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About Betty Apigian-Kessel (147 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)

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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Letter: In Memory of ‘Dashnak Pete’

Dear Editor: Bedros Peter Stepanian passed away peacefully following surgery on June 22, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Bedros from Amarij* (in Keghi county) preferred to be called “Dashnak Pete,” and attended many Armenian functions no matter the location, including Detroit where he had many [more...]

June 27, 2013 // 5 Comments

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Apigian-Kessel: Please, You Can’t Take That Away From Us

For many, the brightest times in metropolitan Detroit’s Armenian social life—that arrive with spring and continue through October—are the agoump dinners prepared by Krista and chef-husband Ara Tossounian. While Krista is in the kitchen preparing her mouth-watering salad, rice, and bulgur [more...]

June 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

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St. Sarkis Sunday School Events Serve Lord with Gladness

Youth is not wasted on the young, and the metro Detroit area can thank Diane Changelian, the superintendent of the St. Sarkis Sunday School program in Dearborn, along with the exemplary volunteer staff of teachers, for their dedication to the religious upbringing of the future generation of [more...]

June 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

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