In Memoriam


“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet~

In Memoriam Archives:

  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • Harry S. Truman High School
  • Taylor Center High School
  • Taylor High School
  • Taylor School District Staff
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    Villet, Gary- Celebration of Life (Taylor Center 1960)

    Mrs Wanda Villet has set a date of July 9th for a "Celebration of Life" in remembrance of Gary Villet. Gary loved Doo Wop music so there will be a Doo Wop Band at the celebration being held at their home 2511 Monroe Rd, Blanchard, Mi. For those of you wishing to stay over-night, rooms are being held at the Maxfield's Inn located at 1106 East Main Street Edmore Mi. When calling 989-427-8888 (reserve by June 9 as the motel is holding the rooms till that date) for a reservation let them know you will be attending the Villet Memorial. The room charge is being held at a discounted rate of $134 plus tax. It will be appreciated if those of you who will be attending, will notify Wanda at or phone 989-561-5019, or let me know at and I will notify Wanda so she will know how much food will be needed.

    Ebeling, Robert “Bob” (Teacher, Taylor Center)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Bob Ebeling.
    The Michigan Wolverines lost a super fan in Robert “Bob” Ebeling 79, of Dearborn and Taylor, Michigan, who passed away peacefully surrounded by his entire family on April 29th, 2022. Bob was born in 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in Dearborn, Michigan where he graduated from Dearborn High School. After high school, Bob received a Bachelor Science in Mathematics degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s Plus 30 degree in Educational Administration from the University of Michigan. Following college, Bob spent his career teaching in the Taylor School District for 33 years, with the final seven years as head of the math department at John F. Kennedy High School.
    Throughout Bob’s life, he was an avid sports fan, especially for the Michigan Wolverines football team, for which he was a long-time season ticket holder. Bob also was a long-time runner; in more recent years, he enjoyed going on long and frequent walks outside. Bob enjoyed singing along to songs and dancing, and he was often the first one on the dance floor at a wedding. Bob also loved to load up the car and travel around the country, taking multiple trips around the United States, at first with his wife and children, and in later years with their best friends John Delo and Diane Delo. He ended up traveling to 47 states within his lifetime, and truly treasured his stories and experiences.
    Surviving Bob is his wife of 57 years, Patricia (Ingold). He felt extremely blessed with his long and happy marriage. Other survivors include his daughters Kathy (Kevan) McCann, Diane Ebeling, and son Scott (Lisa Dziekan) Ebeling; his adored grandchildren JuliAnna, Sarah, Maxwell, and Conor; sister Janet (Jerry) Joseph and brother Bill (Barb) Ebeling; brother- in- law Dick (Linda) Ingold; loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

    Kaunelis, Derek (Taylor Schools Elementary Teacher)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Derek Kaunelis. Derek, age 44, of Livonia, Michigan, passed away on April 29, 2022 after a 1 year battle with stomach cancer.
    Derek was born on August 8, 1977 to Mary and Vytas Kaunelis in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After graduating from Catholic Central High School in 1995, he went on to earn his bachelors in elementary education at Eastern Michigan University. In 2007, he earned his masters degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College.
    He started his teaching career with Taylor Public Schools as a 4th grade elementary school teacher. His career included teaching 4th grade, 5th grade, middle school, and working as the technology facilitator for students K - 5th. He was a dedicated educator and loving mentor to many students, families, and co-workers.
    In 1995, Derek met the love of his life, Tina (Compton) Kaunelis. They were married on June 7, 2003. Their daughter Brianna (2004) and son Dominick (2007) were the light of his life.
    Derek enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family. He loved hiking and exploring the national parks throughout the country. His favorite moments were around a campfire deep in the peaceful woods or hiking in the mountains.
    Derek is survived by his wife, Tina Kaunelis, his two children Brianna and Dominick, sisters Laura (Chris) Jones and Jessica (Dean) Hamrick, parents Vytas & Mary (McCarthy) Kaunelis, and many nieces and nephews.
    A visitation will be held at the R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, 15451 Farmington Rd., Livonia Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM and Wednesday, May 4, 2022 from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 47650 North Territorial Rd, Plymouth Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 10:00 AM, with in state beginning at 9:30 AM. A luncheon will be held immediately following the mass and all are welcome.

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    Filek, Paul (Taylor Center 1965)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Paul Filek. Paul M., age 74, of Woodhaven, passed away April 25, 2022. Beloved husband of Cathy “Lou Lou” Filek. Loving father of Paul (Karen) Filek Jr., Joe (Lori) Filek, Chad (Dixie) Filek, Jeff (Shelly) Filek, Ross Filek and Michelle (Anthony Contratto) Aderhold. Dear grandfather of Cody (Breanna), Melanie (James), Wyatt, Ryder, Sara (Travis), Tony (Hannah), Samantha (Bryant) Joey Jr., Doug, Josh, Lauren, Ben, Olivia, Rebekah, Rachell (Brian), Adam, Andrew, Calvin, Bryson and Parker. Dearest great grandfather to many. He is also survived by his brother Robert (Gail) Filek and his faithful furbabies Minnie, Max and Louie. He is preceded in death by his father Theophil Filek, mother