorothy Kachadourian, The late Josephine (John) Arpajian; Dear sister-in-law of the late Vasgan (Rose) Solakian; Precious Aunt to her Nieces and nephews, Mark Dirasian, the late Diane (Aaron) Warner, Patricia Dirasian, The late Erica (Craig) Mason, Karla (Mike) Darraugh, Dana Karibian, Lisa Arpajian, Scott and Marc Solakian; and many relatives and close friends

Funeral service will take place on Monday, December 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, 19300 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI 48128, with visitation starting at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory will be made to St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church. To make an online donation, please click here.

To send a loving message and view Alice’s obituary, please go to

May God Rest Her Soul in Peace.
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