In Memoriam

IN MEMORY OF.... OUR CLASSMATES AND FACULTY WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY.

“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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    Manders, Mark (Truman 1976)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends our condolences to the family and friends of Mark Manders. Mark D., passed away, suddenly, Monday, July 4, 2022.
    Beloved husband of Karen Manders (nee Bruch); dearest father of Alicia (Jon) Weinzirl and Adam (Carly) Manders; dear Bump-pa of Avery, Austin and Abby; brother of Pamela and Russell German; loving son of the late Norman and Marie Manders; son-in-law of Don and Sandra Bruch; Bump-pa to furry grandpups Rusty, Mia, Colby, & Maizey; our dear nephew, uncle, cousin and friend of many.
    Mark lived life "all-in", loving his family, his friends, and especially his grandkids. He loved science, his Parkway South colleagues, and the University of Michigan. He especially loved his happy place on Glen Lake, Michigan. He leaves a big hole in our hearts.
    Services: Funeral service was at Manchester United Methodist Church, 129 Woods Mill Road, Manchester, Tuesday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m. Interment at Manchester Methodist Cemetery immediately following service. If desired, contributions may be made to MO-HAB riders/Habitat for Humanity. Visitation was at the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Monday, July 11, from 4-8 p.m. Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at Schrader.com.

    Lakatos, James (School Board Member)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of James Lakatos. James passed away July 25, 2022. Age 69 of Taylor. Beloved husband of Pamela. Loving father of Brandon (HST 99) (Kayla) . Dear brother of John (Kathy) and Michael Lakatos. Dearest grandfather of Austin, and Tyler. James was preceded in death by his parents John and Priscilla. James will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 2:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. In state Friday 10:00 a.m. with a 11:00 a.m. funeral service to follow at Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church 23300 Kensington St. Taylor, MI. 48180. Burial will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Donations may be made to Charity of Choice. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on James guestbook at www.voranfuneralhome.com

    Keith, Robert (Truman Counselor)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Robert Keith. Robert was a retired Truman counselor. A Memorial will be held on Saturday, July 30 at 2 pm. St. James, Grosse Ile, MI.

    Rudnicki, David (Kennedy 1984)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of David Rudnicki. David, 56 of Taylor passed away June 30, 2022. Beloved son of Frank and the late Dolores Rudnicki. Dear brother of Debbie (Tim) Simmons and Darline (Kevin) Webster. Loving uncle to Shannon Simmons, the late Shane Simmons and Summer Simmons. Cherished Great Uncle to Amari.

    McGeorge, Charles "Chuck" (Taylor Center 1965)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Charles McGeorge, age 75 of Livonia. Charles "Chuck" passed away June 23, 2022. A memorial gathering for Charles will be held Friday, July 8, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Harry J Will Funeral Homes, 37000 W. Six Mile Road, Livonia, Michigan 48152, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM. Charles will be laid to rest in Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Park, 35667 Eight Mile Road, Livonia, Michigan 48152.

    In lieu of flowers, contributions in Charles' memory may be made to American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/en/get-involved/ways-to-give.

    Mead, June (Elementary Librarian)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of June Mead. June, age 91, of Lincoln Park, passed away June 23, 2022. Loving mother of Matthew (Deborah) Mead, Lynn Jacobs, and Tim Mead. Dearest grandmother of Amy, Timothy (Rachel), Tiffini (Ken), Nicola, Wayne (Charlene), and great-grandmother to Jake, Michaela, Arabella, and Aiden. She is preceded in death by her parents Mildred and Howard Borck, son-in-law Jake Jacobs, and step-sons Bobby Mead and George Mead. Glenn Mead and family, and Sue Kanitz and family.
    VISITATIONS: Friday, July 01, 2022, 2:00 ~ 8:00 PM Michigan Memorial Funeral Home
    SERVICES: Saturday, July 02, 2022, 10:00 AM Michigan Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment in Michigan Memorial Park

    LaPointe, Charles (Taylor Center 1958)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Charles LaPointe, 81. Charles passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022. He is survived by his daughter, Dana LaPointe-O'Sullivan and grandchildren, Travis (Kara) O'Sullivan, Ryan LaPointe, Caitlyn Winship LaPointe, and Devon Herren. He is predeceased by his daughter, Dawn LaPointe (12/2021) and ex-wife, Dee LaPointe (3/2021).
    Charles was a man of decorum and ceremony. He paid attention to the details and always had everything in its place. In his younger days he was an active mentor with the Jaycees and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Professionally he owned and ran LaPointe’s formal wear and costumes for 30+ years, as well as a CFO and tax consultant.
    Dawn had achieved much in her life, from being an astute paralegal to a talented cook and baker. She was also passionate about animals and had rescued numerous over the years. Before passing she was devoted to looking after her father.
    Dolores (“Dee”) was a good neighbor and dear friend of many. Active in her spiritual community, helping the homeless, Make a Wish Foundation and Race for the Cure.
    A Memorial service will be held to celebrate the lives of Charles, Dawn, and Dee on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 3:00pm and gathering time for friends and family to begin at 1:00pm prior to the services located at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home Taylor Chapel 9800 Telegraph Road, Taylor, MI 48180.

    Abraham, Nicole (Kennedy 2002)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Nicole Abraham. Nicole passed away March 5, 2022, Age 39. Beloved mother of Emma Jane Hickey and Ellie Marie Hickey. Dearest daughter of Sandra and the late Nassef Abraham. Loving sister of Michelle (Jennings) Rickard, Chelsea Abraham, Valerie Abraham, Amy Abraham, and the late Kim Abraham. Dear niece of the late Sue Lavender and Janice (Aunt Bell) Collier. Nicole is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation was Saturday March 12, 2022 from 12:00 pm until the time of service at 3:00 pm at the John K. Solosy Funeral Home.

    Miller Maudlin Haas, Dolores (Taylor Center 1963)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Dolores Miller Maudlin Haas. Dolores passed away on June 9, 2022. Age 76 of Taylor. Loving mother of Janice Gesch, James (Robin) Maudlin, Joseph (Amy) Maudlin, and Jodi (Daryl Jr.) Thomas. Dear sister of Daniel (Cindy) Miller, Dianne Miller, and David (Barbie) Miller. Dearest grandmother of Krystle, Michelle, Andrew, Tiffany, Justin, Kyle, Daniel, Seth, Todd, Rachel, Trevor, and Emily. Loving great-grandmother of Hannah, Tyler, Emily, Sophia, Jordan, Connor, Julian, and Kyle Jr. Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Wanda Miller. She will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation Friday, June 17, 2022 from 2:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Funeral service Saturday 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Dolores’ guestbook

    Keith, Robert (Teacher and Counselor)

    The Taylor Schools Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Robert Keith, former Taylor Schools teacher and counselor. Mr. Robert (Bob) Keith, age 88, passed June 9, 2022 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Robert was a teacher at Brake Jr. and a counselor at Truman High School, retiring in 1997. Mr. Keith was instrumental in bring the JROTC program to Taylor and in creating a strong connection between the Down River Rotary Club businesses and the prize-winning landscaping and building beautification program at Truman called Project Facelift. Robert leaves his beloved wife, Elaine, 6 children, 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, a large extended family (mostly in Michigan) and many grateful students. A memorial service/Celebration of Life service is being planned for later this summer. The Keith Family may be contacted thru this address: Elaine Keith, 4030 W Plam Aire Dr. Apt.505, Pompano Beach, Florida, 33069

    Mosher, Nathon (Truman 1998)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Nathon Mosher. Nathon passed away on February 2, 2022. He was just 42 years old. He was kind, caring, compassionate, helpful, loving and a friend to all. He graduated from Taylor Center/Truman High School in 1998. He scored the final touch down for the Taylor Center Rams before it closed in 1997. He started his own HVAC business, Nathon’s Heating & Cooling. He was so excited and proud to have his own business like his Dad. He married Betsy in 2010, however they met in 7th grade when they were 13 years old. They have two beautiful children, Ava (9) and Liam (1). Nathon loved family time, working out and going on vacation. He was the best father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend anyone could ask for. He is a son to Andrew (Marykay) Mosher and Karen (Billy) Compton. He is a brother to Robert (Cassie) Mosher and Chelsea (Chris) Cates.
    Nathon loved all music, hip hop, rap, country, oldies, but was a big Frank Sinatra fan. He loved watching movies especially James Bond and Lost Boys with his kids. He will be forever missed by his family and his friends.
    Visitation was held on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 1:00-7:00PM and the funeral service was held at 7:00PM located at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home Taylor Chapel 9800 Telegraph Rd. Taylor, MI 48180.

    Kalsic, Sandra (Fischer Elementary Teacher)

    The Taylor Schools Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Sandra Kalsic, retired Fischer Elementary School Teacher and second grade volunteer who passed away June 7, 2022. Below are the arrangements:

    VIEWING: Monday, June 13th, 2022
    2:00PM – 8:00PM
    Bobcean Funeral Home
    26307 E. Huron River Dr.
    Flat Rock, MI 48134

    FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, June 14th, 2022
    12:00PM
    Bobcean Funeral Home
    26307 E. Huron River Dr.
    Flat Rock, MI 48134

    Blevins, Archie (Kennedy 1992)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Archie Blevins. Archie L. Blevins, Jr. Age 48, of Taylor, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 11, 2022. Born August 25, 1973 in Farmington, Michigan. He is the son of Archie L. and Cynthia A. (O'Deay) Blevins Sr. He attended John F. Kennedy High School in Taylor, graduating with the class of 1992. Growing up, Archie played hockey, baseball and football. As an adult, his love of sports transitioned to being a loyal fan of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers. He also enjoyed fishing and genuinely loved his family. Archie was loved by all and will be deeply missed by all those who know and loved him.
    To cherish his memory he leaves three daughters: Alyssa (Alan) Rodgers of Taylor, Shaelynn Blevins of Monroe, and Shelby Blevins of Belleville; his parents, Archie and Cynthia Blevins Sr. of Taylor; one sister, LeAnn M. Blevins of Taylor; four grandchildren: Alan, Amelia, Alex, and Amir; two nephews, Anthony and Sal; and two nieces Maria and Ciara.
    Visitation was held on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at Heritage Funeral Home, 15748 Fort Street, Southgate, MI, 48195 from 2:00 p.m. until services celebrating his life at 4:00 p.m. Rev. Daniel Brown will officiate. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow.
    Memorial contributions in Archie's memory are suggested to the family.

    Wigginton, Marcia (Truman Teacher)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Marcia Wigginton. Marcia M., age 79, of Grand Rapids, passed away on May 17, 2022. Beloved wife of Thomas Wigginton. Loving mother of Dana (John Shannon) Lepien and Brad (Kari) Wigginton. Dearest grandmother of Mackenzie, Courtney, Matthew, Brynn and Addyson. She is also survived by her brother Lowell (Patricia) Forsman of Seattle, sister-in-law Marcia Moses, niece Renae (Brian) Smith, great nephews Bryan, Owen and Balan. Marcia grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, and attended Edsel Ford High School and Eastern Michigan University. She taught high school for 22 years, retiring from Truman High School in Taylor, Michigan. She was also a talented seamstress, designing and making custom draperies. After retirement she owned MW Interiors using her design talents to decorate many homes in the downriver area and later purchased and merged her design studio with Scot-Viking Gifts, happily serving the Trenton community for fifteen years. She had many hobbies and talents but perhaps her most loved was singing in the choir at First Presbyterian Church of Trenton. Marcia was preceded in death by her parents Russell and Virginia Forsman, her brother-in-law Robert Moses and her in-laws Jim and Peg Wigginton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Penrickton Center for Blind Children (penrickton.org) or Cure Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (curepsp.org).

    Das, Stephen “Steve”(Kennedy 1982)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences tot he family and friends of Stephen "Steve" Das, age 57, of Taylor. Steve passed away Friday, May 6, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 am on Monday, May 9, 2022 at St. Constance Catholic Church in Taylor, MI Family received friends on Sunday, May 8, from 1:00-8:00 pm at Voran Funeral Home with a rosary prayed at 7:00 pm. Burial will take place at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown, MI. Stephen James Das was born May 15, 1964. One of ten children, Steve and his siblings shared a special bond and fostered a unique appreciation for family above all. Steve was often seen at his nieces and nephews sporting events cheering them on. He also enjoyed fishing, golf, bowling, and playing cards with his close friends on Friday nights. Those who knew Steve well, know he set a high bar for community service. He routinely put his own needs aside for the needs of others. At one time, he was an announcer and coach for the City of Taylor. He was proud to be a lector, usher, and an active member of St. Constance Parish.
    He enjoyed his career as a plumber and was the owner of Metropolitan Backflow. He launched his business with the guidance of his friend, George.
    Steve is survived by his family of friends, and his siblings; Tom, Larry (Chris), Jeannie (Kelly), Carol (Tim), Sharon (Keith), Rick (late Carolyn), Janet (Mike), Brian, Linda (Mark). Beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Betty Das. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to St. Constance Catholic Church.

    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 wgvillet@power-net.net or phone 989-561-5019, or let me know at johnpantalone@sbcglobal.net 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.

    Please share a memory of Derek on his tribute wall.

    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

    Fenn, Leon (Taylor Center 1962)

    Just received this obituary of Leon Thomas Fenn.
    Leon Thomas Fenn passed away suddenly on January 26, 2012 at the age of 67. He was the beloved father of Michael Fenn and Cheryl (Kuch). Loving grandfather of Amanda (Chris) Joseph, Joshua Fenn, Ally Kuch and Kassie Kuch.
    Visitation and Funeral Service were at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home 34567 Michigan Ave, Wayne, MI

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