Articles by Betty Apigian-Kessel

About Betty Apigian-Kessel (166 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.”

Say Yes! to ‘Keghetzi Seroun’

This is a story about what an Armenian mother will do for her son. Nothing is impossible. Ask and you shall receive. And the reply I got when I asked my first-born son what Armenian food he really loves? “That soup made with yogurt.” “Do you mean tutmaj abour?” I asked. [more...]

September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments


Harbor Spring’s Anahid Gharibian

How did I find alteration maven Anahid Gharibian in Harbor Springs, Mich., one of the prettiest cities on God’s green earth? I have learned that no matter how desolate, remote, or isolated the location may be, it is not impossible to discover someone of Armenian heritage residing there if you [more...]

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments


They Called Her Takouhie: A Surprise Ending (Part III)

It was the latter part of November 1922 when my mother, still Takouhie Charverdian, 16, and her sister Hripsema, wed to Khoren Apigian, left Bolis by ship for Marseille, France. By Christmas they were residing together in an apartment. Hripsema was expecting her first child and feeling quite ill, [more...]

July 31, 2015 // 2 Comments


Her Name Was Takouhie (Part II)

I feel blessed that I have in my possession the notes and tapes of many long conversations with my mother, Takouhie Charverdian Apigian, which contribute to this series of columns. My family history has now become a permanent record. I was 12 years old, standing behind the counter of my [more...]

July 23, 2015 // 1 Comment


Her Name Was Takouhie

The purpose of this column over the next few weeks is to establish an historical record of conversations I had over 30 years ago with my mother, Takouhie Charverdian Apigian. I located what I loosely call my family archives, related mostly to my mother’s side of the family. This information [more...]

July 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

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‘Grass’ in Everything: It’s a Good Thing

My mother was known to be an excellent cook and baker, but one day at the dinner table, when a youngster, I uncharacteristically piped up complaining, “Ma, do you have to put grass in everything you cook?” I was ignored as I used my fork to remove parsley from the Armenian potato salad. [more...]

July 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

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 // 2 Comments

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

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