Jennie Loosararian, painter of porcelain and china, dies at 87

July 10, 2013

Jennie Loosararian, a painter of porcelain and china who taught the art at her home studio, died June 19 at her home in Silver Spring. She was 87.

She had pulmonary fibrosis, her husband, Armen Loosararian, said.

Mrs. Loosararian learned the art of china painting while living in Taiwan, where her husband was stationed with the National Security Agency from 1972 to 1974. She painted vases, dishes, ornaments and other objects and won awards for her work in competitions and art shows.

She gave lessons in china painting for many years and sold painting supplies through a home-based business.

Hripsme Yerchanig Antreasin was born in Indianapolis and grew up in New York City. She went by Jennie since childhood.

She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Hunter College in New York. She settled in the Washington area in 1948 and had lived in Silver Spring since 1954.

Mrs. Loosararian and her husband were instrumental in the establishment of Soorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church in Bethesda.

She was a member of Armenian cultural and charitable organizations, the Eastern Star fraternal organization and groups devoted to china painting.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Armen Loosararian of Silver Spring; three sons, Lawrence Loosararian of Hanover, Gregory Loosararian of Gambrills and Alan Loosararian of Westminster, Md.; a sister; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel