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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  • Taylor Center High School
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    Ellen Marie Hodges (Algebra Teacher at Kennedy and Truman)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Ellen Hodges. Ellen passed away November 19, 2020. Ellen was born in Lockport, New York, to James and Mary Ellen Murphy. She was the oldest of six children in a large and loving Irish Catholic family. When she was four, the family put down roots in Dearborn, Michigan. Ellen was proud to be Catholic educated and talked fondly of the nuns who formed her academically and spiritually. She graduated from Rosary High School in 1965.
    She attended Eastern Michigan University, where she met and married Richard Hodges. She was his steadfast wife for 51 years. Their family grew in February 1970 with the birth of William, and Ellen knew she found her life’s calling as a mother. Julie was born eight years later, and their nuclear family was complete.
    Ellen was an active presence in her children’s lives, and often volunteered to be with them. She was a Boy Scout den leader and a Catechism teacher. She hosted play dates and classroom parties at the house. She was playful and imaginative with her children, and she loved them endlessly and unconditionally.
    Ellen’s teaching career began while Julie was in elementary school. She worked in a variety of places as a substitute and a permanent classroom teacher. She eventually landed in Taylor Public Schools and taught at Truman and Kennedy High Schools. Her specialty was Algebra I and she took great pleasure in helping students understand and master math skills. She was passionate about teaching, and rarely took a day off, even after illness and surgery. She retired from Taylor Schools in 2002.
    Ellen and Richard’s family expanded over time with the addition of daughter-in-law Kelly (1993), granddaughter Eiryn (1999), and son-in-law Brian (2002). Her roster of grandchildren grew with Mary (2004), Steven (2004), and Lily (2008). Words cannot express how much Ellen adored her grandchildren. They were always on her mind, and she talked about them with anyone who would listen. She became their personal shopper, card-sender, knitter, and playmate. One of the many blessings in Ellen’s life was that she had a long retirement in which she could be an active and engaged grandmother.
    In her retirement, Ellen kept busy by spending time with her children and grandchildren, knitting for everyone (family, friends, neighbors, the mail carrier, doctors, etc.), visiting with her many friends, talking for hours on the phone, watching football, spending time at her cottage in Indian River, and going to church. Her Catholic faith was a gift and a solace to Ellen as she experienced profound loss and in her later years.
    Ellen was predeceased by her brother Daniel, brother Michael, father James, sister Maureen, and mother Mary Ellen. Through all these losses, Ellen provided comfort and stability to her family. Loss taught Ellen the importance of living in the moment, being charitable with her time and energy, and communicating love and support without restraint. She used to say that longevity didn’t run in the Murphy family, and her own early death highlights that.
    Ellen died on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Henry Ford Wyandotte hospital after a short but fierce battle with ovarian cancer. She was with her husband and her children in her final hours. She was grateful for the loving care she was given by her doctors and especially her final nurse, Erica.
    Ellen chose to be cremated. The family has decided to scatter her ashes near her beloved cottage in Indian River, a place that she loved and held such wonderful memories for her.
    A celebration of life ceremony will be held in the spring. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

    Paluszewski-Foce, Jo Ann (Truman 1977)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Jo Ann Paluszewski Foce. Jo Ann passed away on December 18, 2020 at age 61.
    Beloved mother of Alexandria (Eric) DeJules and Christopher Foce. Loving grandmother of Garrett and Owen DeJules. Dear sister of Richard (Alana) Paluszewski and Amy (Robert) Neal. Adored aunt of nieces and nephews Melanie (Marc) Karaba, James Butz, Lela and Abbey Neal and grand nephews Zander and Xavier Karaba. Also survived by her aunt, Nancy Grant, and uncle, Robert Taylor. Preceded in death by her parents, Norbert and Janet Paluszewski.

    She was a devoted mother, sister and grandmother and was always there for her family. She was very generous, and would do anything for anyone. Friends and neighbors enjoyed talking and laughing with Jo Ann as well as receiving greeting cards and flowers. They all looked forward to her annual Halloween Party. She leaves behind scrapbooked albums of photos and memories for her children and grandchildren. Grammie provided playdates filled with fun, warm hugs and affection. Family members will miss Auntie’s presence at every celebration, game, competition, and performance. Jo Ann was employed as a med-tech by Beaumont Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn.

    Cremation arrangements provided by Voran Funeral Home, Taylor, with interment and a memorial to be determined at a later date.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shelter to Home Animal Rescue in Wyandotte.

    MacArthur, Colin (Truman 1976)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Colin MacArthur. Colin passed away December 15, 2020. Born in Detroit, Colin was the son of John and Anna (MacKinnon) MacArthur. A graduate of Harry S. Truman High School, Colin then earned his Associate Degree from Wayne County Community College. He married the love of his life, Diane McDonald, on November 2, 1985. Colin was a member of St. Constance Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting and riding his motorcycle, but his most treasured times were those spent with his family.
    Colin leaves to cherish his memory, Diane, his wife of the past 35 years; children: Theresa MacArthur, James MacArthur and Jennifer MacArthur; a granddaughter Sophia Bourassa; as well as his siblings: John MacArthur, Doug MacArthur, Paul MacArthur and Malcolm MacArthur. Sadly he was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Helen Hall.

    Avery, Wayne (Taylor Center 1958)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Wayne Avery. Wayne passed away on December 10, 2020. Age 80 of Brownstown. Beloved husband of Kathleen. Loving father of Matthew (Stacey) Avery, Melissa (Bryan) Tapp, and Meredith West, through marriage additional children David (Jana) Czopek, Scott (Julie) Czopek, Daniel (Genevieve) Czopek, and the late Steven Czopek. Dear brother of Kenneth (Connie) Avery, the late Thomas (Jo) Avery, and Cheryl (Late Jim) Adams. Dearest grandfather of Quinn, Chloe, Dakota A., Kealani, Deacon, Dylan and Nevada, through marriage additional grandchildren Dakota C., Madelyn, Andrew, Julianna, and Sofia. Loving great-grandfather of Daxton. For many years Wayne served as the Treasurer for the City of Taylor and was very active in the community. Wayne will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation Friday, December 18, 2020 from 2- 8 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Rd.Taylor, Michigan 48180 (313) 291-1800. Funeral service Friday 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A live stream of the funeral service will be provided for the public. Please go to Wayne's tribute wall on his obituary page and a link will be available. Inurnment Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations can be made to American Kidney Foundation or VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Wayne’s guestbook.