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~

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Constantine, Charles (Teacher at Taylor Center, Truman, & Career Center)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Charles Arthur (Charlie) Constantine. Charles left this earthly world to continue his journeys on July 8, 2019. He was 88 years old. In those 88 years, Charlie led a life of accomplishments and adventures. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Charlie (birth name Constantinos) was the oldest son of Greek immigrant parents Arthur and Photine. He had a younger brother Vios (Vinnie). Growing up in Cambridge, MA, and working in the family bakery, Charlie learned the essentials of hard work. Charlie met his future wife Mary Ann Moore in Wisconsin while he was in the hospital following a car accident. He was a patient, and she was a dietician intern. They married in 1955 and had 47 years of loving marriage until her death. They eventually moved from Wisconsin to Michigan where they raised their family. Charlie was an Industrial Arts teacher for Taylor schools from 1960 until 1990, where he was typically known as “Mr. C”. Charlie was devout in his Catholic religion, which he shared with Mary Ann. He ensured he attended mass every week.
Charlie was a master craftsman and could design and build just about anything. In his basement workshop, he designed and built numerous projects for his family. He also used his craftsman skills to help friends and families build and upgrade their homes. He leaves a legacy of his handiwork among all his loved ones.
Charlie’s other personal passion was travel. He was a world traveler and was very proud of the fact that he traveled to all 7 continents. It was hard to find a country that he had not visited. When he traveled, he loved immersing himself in the local culture and getting off the “beaten path”. He enjoyed sharing and passing down his travel passions with his children and grandchildren.
Charlie was also very proud of his military service. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1947 until 1953, when he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. He was very passionate about military veterans and military history.
Charlie had many other passions, including fishing, “going hunting” up north with friends, baking, and socializing with close friends. He never stopped moving. However, what made him the proudest was his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. He talked constantly of how proud he was of the men and women that his children and grandchildren have grown up to become.
Charlie leaves to cherish his memory his children: Dean (Christine), Amy Fesler (Earl), Jim, and Ted (Lisa); his grandchildren Jeff Fesler(Cristin), Jon Fesler(Meaghan), Cristina Constantine, Alaina Constantine, and Kendal Constantine; and his great-grandchild Colleen Fesler. Charlie was proceeded in death by his parents, his brother and his wife.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to Downriver For Veterans www.downriverforveterans.org

Visitation: Friday, July 12, 2019, 2:00PM - 8:00PM, The Allen Park Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 10915 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101
In State: Saturday, July 13, 2019, 11:30AM - 12:00PM, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 9000 Laurence, Allen Park, MI 48101-1141
Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, July 13, 2019, 12:00PM - 1:00PM, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church

Cuccaro Lake, Sheila (Taylor Center 1972)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Sheila Cuccaro Lake. Sheila, age 64 of Allen Park. Loving wife of Roy Lake for 30 years. Loving mom of Tim (Jamie) and Ray (Tonia). Loving grandmother of two granddaughters Allysa and Lillian. Beloved sister of Joey, the late Tony and the late Katherine. She loved the beach and watching her granddaughters play softball. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Dearborn Animal Shelter.
Visitation: Sunday, June 23, 2019, 2:00PM - 8:00PM. Service: Monday, June 24, 2019, 10:00AM
The Allen Park Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes
10915 Allen Rd
Allen Park, MI 48101

Moffatt, Gordon "Gordy" (Kennedy 1972)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Gordon Moffatt. Gordon “Gordy” Moffatt, age 65 of Wyandotte, passed away peacefully at home June 7th, 2019. Loving husband of Nancy. Dear father of Tracy, Emy, Jennifer, Jessica, and Paul Joseph. Proud grandfather of Shane, Cammy, Alex, Cayden, Alyssa, Trent, Navaeh, Makenna, Taylor, Bryce, and Amelia. Also survived by his siblings; Pamela (Dave) Blaess, Jeannie (Jeff) Soblo, Deborah (Brian) Wright, Donald (Angela), Timothy (Amy); sisters in law Paula Moffatt, Evelyn Jane (Glen) Miracle; and several nieces and nephews. Gordy was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Dixie, as well as a brother Terry.i
Visitation - Monday, June 10, 2019, 1:00PM - 6:00PM, The Allen Park Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes 10915 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101

Pantalone, Janet (Alumni Founder, John Pantalone’s wife)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends our condolences to John Pantalone and his family and friends as his wife Janet of 65 years of marriage passed away on Friday June 7th, 2019.
The family has decided to have a private service.
Send condolences to johnpantalone@sbcglobal.net

Eichold, Russell (Taylor Center 1966)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Russ Eichold. Russ passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019. Beloved husband of Bonnie Ann Eichold. Loving father of Russell D. Eichold. Dearest grandfather of Jacob Eichold. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Russell D and Mildred G. Eichold. His cremation will take place at “The Witness Crematory” located inside of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home.
Visitations: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 4:00 ~ 8:00 PM, Michigan Memorial Funeral Home
Services::Monday, June 03, 2019, In-State ~ 10:00 AM, Service ~ 11:00 AM
St. John Lutheran Church
13115 Telegraph Rd.
Taylor, MI 48180
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children Hospital, www.stjude.org

Sisco, Richard (Spanish Teacher -Taylor Center,West)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of teacher Richard Sisco. Richard, Age 76, of Trenton. Passed away May 22, 2019. Beloved husband of Joanne M. Sisco, whom he married June 18, 1966. Loving father of Christopher (Carri) Sisco, Matthew Sisco, William (Whitney) Sisco and Marabeth (Dylan) Wilson. Proud grandfather of 7. Dear brother of Don (Marsha) Sisco. Richard was a teacher for 40 years at the Taylor Public Schools. Visitation Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at The Trenton Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 3200 West Rd. Funeral service Thursday, May 30, 2019, instate 10am until 11am service at First Presbyterian Church, Trenton.

LaBelle, Terry (Kennedy 1967)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Terry LaBelle. Terry LaBelle, age 69, passed away Tuesday, April 23 after a long battle with cancer. Terry was born in Trenton, MI and attended John F. Kennedy High School in Taylor. Following graduation, Terry attended Ferris State University school of engineering. After his first year in college, Terry enlisted in the US Army and served in Vietnam from July 1968 to April 1970 as a sergeant in the Infantry. He was awarded several medals for bravery and heroism, including the Bronze Star. Following his discharge from the Army, Terry finished his mechanical engineering degree at Western Michigan University. WMU was also where he met and married the love of his life Sue on August 19, 1972. After graduation, Terry worked in the transportation industry as a manager in Louisville, KY, Ft. Wayne, IN, Indianapolis, IN, Flint and Ionia, MI. After a successful career as an engineer with Steelcase for 10 years he went on to become an entrepreneur. He started and owned several businesses in the Grand Rapids area. Terry loved golfing, fishing and sailing, and spent many summers sailing on Muskegon Lake with his family. He loved being outdoors and watching wildlife. He also loved a good challenge and never gave up until he solved the problem or found the answer. Even when facing a terminal illness Terry maintained a wonderful sense of humor, loved to laugh and tell jokes, and had a positive outlook on life. “Life is like riding a bicycle…to keep your balance you must keep moving.”

Terry was preceded in death by his nephews, Nathan and Evan LaBelle and his parents Paul and Eileen LaBelle. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Sue, and children Rachel (Jess) Olmsted and Gregory Nicholas. His siblings Dennis (Roxanne) LaBelle, Cynthia (Brad) Heap, Brett (Carol) LaBelle and Rodney (Linda) LaBelle and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday May 2nd, 2019 at 11 AM at Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4291 Cascade Rd. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Disabled American Veterans or Faith Hospice.

Williams, Eric (Taylor Center 1969)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Eric Wiliams? Eric passed away on April 25, 2019. Beloved husband of Jill. Loving father of Jill (Stephen) Gentner and Erika (David) Vivio. Proud grandfather of William, Audrey, Evelyn, Ethan, Owen and Norah. Preceded in death by his parents James and Alfreda Williams and his brother Carl Williams.

Viewing Saturday, April 27, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Celebration of life at 4:30 pm
The Trenton Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes
3200 West Road
Trenton, MI 48183

Contributions in memory of Eric's life may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Crawford Allen, Janet (Taylor Center 1961)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Janet Crawford. Janet passed away April 12, 2019.
Funeral arrangements are Tuesday, April 16, 10:00 am Viewing. 11:00 am Service at Heart of the Shepherd 228 N. Burkhart Road, Howell, Michigan 48843 / 517-552-7218

Arsenault, Gregory (Taylor Center 1974)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Gregory Arsenault. Gregory Passed away on April 11, 2019. Age 62 of Farmington Hills. Beloved husband of Marion Arsenault. Loving father of Gregory (Kelly) Arsenault II, Andrea (Randy) Morris, and Jason Arsenault. Dear brother of Steve (Lisa) Arsenault, David Arsenault, and Lori (Don) Norton. Dearest grandfather of Isabelle, Noah, and Randy Jr. Loving brother-in-law of Macena, Vicki, Jimmy, and Barbara. Dear uncle of many nieces and nephews. Greg will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 1-8 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 278-5100. Funeral service Tuesday 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Collins, Edward (Taylor Center 1971)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Edward (Eddie) Collins. Edward Michael Collins (65), born July 28, 1953, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Ed was the beloved husband of 46 years to Elaina Collins (Herron), loving father to Stacy (Mike) Shopshear, Sam (Cortney), Ryan (James) Bishop, and Lindsey (Brennen) Fraley. He will forever and fondly be remembered as Papa to his seven grandchildren, Brenten (Michelle), Taylor (Jake), Blake (Shaina), Caden, Valor, Crew, and Kinsley, with the new addition of granddaughter Miklynn to arrive in April; and also to his three greatgrandchildren Carter, Chase, and Maxton, with the new addition of another great grandson to arrive in July. Eddie is also survived in life by his brothers Jim (Charlotte) and Mark (Betty). He will also be adoringly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, including the closeness he shared with his mother-in-law and brother(s)-in-law, and his dear friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Irene Francis, his father Jim, his brother Pat, his father-in-law Rae Herron, and his precious grandparents, Sam & Marie Allison, and Mark & Irma Collins.

Family and friends will be received on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm until 5:30 pm, with memorial service to begin at 6:00 pm at Grace Point/Riverview Church of God (15633 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, Mi. 48193). Any monetary donations may be made to the family.

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