OBITUARY

Hrachik "Ricki" Bostwick

September 4, 1931February 6, 2019
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Hrachik “Ricki” Bostwick, a retired real estate agent and business owner, died February 6th from complications of lung cancer at her home in Cockeysville. She was 87.

Born Hrachik Ghazikanian in Isfahan, Iran on Sept 4, 1931, she was the daughter of Armenian parents, father Haik Ghazikhanian and mother Sandookht (Tatevosian). Her father was head of transportation for the British-Iranian Oil Company in the oil fields of central Iran.

When Mrs. Bostwick was 18 she was sent by her parents to train as a nurse at War Memorial Hospital in North Wales, U.K. After graduation, she went to London, England where she trained to become a state certified mid-wife and then began a maternity career. She returned home to Iran two years later to the Oil Company's hospital where she became head surgical nurse.

Curious to see the United States, “Ricki,” as she became known to her co-workers at War Memorial Hospital, immigrated to Philadelphia, PA in 1957 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital on a nursing exchange program and became a Registered Nurse. While working as head maternity nurse at Rancocas Valley Hospital in New Jersey, she met John Bostwick and they were married in 1962 in Philadelphia.

Mr. Bostwick’s employer at that time, Master Builders, Inc., transferred the family to Harrisburg, PA where they lived with their daughter, Carolyn, and where their sons, John, Jr. and Thomas were born. In 1967 they again made a company move to Baltimore, settling in Lutherville. In 1969 they built their current home in Cockeysville, where they have lived ever since.

While raising a young family, Mrs. Bostwick always loved looking at houses and the “wheeling and dealing” of buying and selling real estate. When she decided to re-enter the work force, she left the nursing profession to become a licensed real estate agent with Grempler Realty in Towson. She had a very successful real estate career during the 1970’s and early 80’s. Mrs. Bostwick was regularly a million-dollar producer for Grempler, hitting a high-water mark beginning in 1973 as a two-million dollar seller of real estate. She was truly beloved by her clients and admired for her tenacity and drive by her colleagues. Nonetheless, the demands of a growing family business, ServiceMaster of Baltimore – a disaster restoration company, shifted her focus to assist and run the office side of the business.

The success of the business allowed Mrs. Bostwick and her husband John to retire fully in 2000, turning the business over to John, Jr. and Carolyn, who now successfully operate the business that was founded and nurtured by their parents. Mrs. Bostwick always loved dancing and enjoyed musicals and Broadway shows. She also enjoyed spending time on the water, and she and her husband enjoyed leisure time on their sailboat on Middle River and the Chesapeake Bay – the boat was of course named “Ricki.” Mr. and Mrs. Bostwick traveled frequently throughout the country and the world in their later years, and also resided part time at their home in Ft. Myers, FL.

Mrs. Bostwick was completely devoted to her family and always felt one of her greatest accomplishments and her lasting legacy was that her family was very close, and that her children stayed in the Timonium-Cockeysville area to live and raise their own families.

She is survived by her husband John, daughter Carolyn of Timonium, son John, Jr. (and his wife Kim) of Cockeysville, and son, Tom, a local attorney in Towson (and his wife Janet), of Timonium, grandchildren Kate (and her husband Kevin), Amanda, Drew, Hannah, and Kelly, and one great-grandchild Emma. She is also survived by sisters Alice and Seda. The family is very appreciative of the support and well-wishes of friends and colleagues. At her request, funeral services are private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ricki's name to St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 4125 Fessenden St, NW, Washington, DC 20016, and/or the Armenian General Benevolent Union, 55 East 59th St., New York, NY 10022.

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Biography

Hrachik “Ricki” Bostwick, a retired real estate agent and business owner, died February 6th from complications of lung cancer at her home in Cockeysville. She was 87.

Born Hrachik Ghazikanian in Isfahan, Iran on Sept 4, 1931, she was the daughter of Armenian parents, father Haik Ghazikhanian and mother Sandookht (Tatevosian). Her father was head of transportation for the British-Iranian Oil Company in the oil fields of central Iran.

When Mrs. Bostwick was 18 she was sent by her parents to train as a nurse at War Memorial Hospital in North Wales, U.K. After graduation, she went to London, England where she trained to become a state certified mid-wife and then began a maternity career. She returned home to Iran two years later to the Oil Company's hospital where she became head surgical nurse.

Curious to see the United States, “Ricki,” as she became known to her co-workers at War Memorial Hospital, immigrated to Philadelphia, PA in 1957 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital on a nursing exchange program and became a Registered Nurse. While working as head maternity nurse at Rancocas Valley Hospital in New Jersey, she met John Bostwick and they were married in 1962 in Philadelphia.

Mr. Bostwick’s employer at that time, Master Builders, Inc., transferred the family to Harrisburg, PA where they lived with their daughter, Carolyn, and where their sons, John, Jr. and Thomas were born. In 1967 they again made a company move to Baltimore, settling in Lutherville. In 1969 they built their current home in Cockeysville, where they have lived ever since.

While raising a young family, Mrs. Bostwick always loved looking at houses and the “wheeling and dealing” of buying and selling real estate. When she decided to re-enter the work force, she left the nursing profession to become a licensed real estate agent with Grempler Realty in Towson. She had a very successful real estate career during the 1970’s and early 80’s. Mrs. Bostwick was regularly a million-dollar producer for Grempler, hitting a high-water mark beginning in 1973 as a two-million dollar seller of real estate. She was truly beloved by her clients and admired for her tenacity and drive by her colleagues. Nonetheless, the demands of a growing family business, ServiceMaster of Baltimore – a disaster restoration company, shifted her focus to assist and run the office side of the business.

The success of the business allowed Mrs. Bostwick and her husband John to retire fully in 2000, turning the business over to John, Jr. and Carolyn, who now successfully operate the business that was founded and nurtured by their parents. Mrs. Bostwick always loved dancing and enjoyed musicals and Broadway shows. She also enjoyed spending time on the water, and she and her husband enjoyed leisure time on their sailboat on Middle River and the Chesapeake Bay – the boat was of course named “Ricki.” Mr. and Mrs. Bostwick traveled frequently throughout the country and the world in their later years, and also resided part time at their home in Ft. Myers, FL.

Mrs. Bostwick was completely devoted to her family and always felt one of her greatest accomplishments and her lasting legacy was that her family was very close, and that her children stayed in the Timonium-Cockeysville area to live and raise their own families.

She is survived by her husband John, daughter Carolyn of Timonium, son John, Jr. (and his wife Kim) of Cockeysville, and son, Tom, a local attorney in Towson (and his wife Janet), of Timonium, grandchildren Kate (and her husband Kevin), Amanda, Drew, Hannah, and Kelly, and one great-grandchild Emma. She is also survived by sisters Alice and Seda. The family is very appreciative of the support and well-wishes of friends and colleagues. At her request, funeral services are private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ricki's name to St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 4125 Fessenden St, NW, Washington, DC 20016, and/or the Armenian General Benevolent Union, 55 East 59th St., New York, NY 10022.



Obituary from the Baltimore Sunpapers, 02/08/2019


Hrachik “Ricki” Bostwick, a retired businesswoman and registered nurse, died Wedneday from complications of lung cancer at her Cockeysville home. She was 87.

The former Hrachik Ghazikhanian who was born and raised in Isfan, Iran, was the daughter of Haik Ghazikhanian, head of transportation for the British-Iranian Oil Co., and his wife, Sandookht Tatevosian Ghazikhanian, a homemaker.

She was 18 when she moved to North Wales in Great Britain in 1950 in order to train as a nurse at Memorial Hospital, from which she received her nursing certificate in 1953.

Mrs. Bostwick then went to London, where she trained to become a midwife at the Royal College of Nursing, from which she graduated in 1955.

“She would go from neighborhood to neighborhood on a bicycle delivering babies,” said a son, Thomas H. Bostwick of Towson.

She then moved back to her hometown, where she worked as head surgical nurse at the British-Iranian Oil Co. until coming to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1957 as part of a nursing exchange program.

A registered nurse, Mrs. Bostwick became head maternity nurse at Rancocas Valley Hospital. While working at the Willingboro, N.J., hospital, she met and fell in love with John O. Bostwick, whom she married in 1962.

Mr. Bostwick, who worked for Master Builders Inc. at the time, was transferred by his company to Harrisburg, Pa., and then in 1967 to Lutherville. In 1969, they built a home on Hickory Hill Road in Cockeysville.

She became a U.S. citizen in Lewisberg, Pa., in 1964, family members said.

In 1970. she became a licensed real estate agent and worked for Grempler Realty in Towson during the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1981, her husband founded ServiceMaster of Baltimore, a disaster restoration company, and she left the real estate field to take over and manage the company’s business office.

The couple turned over the business in 2000 to two of their children, who still operate it, and retired.

Mrs. Bostwick enjoyed attending Broadway musicals and sailing with her husband aboard their sailboat, the Ricki. They also liked spending time at a second home in Fort Myers, Fla.

Funeral services are private.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by another son, John O. Bostwick Jr. of Cockeysville; a daughter, Carolyn L. Bostwick of Timonium; two sisters, Seda Macintosh of Potomac and Alice Young of London; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com