Articles by Betty Apigian-Kessel

About Betty Apigian-Kessel (182 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.”

Lucine Kasbarian’s “Perspectives of Exile”

There is no doubt that the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 remains a raw, gnawing open sore on those of us who will never forget the horrible stain on human history. It was the murder of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink by a Turkish gunman in front of Dink’s newspaper office in Istanbul in 2007 [more...]

May 6, 2016 // 1 Comment

Viva la ‘Bamyah Geragour’

I seldom dream so it couldn’t have been the remnant of an early morning nocturnal manifestation. But it was real enough that in my semi-zombie state I wrinkled my sensitive nose to a wonderful familiar aroma that filled the air surrounding me. It brought me to my senses. “Bamya [more...]

April 9, 2016 // 1 Comment

A World War II Love Story

Richmond’s George and Servart Ovigian (Part II) The uncertainty of war and surviving pressed many couples to become engaged before servicemen were shipped to the front. It had to be a source of solace for these young men to know that someone was waiting for them back home. The flood of [more...]

March 29, 2016 // 1 Comment

A World War II Love Story

Richmond’s George and Servart Ovigian (Part I) George Ovigian, Sgt, WWII (Berlin, Germany 1946) Troy, N.Y.’s George Ovigian, 24, and Richmond, Va.’s Servart Bektimerian, 21, were wed in 1946 after a courtship that had blossomed during World War II. How they were brought together [more...]

March 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

Seta Mesrobian (1928-2016)

A Woman of Style and Taste I fondly recall Seta Mesrobian’s rapid-fire verbal delivery; her thought process worked so fast that unless listeners had complete focus on her it was difficult to keep up with her message. That was our Seta. Her outgoing personality brought so much to [more...]

March 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

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 // 1 Comment

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 // 3 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

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