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About Betty Apigian-Kessel (150 Articles)
Betty (Serpouhie) Apigian Kessel was born in Pontiac, Mich. Together with her husband, Robert Kessel, she was the proprietor of Woodward Market in Pontiac and has two sons, Bradley and Brant Kessel. She belonged to the St. Sarkis Ladies Guild for 12 years, serving as secretary for many of those years. During the aftermath of the earthquake in Armenia in 1988, the Detroit community selected her to be the English-language secretary and she happily dedicated her efforts to help the earthquake victims. She has a column in the Armenian Weekly entitled “Michigan High Beat.”
Betty Apigian-Kessel (Georgi-Ann Oshagan)

Meet Steve Evarian

He’s the smiling man waving a handkerchief as bahr bash at Armenian events, leading a long line of lively dancers to the melodies of his favored traditional Armenian village music. With his roots in Keghi, Evarian’s joy and pride in his ethnic heritage is demonstrated when he takes to the dance [more...]

November 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Betty Apigian-Kessel (Georgi-Ann Oshagan)

Apigian-Kessel: How Not to Become a ‘Dan Deegeen’ (Before It’s Time)

Anya was the granddaughter of a close Armenian friend of mine, and her mindset was to meet a gentleman while in college and to marry soon after graduation. It seems she had the nesting instinct. She wanted to become a dan deegeen (housewife). Upon hearing her startling plans, my friend and I looked [more...]

October 16, 2014 // 2 Comments

Betty Apigian-Kessel (Georgi-Ann Oshagan)

Starry, Starry Night: Faith Leads to Heaven

In childhood, we knew little about what the word faith meant when we looked up to the sky and repeated, “Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.” As adults when we think of Heaven we automatically lift our eyes to the sky, hoping the ones we love and lost to death are peaceful [more...]

October 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Betty Apigian-Kessel (Georgi-Ann Oshagan)

Apigian-Kessel: The Music Just Keeps Playing

“Take your family and leave here. We are going to kill all the Armenians,” said the Turk. Those chilling words spoken in secrecy to the head of Lucie’s family by a Turkish neighbor were wisely heeded, and their exodus from their home to Aleppo, Syria, led them to a safe haven. Thus they were [more...]

September 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Betty Apigian-Kessel (Georgi-Ann Oshagan)

Visit to US Veteran’s Cemetery in Holly

It is said that “There are no atheists in fox holes.” With that thought in mind, I finally fulfilled my obligation to visit the U.S. Veteran’s Cemetery in Holly, Mich., north of Detroit, the facility dedicated as a final resting place for our heroes who served valiantly for the freedom of our [more...]

July 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Betty Apigian-Kessel (Georgi-Ann Oshagan)

Dr. Vahagn Agbabian (1927-2014)

Ultimate Armenian Patriot, Consummate Husband, Family Man, Healer, and Physician   This community is stunned by the recent loss of a true Armenian patriot, Dr. Vahagn Agbabian of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who passed away suddenly at age 86. Dan Gark services were held Friday evening, May 9, at [more...]

May 30, 2014 // 2 Comments

Seated: Betty Apigian Kessel and Mitch Kehetian. Standing: Greg Vartanian and Mike Kajoian.

Dr. Vahagn Agbabian (1927-2014)

Ultimate Armenian Patriot, Consummate Husband, Family Man, and Physician This community is stunned by the recent loss of a true Armenian patriot, Dr. Vahagn Agbabian of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who passed away suddenly at age 86. Dan Gark services were held Friday evening, May 9, at St. Sarkis [more...]

May 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

Armenian Genocide commemoration at St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church

Greater Detroit United Church Service and ‘Hokehankisd’

This community proved its dedication to our 1,500,000 million martyrs when more than 600 individuals filled the sanctuary of St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church on the evening of April 24, 2014. This magnificent feat was accomplished with the unified efforts of St. John Armenian Church of Greater [more...]

May 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Betty Apigian-Kessel (Photo by Georgi-Ann Oshagan)

The Fruitful Life of Nazareth ‘Naz’ Hadjian (1941-2014)

“He was very, very proud of his Armenian heritage. He really was.” These were the first words that Marguerite (Aznavoorian) Hadjian told me, days after her husband’s funeral. Nazareth “Naz” Hadjian’s life was celebrated on April 10 in St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, where he had [more...]

May 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

A scene from the celebration

Detroit Does it Better: ARF Celebration Draws Hundreds

On the evening of Dec. 7, 450 hamagirs and believers in the Armenian Cause led by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) filled the ballroom of Livonia’s Embassy Suite Hotel to celebrate the ARF’s 123rd year in defense of the Armenian people. A scene from the celebration The Detroit ARF [more...]

December 16, 2013 // 2 Comments

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