Articles by Betty Apigian-Kessel

About Betty Apigian-Kessel (157 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.”

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

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

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