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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    Adamczyk, Robert (Retired Principal and teacher)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Robert (Bob) Robert was a teacher and principal in the Taylor School District. He was a principal at Eureka Heights, Racho and Wareing. Robert was married to Ellen (Hood) St. Thomas, a retired Taylor School District teacher.
    Robert Stanley Adamczyk, age 90, resident of Van Buren Township passed away on November 18, 2022, at home in Hospice care surrounded by family. He was born on May 2, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan to Stanley Urban Adamczyk and Olga Cunigunde (Galinus) Adamczyk. Robert graduated from high school and went on to continue his education earning three college degrees. He would continue to become a teacher, librarian, and an elementary school principal. He was a very active man. Robert was an avid gardener, carpenter, and very passionate about life. He listened to public radio often and had a very admirable zest for living, he took life by the horns and kept active until he experienced a stroke in August. He was married to Ellen St. Thomas for 32 wonderful years. Robert was an active and devoted father and believed in lifelong learning often saying, “The adventure goes on.” His family notes there was never a dull moment with Robert. Most of all he loved to be learning new things and be with his beloved family.
    Robert is survived by his wife, Ellen St. Thomas of Van Buren Township, his children, daughters, Margaret Gabriel of Van Buren Township, MI, Susan Wood of Medford, Oregon, son David (Connie) Adamczyk of Grosse Ile, MI, stepson, Kevin Hood and wonderful daughter in law Sue Hood who Robert referred to as his “Girl Friday” of Taylor, MI, five grandchildren, Matthew, Clark, Jordan, Jacob, and Joseph, his faithful and wonderful caregivers Christina Zalma-Meyer as well as many nieces and nephews, and many friends and neighbors.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Margaret, and his brother Richard.
    A private family memorial will be planned in the future. In accordance with his wishes dignified cremation rites have been accorded. Please keep Robert’s family in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

    Cumberledge Collier, Dana (Kennedy 1993)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Dana Cumberledge Collier. Dana passed away November 4, 2022, peacefully in her sleep. Dana was born on June 11, 1975, to Sam and Carolyn Cumberledge (Bartolo). She graduated John F. Kennedy High School in 1993 and married her high school sweetheart, and love of her life, James D Collier on May 27, 1995. Dana was an accountant by profession, she graduated Dorsey School of Business in 1997 and worked many years in her field enjoying working with numbers and most of all meeting new people. She had a son, James (Caleb) Collier and a daughter, Madison H. Collier. Dana loved being a mother, she adored her children; they were her world. She had a passion for volunteering in the school. As her children made their way through primary school, she was working in the school almost every day. Dana was a beautiful person both inside and out. She was born a tender hearted, caring, and giving person who shared her love with others for the duration of her life. She loved to read books, watch movies, and spend time with her family and friends. Dana was loved by all and will be missed by many.

    Dana was preceded in death by four grandparents, George Richel, Virgil Cumberledge, Roxie M. Richel-Frederick, and (Jeanette) June Bartolo, Father Sammy D. Cumberledge, special niece Ashley Weisenstein, two uncles, one aunt, and three cousins. She is survived by grandfather Oscar M. Bartolo, mother Carolyn S. Cumberledge (Bartolo), husband James D. Collier, sister Megan L. Cumberledge, son Janes (Caleb) Collier, daughter Madison H. Collier, special niece Ariyah R. Henry and many others.
    A memorial will be held to honor Dana's life: December 17, 2022 at Harvest Worship Center, 23233 Wick Road Taylor, MI 48180. Receiving friends 11:00am-1:00pm, memorial service beginning at 1:00 pm. Memorial tributes to Dana, the family is humbly requesting support for funeral expenses in lieu of flowers. Please make donations via Venmo @Megan-Cumberledge-2 or by mail to 9782 Highway 221 Woodruff, SC 29388

    Hoffman Sanlor, Jean (Taylor Center 1962)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Jean Hoffman Sanlor. On September 23, 2021, Jean passed away at the age of 77. Beloved wife of Jerry Sr. for 58 wonderful years. Loving mother of Jerry Jr. (Victoria) and Leanne (Jeffrey) Chesney. Cherished grandmother of Jaquelyne, Joshua, Johnathan, Nicholas, and Jacob.
    Dear sister of the late Richard Hoffman and Gordon Hoffman. Dearest sister-in-law of Grace (Les) Rose. Aunt of Kristin (Robert) Reynolds. Great aunt of Adler Reynolds.
    Jean was born in Detroit, Michigan to Richard and Elizabeth Hoffman on March 23, 1944. Having grown up in Taylor, Michigan she was a Taylor Center graduate who loved reading books and shopping with family and friends. Jean was very loving and caring to everyone she met. She loved being a grandmother and cherished the time she got to spend with her grandchildren.
    Being so energetic – Jean would keep busy cooking and baking for her family and friends. She was a devoted and active parishioner of St. Alfred Catholic Church and proudly worked at Right To Life.
    Jean will be dearly missed by her friends and family.
    Visitation was from 3:00PM until 8:00PM on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at the Taylor Chapel of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 9800 Telegraph Rd.
    Funeral mass was at 9:30AM (Instate 9:00AM) on Monday, September 27, 2021 at St. Alfred Catholic Church located at 24175 Baske St., Taylor, Michigan.

    Schiebold, Ted (Taylor Center 1972)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Ted A. Schiebold. Ted, age 68 of Taylor, MI passed away November 2, 2022. Loving Husband of Cheryl Schiebold, together for 36 years. Loving and one of a kind Dad to Mindy (Paul) Duran and Richard (Jackie) Consul. Proud Papa Ted of Trey, Ella, Abby, Dylan and Reagan. Loving son of Donna and the late Allan Schiebold. Beloved brother of Tony Schiebold, Kim Schiebold-Beluzo, Kirk Schiebold and the late Janis (Carl) Verba. Proud uncle of Jennifer Verba and Benjamin Beluzo. He will be greatly missed by his furry friend Bella, as well as his many friends and extended family. Ted was a former Taylor School Board member.
    Viewing: Friday, November 11, 2022, 3:00PM - 9:00PM. Rosary will be Friday, November 11, 2022, 7:00PM.
    The Allen Park Chapel - Martenson Family of Funeral Homes 10915 Allen Rd., Allen Park, MI 48101 Allen Park, MI 48101

    Hinneberg, Shannon (Truman 2003)

    Just received this obituary.
    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Shannon Hinneburg of Whitmore Lake, MI. Shannon, age 36, passed away Friday morning, June 17, 2022, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born on October 9, 1985, in Trenton, Michigan.
    Shannon was a 2003 graduate of Truman High School in Taylor, Michigan and later began working as a baker. She worked for Tim Horton’s, Einstein Bagel’s and most recently was employed with Panera Bread in Canton.
    Shannon enjoyed shopping, reading and being outdoors. She also would spend her freetime playing video games, her favorite being Animal Crossings. However, her greatest joy was her children and spending time with her family. She loved being a mom and was looking forward to getting married this September to the love of her life, Sam DeNino.
    Survivors besides her fiancé Sam include her mother and stepfather, Sandy and Scott Elka, her father and stepmother, Rick and Denise Hinneburg,
    Her children: Otto, Logan and Emily Bartel, Declan DeNino, stepchildren: Savannah Whittney and Devin and Anastasia DeNino, along with her siblings: Richard (Jessica) Hinneburg, Brandon Elka, and Shaylyn Hinneburg. Many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also survive.
    She was preceded in death by her grandparents

    Visitation was held at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan on Tuesday, June 21st. from 3:00-8:00pm where the funeral service was held 11:00am. Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Contributions may be made to the family.

    Hepler, Edwin (Taylor Center 1982)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Edwin (Eddie) Russell Hepler age 58, of Taylor, Michigan. Edwin was taken into the arms of his God peacefully in his sleep on Saturday October 22, 2022.
    He was a firm believer in his Catholic Religion and would aways say "The good Lord's got me."
    Eddie was a loving father of his two children, Tyler and Brianna (Mike), And a caring Husband to Holly. He was the beloved son to Mary and the late Edwin Hepler.
    A dear bother to Michael (Aly) and to Renee (Greg) Oliva, and a dear uncle to Jonathan and Jordan. Eddie loved his job and was employed at CBRE as a service Technician and was loved by many.
    He was a Taylor Center Highs School Graduate class of 1982. He also had certifications as a boiler operator and an HVAC technician. Eddie Loved his dog Nemo, and his bird Oscar.
    He was a caring, loving, funny, hard-working person, and a good provider for his family. He was a simplistic person with an optimistic attitude. Resilient and stubborn, but he did always say "we will find a way to fix it."
    Eddie loved being outdoors. He was either laying in the sun tanning or drinking a beer around his backyard bonfires. He also loved to golf from time to time.
    He had many hobbies and interests. He loved woodworking and building things. If you wanted it, he would build it. Eddie also enjoyed collecting antiques and old bottles. Anything that was old or looked old he collected and saved it.
    There will be a Memorial Mass at St. Alfred Catholic church 24175 Baske St. Taylor, MI 48180 on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 11:00am and instate will begin at 10:45am.

    Jenkins, Timothy ( Taylor Center 1979)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Timothy, Jenkins. Age 61. Tim passed away October 25, 2022. Beloved husband of Suzanne. Loving father of Amy (Nico) Fernandez and Linzy Jenkins. Dearest grandfather of Lena. Visitation only will be from 12:00pm- 7:00pm Saturday, October 29 at Weise Funeral Home, 7210 Park, Allen Park (313-382-1150.
    Private Interment at Michigan Memorial Park.
    Tim went to TC Jr & TC high but did not graduate, received a GED and started Hi-Tech Auto.

    Lee, Deborah (Taylor Center 1971)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Deborah "Deb" P. Lee, A Resident of Schaumburg, IL.
    Deborah "Deb", 69, born March 2, 1953 in Dearborn, MI to George and Helen (nee Szabo) passed away suddenly October 4, 2022 at her home in Schaumburg.
    Deb was the beloved sister of Sandra (Robert) Hart of Bloomington, IN.
    Funeral services will be privately held for the family.

    Vieceli Santoro, Linda (Taylor Center 1971)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Linda Santoto. Linda Louise Santoro, age 69, of River Falls, WI, passed away on October 17, 2022, at her home with family by her side following her fierce battle with renal cancer. She was born on September 5, 1953, to parents John and Dorothy Vieceli in Trenton, Michigan.
    Linda was married to James Santoro on January 6, 1973, and together they were blessed with a daughter Jennifer. She worked as a wire transfer investigator at US Bank in St. Paul until her first granddaughter, Haley was born. Linda also worked as a teacher’s aide at the Montessori Day in Cottage Grove, Minnesota where her grandchildren attended. She loved working with children and continued working at the school even after her grandchildren advanced. Linda was devoted to her faith, family and friends and had a kind and generous heart.
    She will remain in the hearts of her husband of 49 years Jim; Daughter Jennifer (Steve) Bovitz; grandchildren Haley and Bella; siblings John (Nanette) Vieceli and Cheryl Brock; siblings in law Tom (Carol) Santoro, Pat (Lonnie) Gillum, and Betty (Tom) Chaney.
    She is preceded in death by her parents, parents- in-law Elizabeth and Thomas Santoro and brother-in-law Alvin Brock.
    A mass of Christian burial for Linda will be held on Friday, October 21, 2022 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in River Falls. Mass was at 11am with a visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Interment was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Hudson, WI at 3pm. Memorials are preferred to the family.

    Heaberlin, Lisa Ann (Kennedy 1991)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Lisa Ann Heaberlin, age of 49. Lisa passed away peacefully in Grosse Pointe, MI on October 23, 2022. Loving daughter of Mary (Mike) Smith. Loving sister of Brandon and Nathan. Loving aunt of Tyler (Brandi) and Brandon. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Walter and Alberta, and her aunt, Linda Nguyen. She was also loved by many of her cousins and friends. Viewing Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    The Allen Park Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 10915 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101

    Pfeiffer, Kathleen (Kennedy 1970)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Kathleen Pfeiffer, 70, of Alpena. Kathleen passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022, at McLaren Northern Michigan.
    Kathy was born December 31, 1951, in Detroit to the late Jacob and Florence (Korejsza) Pfeiffer.
    She was a one of kind personality who enjoyed spending time with her family and playing cards with her Euchre buddies. She also enjoyed crafts and her time spent working at the Besser Museum where she worked as an Educational Assistant and Researcher. Her faith always guided her in life and never feared death because of the certainty that she was going home to be with her Lord. She will be dearly missed.
    Kathy is survived by her 2 children, Cheri (Jeff) Gibson, and Phillip Lucaroni, 3 siblings, Jacob (Linda) Pfeiffer, David (Cindy) Pfeiffer, and Jonathon Pfeiffer, 3 granddaughters, Brandy, Madison, Brooklyn, and her fur baby Daisy. She was preceded by her infant daughter, Jennifer Lucaroni.
    Kathy has been taken for cremation with no services planned at this time. McWilliams Funeral Home has assisted the family. Online condolences can be registered at

    Thomas, Maria (Kennedy 1977)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Maria Thomas. Maria Jane Thomas, age 63, of Holiday, Florida passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2022. Maria was from Taylor, Michigan and was born on June 20, 1959. Maria Jane Thomas graduated from John F. Kennedy High and later received her Associate in Arts Degree and Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Degree from Pasco-Hernando State College. Maria had a career in cosmetology for 40 years. She also was a free lance portrait artist, pianist and humanitarian. Maria was a member of St.George Orthodox Church and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. She had a passion for people, uplifting others with positive words and doing thoughtful deeds for others. Maria Jane Thomas is survived by her son Austin Hildreth and grandchildren Parker, Della, and Grace Hildreth. Her brother George Thomas and sisters Christine and Denise Thomas. Her parents Helen and Leo Thomas.

    A visitation for Maria will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Meadowlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 4244 Madison Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652. A visitation will occur Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 9426 Little Rd,, New Port Richey, FL 34654. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 9426 Little Rd,, New Port Richey, FL 34654. A graveside service will occur Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 4244 Madison Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652.

    Grove, David (Kennedy 1970)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of David Grove. David L. Grove, of South Rockwood, passed away September 29, 2022. Loving husband of Susan (K 69) for 48 beautiful years. Beloved father of Megan (Joe) Solis. Proud grandpa of Serena. Dear brother of Judy and the late Cathy. He is preceded in death by his parents Lynne and Virginia Grove. He is survived by many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.
    David enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing, hunting and bowling. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He worked at General Motors as a journeyman for 30 years before retiring.
    No service.

    Potts, Marlon P. (Kennedy 1977)

    The Taylor Alumni Association just received an obituary and would like to extend condolences to the family and friends of Marlon P. Potts.
    Marlon Parry Potts, age 51 of Studio City, CA, formerly of Taylor died Friday, May 6, 2011. He was born on September 12, 1959 in Dearborn, the son of Perry and Lola (Neace) Potts. Marlon was a 1977 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and was a movie producer in California. Loving brother of Curtis (Patti) Potts of Howell and uncle of Katelyn and Joshua. Funeral service was Thursday at 11 AM (visitation 9-11 AM) at MacDonalds Funeral Home, Howell. (517-546-2800).

    LaBelle, Dennis (Kennedy 1969)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Dennis A. LaBelle. Dennis, age 71 of Taylor, Michigan passed away August 29, 2022. Beloved husband of Roxanne LaBelle. Loving father of Renee Marion LaBelle. He is survived by his siblings Rodney (Linda) LaBelle, Brett (Carol) LaBelle, as well as many nieces, nephews, friends, and family. He is preceded in death by his son Nathan Paul LaBelle, parents Paul and Eileen LaBelle, brother Terry LaBelle, sister Cynthia LaBelle Heap and nephew Evan LaBelle.
    Dennis married his high school sweetheart in 1970, Roxanne Gomez. They were married just short of 53 years. He loved nature and camping with their two children and keeping in touch with his family and lifelong friends. He was a hard worker and would retire from General Motors as a lead in plaster plastic patterns after many years. Providing for his family was his love language. Dennis loved to feed all the feral cats in the neighborhood and working around the yard. He loved his therapy cat Max with all his heart.
    His love, kindness and strength will be missed until the end of time. He is now reunited with his son Nathan, his very best friend.

    Hallabrin, Carol (Kennedy 1971)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Carol S. Hallabrin. Carol, age 69, of Clermont, Florida passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022. Carol was born June 18, 1953 in Wyandotte, Michigan. A public visitation for Carol will be held Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, 428 E PLANT ST, WINTER GARDEN, FL 34787. A graveside committal with military honors will occur Friday, September 23, 2022 from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513.

    Locklear, Marcus (Taylor Center 1994)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Marcus Locklear. Marcus, 46, was born on March 19, 1976 in Dearborn, Michigan to Milton and Fayelene Locklear of Taylor, Michigan and departed from this life on August 29, 2022. Marcus graduated from Tayler Center High School in 1994. He graduated from Ferris State University in 1999 and pursued a degree in Nuclear Medicine. He was an employee of Scotland Memorial Hospital for over 20 years. Marcus was a lover of many things. He had a love for sports, you could find him wearing a Michigan shirt with UNC shorts all the time. He was always cheering on Michigan football “Go Blue” and UNC Basketball “Go Heels”. He loved Conway Twitty, George Jones and Earl Thomas Conley. Because of his son’s desire to hunt and fish he oddly enough became a hunter and a fisherman. Now, he was no Davy Crockett or Jeremy Wade when it came to hunting and fishing. In fact, after killing his first deer he called his wife and asked “What do I do Now”? He would even wear gloves to hook his bait but this became an act of love that he shared with his family. His love for grilling earned him the title of “Grill Master”. In the summer of 2001, during Lumbee Homecoming, Marcus was visiting family when he met a woman that changed the course of their lives. She was a small-town girl and he was a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. After years of dating, on December 30, 2005, in front of God and hundreds of family members and friends they became one. With the building of their marriage and future came the building of a home and their family. Together they built a life that they only dreamed of. Marcus loved many things, but his most loved possession was his family. He was a member of United by Faith Community Ministries Church.

    He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Randall Chavis and paternal grandparents, Pauline and Stinson Locklear.

    To forever share his legacy are his wife, Beth; children, Candace Niyah and Jaythan Bryce; maternal grandmother, Stella Mae Chavis; mother-in-law, Judy Chavis; father-in-law, Ronnie (Sherry) Chavis; sister, Isa (Chris) Harmon; brother-in-law, Ryan (Janadean) Chavis; nieces and nephews, Minah, Jonathan, Ava, Jacob, Rylee and Ronni; God-sister, Emily Chasity Dial and an abundance of family, friends and co-workers.