Articles by Betty Apigian-Kessel

About Betty Apigian-Kessel (160 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)

There Are No Goodbyes

Robert Joseph Kessel, 80, my husband of almost 52 years, passed away March 1 leaving me reeling with sorrow and loneliness. He left me to go to his Heavenly home. Bob, of Catholic German-Irish ancestry, took Extreme Unction and made his confession to a Catholic priest. It was his request to have a [more...]

June 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Avedis George Mishigian

Avedis George Mishigian (1942-2015)

The Metro Detroit area has sustained another devastating loss with the passing of a devoted Armenian activist, Avedis George Mishigian, 73, of Tecumseh, Mich. Avedis George Mishigian Avedis stood out in this community not only for his fair hair and height but for his extreme dedication to the [more...]

June 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

Betty Apigian-Kessel (Georgi-Ann Oshagan)

The Der Manuelians: A Love Story for the Times

Some things are meant to be, like the blind date meeting of Julie Karadian and Raffi Der Manuelian. Romance arrived for them and bloomed when Raffi knocked at the door of his future in-laws, Julie’s parents Steve and Anne Karadian of West Bloomfield. Raffi had come to Michigan from Lexington, [more...]

June 3, 2015 // 0 Comments


Lamenting Love Story Endings

In 1912, Armen Tigranian wrote the beautiful opera “Anoush,” based on Hovhannes Tumanyan’s poem of the same name, which became the most beloved opera in Armenia. “Anoush” tells the tragic love story between a peasant Armenian girl, Anoush, and her shepherd boyfriend Saro. Their love [more...]

February 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Betty Apigian-Kessel (Georgi-Ann Oshagan)

The Bachelors

I remember them all so fondly, those elderly Armenian bachelors back in the 1950’s when I was a teenager. They were survivors of the Armenian Genocide who had found a home and social acceptance at the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s (ARF) “Raffi” Gomideh agoump on 223 Ferry Ave. in [more...]

February 4, 2015 // 6 Comments

Olivia Ani Mouradian

Spotlight: Olivia Ani Mouradian, Model Teen

Olivia Ani Mouradian, 13, of Milford Township, Mich., is a third-generation Armenian, the daughter of Vahan and Kathy Mouradian, and is destined for success based on her already impressive resume. It makes you wonder what you were doing at her age. Olivia Ani Mouradian Olivia’s academic [more...]

January 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Betty Apigian-Kessel (Georgi-Ann Oshagan)

The Season for Giving (of Yourself)

It’s that time of year again. The word “donation” is everywhere. It can be bewildering. You are besieged by charities seeking financial assistance. Your heart is in the right place. Shopping malls have bell ringers with the red kettle waiting for your change—clink, clink. Your church [more...]

December 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Edward L. Haroutunian

Immigrant’s Son Soars To New Heights

Noted local attorney Edward L. Haroutunian was recently inducted into the 2014 Heritage Hall of Fame Gallery at a gala dinner celebration at the Colony Club in downtown Detroit. He was joined by five other community leaders, also honored. Edward L. Haroutunian Those inducted into the Heritage Hall [more...]

December 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

Betty Apigian-Kessel (Georgi-Ann Oshagan)

Apigian-Kessel: In Lieu of a Bucket List, the ‘Things I Miss’ List

Thinking of the survivor generation stirs up feelings of love and respect. They occupy a special place in our hearts, where there still exists a bit of longing. We remember them with fondness for many reasons. They are irreplaceable. To that end, I have created this list, which by no means is [more...]

December 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

Cover of a Project Save calendar

Project Save: A True Gift of History

Ruth Thomasian and Project SAVE are a very important, worthwhile organization worthy of your attention. I had the pleasure of talking with Ruth recently and told her of a hand-held Armenian language prompter given to me years ago by Steven Karadian. Cover of the Project Save 2015 calendar Project [more...]

November 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

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