- Celebration of Life
- Community Presbyterian Church
- 405 South McCall Road (Map)
Engelwood, Florida 34223
Lucile Tepikian of Houston, Texas, and formerly of Englewood, Florida and Yonkers, New York, died December 6, 2015 following a brief illness. Born Lucile Florence Asman on January 4, 1922 in Yonkers, New York, she was the second child of Harry and Lillian Papasian Asman. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Troy Tepikian, sister, Harriot Toy, and brother, Robert Asman. Lucile was a graduate of the Charles E. Gorton High School in Yonkers, and the Scudder School in New York City. As with many in the day she felt a strong need to serve her country during World War II. When attempting to join the army, she was advised that she was too short. Not one to be deterred, Lucile solved this problem by returning the next day wearing three pairs of socks; she passed the enlistment exam and ultimately served as a sergeant in the Women's Army Corp. Following the war she returned to Yonkers, married Troy and settled down to raise a family. In 1970 she returned to work as registrar for the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, New York and continued there until 1991 when she and Troy moved to Englewood Florida to start yet a new chapter in their lives. In 2013 Lucile moved to Houston and resided at the Village of Tanglewood, where she enjoyed her independence and many new friendships.
Throughout her life, Lucile was guided by her faith; for many years she was an active member of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Yonkers and later the Community Presbyterian Church in Englewood. She enjoyed travel and through the good graces of a generous friend she and Troy had the opportunity to sail around the world on the QE2. Lucile loved games and was one to be watched, be it playing canasta, blackjack, poker or dominos. She was also an avid sports fan and followed baseball (NY Yankees), golf (Tiger) and tennis (anyone but Serena) with particular passion. She was a very compassionate, caring person who always had time for others and reveled in spending time with family and friends. She is survived by son Paul, daughter-in-law Elizabeth, and granddaughters Emily and Chantrea of Houston; daughter Laura Toy and son-in-law Louis Duesing of Ithaca, New York; and son Bruce, daughter-in-law Terre, and granddaughter Sarah of Overland Park, Kansas. A celebration of her life will take place at the Community Presbyterian Church in Englewood at a time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Englewood Florida Community Presbyterian Church pre-school.