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~

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    Darrel Lambert (Taylor Center 1980)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Darrel Wayne Lambert. Darrel, age 59, died on Sunday September 12, 2021 at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He was born on December 12, 1961 to the late Clifford Lambert and the late Martha (nee: Jahner) Shipman.
    Darrel was raised in Taylor and attended Taylor Center High School. After graduation, he joined the Army before obtaining his associate degree in college.
    In the early 90's Darrel became owner of United Auto Wholesale. He then went on to also purchase Michigan Auto Wholesale.
    Darrel enjoyed sailing and camping with Sue. When he was not working, he liked watching football and baseball. He also loved John Denver. Darrel had a special passion for animals. He would always take in strays at the shop and even brought one home.
    Darrel was the loving father of Benjamin and Jason (fiancé Melonie). Cherished grandfather of his pride and joy, Arianna. Beloved partner of Sue Kiss. Dear brother of Bob, Tammy (Mike) Courter, and the late Rocky.
    Visitation will be held on Friday, September 17 from 2pm - 5pm with a 4 pm Service at Chas. Verheyden, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230. A Private Interment will take place at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland, Michigan.

    Michael Schmerling (Kennedy 1970)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Michael Schermling. Michael passed away August 21, 2021.
    Michael's was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Catherine. He is survived by his sister, Theresa, two sons: Charles and John Schmerling, several nieces, nephews and his six cats, that he adored. Michael enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and was a history buff. Michael graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, Taylor, Michigan. He was a truck driver for ten years, and prior to driving truck, Michael was a dispatcher for barges in Louisiana for twenty five years.

    Steven West (Kennedy 1970)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Steven West. Steven Alan West passed away peacefully on September 3rd, 2021 at the age of 69. Beloved Husband of Susan for 50 years. Loving Father to Steve, Mike, and Jimmy (Alison). Cherished Grandfather to Cody, Rebecca, and Brandon. Great Grandfather to Lincoln and soon to be Bentley. Dearest Brother to Jack (the late Melissa), Ric (Lily), and Brian (Karin). Loving Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 1:00PM-6:00PM at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home Taylor Chapel 9800 S Telegraph Rd. Taylor, MI 48180

    Janet Gundlach Jaeger (Taylor Center 1971)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Janet Gundlach Jaeger. Janet passed away August 29, 2021. Janet is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Robert Lee Jaeger; their son, Karl Christian Jaeger; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Madison & MacKenzie Jaeger; and her father Glendon Schlott. She is predeceased by her mother, Carol Elizabeth Schlott.

    Janet was born August 25, 1953 in Detroit Michigan. She graduated from Taylor Center High School in 1971. She attended Adrian college for 2 years and worked various jobs until she found her passion working as the church secretary for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jackson Michigan. She worked there for 25 years, and just recently retired in December of 2020. She was so thrilled for the love & support that she received upon her retirement and looked forward to sleeping in and enjoying her free time.

    Janet married the love of her life, Robert Lee Jaeger, on June 29, 1973 and had their son Karl Christian Jaeger on February 15 of 1977. Her marriage of 48 years, her home and her family were her proudest achievements. She adored being a wife, mother & grandmother to 3 beautiful girls.

    Janet was an avid reader and loved to go camping anywhere with her husband. They especially enjoyed heading as far up into the UP as they could go and have passed that joy along to their son & his family. She loved music and could spend the evening talking & laughing with a vinyl record album playing in the background. Janet didn’t know a stranger, had a good heart and was always willing to help others. She will be deeply missed by her friends & family, especially her husband who has adored her for 50 years.

    There will be a private memorial in the next coming weeks; however, Janet felt very strongly about protecting her loved ones and community from the Covid virus. Therefore, the memorial will be very limited. We know that Janet has touched so many lives and wish that it were possible to bring everyone together. Know that your thoughts & prayers for the family are appreciated. If you would like to donate to your local food pantry in Janet’s memory, nothing would please her more.

    Wright, Wesley (Taylor Center 1961)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Wesley Raymond Wright, 78, of Taylor, MI. Wesley passed away August 8, 2021.
    Wesley was born in Wayne, Michigan on April 14, 1943 to Marland and Betty Wright. He attended Taylor Center High School and graduated in 1961.
    Wesley enjoyed camping and was an avid fisherman. He retired from General Motors after 30 years. He was the President of the Taylor Soccer League for many years and volunteered many hours growing that organization.
    Wesley was a solitary man for much of the second half of his life, but he was a great friend and kept a close circle of friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and cared deeply for his children and grandchildren. He loved life, and was living and making plans right until the end.
    He is survived by one son Raymond Wright; one daughter Melissa Mueller; 2 granddaughters Tori Wright and Mary Mueller; 2 brothers Larry (Nancy) Wright and David (Shirley) Wright; 2 sisters Deborah (James) Klingman and Angie (John) DeLisle. He was preceded in death by his father Marland Wright, his mother Betty Wright and one sister Paulette King.

    ***In lieu of flowers, you are encouraged to make a donation to the Coast Guard Foundation (link found below). Wesley served in the Coast Guard and would be honored by your donations.

    Headley, Gregory (Kennedy 1966)

    The Taylor Alumni Associations sends condolences to the family and friends of Gregory Lee Headley, age 73, of Carleton, Michigan. Gregory passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Monroe.
    Born on February 12, 1948 in Monroe, he was the son of Everett and Clara (Thorn) Headley. On June 10, 1967 he married JoAnn Anderson in Allen Park.
    Gregory served as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1967-1971.
    He became a self-employed Professional Residential Painter for 30 years until retiring in 2009.
    Gregory was a member of the VFW post 4093 in Carleton. He was proud to have served his country and the work he did to assist other veterans in their times of need.
    He was 1 of 1441 people who took part in a 40 year diabetes study with the National Institute of Health. Being part of the study since its inception, he was given the first designed version of the insulin pump. Through his struggle with diabetes, Greg found a way to make a positive difference partly by being active in numerous fundraisers for the American Diabetes Association.
    Greg and JoAnn were also active in helping with the fundraising efforts of the Flat Rock Business Association.
    He loved to spend time gardening and enjoying the outdoors. Gregory was known by his family for taking them on numerous adventures throughout their lives. The memories made were deeply treasured by him.
    Most of all, Gregory loved his family and was a proud husband, father and grandfather.
    Gregory was preceded in death by his parents.
    He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Headley, son, Matthew (Julie) Headley, and his grandchildren, Morgan, Hailee, Gunner, and Cooper.
    Visitation will be held at Bobcean Funeral Home, Flat Rock Chapel on Monday, July 19, 2021 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held at on Monday, July 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Pastor Jeffery Wade will officiate the service. A private burial will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan at a later date.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

    Hall, Arthur L. (Truman 1984)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Arthur Hall. Arthur passed away on July 31, 2021. Age 54 of Ocala, Florida. Beloved husband of Adriana Perez-Lopez, devoted father of Lucia Hall Perez, and stepfather to Miguel Cardona and Jiannina Cardona Cohen. In addition to his wife and children, Arthur is survived by his sister, Lori Hall-Araujo (Truman 1989), and parents, Lydia (Hall) Araujo (Taylor Center 1966) and Billy Hall. A memorial service will take place in Ocala on August 5th. A celebration of Arthur’s life will be held in Michigan at a future date. Please find details about the Michigan event and share memories or leave condolences at the Facebook page: @MemoryofArthurHall or email

    Arthur was a non-smoker who had his life cut short by lung cancer. The family encourages people to make donations to cancer research and to organizations dedicated to making the air we breathe cleaner.

    Hoover James, Susan (Taylor Center 1963)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Susan (Sue) Hoover James. Sue passed away July 24, 2021. Beloved mother of Keli (Darren) Jahner and Mark (Lauren) James. Loving grandmother of Matthew (Katie), Andrew (Isa), Hailey and Grace. Dearest significant other of Darrell Stanley. She is also survived by her brother James Hoover, her sister-in-law Barbara Shultz (TC 58), her nephew Dean Hoover and her niece Darla Barbee. She is preceded in death by her sister-in-law Barb Hoover and her dog Cody. Susan loved to golf, work in her flower garden, travel and go to the beach.
    Sunday, August 01, 2021
    1:00 ~ 6:00 PM
    Michigan Memorial Funeral Home

    Monday, August 02, 2021
    10:00 AM
    Michigan Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

    Calabrese Sclater, Mary Ann (Taylor Center 1957)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Mayr Ann Calabrese Sclater. Mary Ann passed away on July 16, 2021. Memorial services are July 29, 10am at Our Lady of Angels, 6442 Pelham, Taylor. Sister of Carolyn Calabreze Berro, (TC 1960) and brother Michael Calabrese (TC 1962).

    James, David (Taylor Center 1968)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of David A. James. David passed away June 9, 2021. Age 71 of Allen Park. Beloved husband of Karen. Loving father of Sarah, Bethany and Elizabeth (Donald Lowell) James. Dearest grandfather of Travis Crisp, Jaxon and Grace Lowell and Derrick James. Dear brother of Karen Tasky, Sheryl James-LaMay and Patrice (Warren) Lind. David was preceded in death by his parents Hayden and Mary James. David will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation was on Monday, June 14, 2021 from 11:30- 1 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Funeral service was Monday 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on David’s guestbook.

    Marker, Gerald "Jerry" (Truman 1977)

    The Taylor Schools Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Jerry Marker. Jerry passed away June 1, 2021. Age 61 of Taylor. Beloved husband of Kimberly Marker. Loving father of James (Amber) Thompson, Jackie (Dmitri) Bagatelia and Joseph Marker. Dearest grandfather of Kyle, Preston and Lucas. Dear brother of Marilyn (Tony) Stewart and Michelle (Jim) Ritchie. He was preceded in death by his parents John & Shirley Marker. Jerry will be deeply missed by his cat Caycee, family and friends. Visitation Friday, June 4, 2021 from 2- 6 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Funeral service Friday 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A live stream of the funeral service will be provided for the public. Please go to Jerry's tribute wall on his obituary page and a link will be available. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shriner Hospital for Children. Please share memories or leave condolences on Jerry’s guestbook.