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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  • 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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    Waterman, Warren (Kennedy 1976)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Warren Waterman. Warren Waterman passed away at his home on March 28, 2024 at the age of 66. He was born on February 2, 1958. Warren was a lifelong resident of the City of Taylor, Michigan, attending Taylor Center Elementary School as a young boy, then West Jr. High School and graduated from Kennedy High School in 1976. After graduating from high school, Warren received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami. He gained a strong work ethic from his loving mother and his father who was a World War II Pilot. Warren was an attorney and served as a Magistrate for the 23rd Judicial Court in Taylor, Michigan. He dedicated his life to community service because he always had a desire to make his hometown a better place to live. Warren served on the D.E.A. in Florida and with the Coast Guard and worked for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Miami International Airport before moving back home to Taylor after his college years. Warren's prior public office and community involvement included Board of Directors for the Taylor Public School Foundation for Educational Excellence, Board of Directors for the Taylor Historical Society, Taylor Auxiliary Police Officer, Chairman for the Fire and Police Civil Service Commission, Chairman for the local development finance authority, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals Citizen Council, Downtown Development Authority and Wayne County Sherriff Department Reserve Commander. Warren loved law enforcement and dedicated his life to it and he loved collecting law enforcement artifacts as well as sports memorabilia. Warren was loyal to his friendships and he cherished having friends and friendships that he could count on. Warren will be missed by those who knew him and he will be missed by those he served throughout the community. Warren is survived by one sister and preceded in death by his mother and father.

    Miele, Larry (Student Teacher at Truman)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Larry Miele. Obituary of Larry Miele. Larry Miele, Age 75 of Woodhaven passed March 26, 2024. Beloved husband of Karen Miele. Loving father of Carly (Daniel) Barnard (Present Principal at Taylor Career Center) and Kelly (Christopher) Olsen. Dearest grandfather of Logan Lundgren, Marisa Barnard, Nathan Lundgren, Olivia Barnard, Allison Lundgren, Susan Barnard, Gabriel Consiglio and Rosalia Consiglio. Dear son of Dorothy (the late Joseph) Helton. Brother of Gary (Marilyn) Miele. Also survived by brother-in-law Barry (Janice) Schott and his beloved granddogs Charlie, Cosmo and the late Max. Preceded in death by his father Constantino Miele. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are appreciated to The Larry Miele Legacy Scholarship. Every year a scholarship will be awarded to a CTE student at the Taylor Career and Technical Center in his honor. Larry spent 42 years in career and technical education as a principal, a director and a CTE counselor. He would want his legacy to benefit students.

    Family Tribute ~
    Larry Miele - April 9, 1948 - March 26, 2024
    Larry Miele, long time resident of Woodhaven, passed away on March 26th at the age of 75 years old. Larry attended Melvindale High School where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a phenomenal athlete. Nicknamed “The Animal”, he set records that are still unbroken in wrestling. He was a two-time state champion, a two-time state runner-up and third in the nation. He graduated in 1966 as a 4 year varsity letterman for four sports: football, basketball, wrestling and track and field. He continued his wrestling career at Iowa State and Eastern Michigan University. He earned his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in education. He paid his way through college as a mason brick layer with his brother Gary and their business called Miele Masonry. His handiwork can be found in Detroit and the Downriver area to this day. Larry retired from a 42 year career in education in 2013 from Southgate Anderson High School. He started out student teaching at Truman High School, taught social studies, health and physical education at Riverview High School and was a counselor for the Downriver Career Technical Consortium. From there, he was a principal at Downriver High School and was a counselor for the summer youth program through SEMCA and Michigan Works.
    Finishing out his career, he spent the last 14 years at Southgate Anderson High School. He was their assistant principal, CTE director and summer school principal. Throughout his career he was an award winning coach. Coaching wrestling at Eastern Michigan University, Aquinas, and Riverview, football and basketball at Melvindale, cross country and track at Riverview and youth sports for his two daughters, Carly and Kelly. He was also a wrestling referee and sideline warrior for all of his grandkids and loved his dogs.

    Larry was known for his jovial personality and his ability to connect with people. He made a nickname for each person he met the minute he was introduced to someone. He always had the world’s smallest coffee cup in his hand and knew everybody. He would say his greatest accomplishment in life was his 50 year marriage to his soulmate. He loved cooking his famous Miele meatballs and sauce for his family and friends. He made homemade pickles with ingredients from his vegetable garden for everybody. His connection to the community was so valuable to him. His memberships of the Woodhaven Moose, fraternities, Knights of Columbus, Rotary, Hall of Fame Committee and Hall’s Angels, is where his legacy will live on. Larry is known for attending all activities for his two daughters, Carly and Kelly, and his eight grandchildren. He was dedicated to supporting “his girls” in any and every way. He earned quite a few of his own nicknames, but I think his favorite will always be Chauffeur. Especially in retirement he took his job as chauffeur to everyone very seriously. He loved driving his friends and family around and cherished his car conversations. The impact in the lives of everyone he met is unwavering, and he will be missed.

    Miller, Patricia (Kennedy 1966)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Patricia Miller. Patricia Lynn Miller, March 22, 2024. Patricia was the daughter of parents; Ross and Rose (Chado) Miller of Taylor, Mi. She was a 1966 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. Patricia moved to Brownstown with her daughter & son-in-law in 2012. For many years Patricia worked as a secretary for Marks & Goergens grocery brokerage. She was also a member of St.Mary Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Rockwood. She enjoyed cooking with her daughter Heather for the holidays and especially loved celebrating with family & friends. But her most treasured times were spent with her grandchildren. Patricia leaves behind her beloved daughter Heather (Brandon) Chapman, two grandchildren; Brandon Jr. & Kylee Chapman, as well as sister Cindy Sheptack and brother Dennis Miller and several nieces & nephews. Visitation: Monday, April 1, 2024, 2:00PM - 8:00PM The Allen Park Chapel - Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 10915 Allen Rd., Allen Park, MI 48101. In State: Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 10:00AM - 10:30AM St. Mary, Our Lady of the Annunciation, 32467 Church St., Rockwood, MI 48173. Mass Of Resurrection: Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 10:30AM, St. Mary, Our Lady of the Annunciation, 32467 Church St., Rockwood, MI 48173. Burial, Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 12:00PM, Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, 18303 Allen Rd., Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

    Malek Brewer-Cikalo, Katherine (Taylor Center 1972)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Katherine Malek Brewer-Cikalo. We received this obituary for Katherine from 2017.
    Katherine Ann Malek was born on March 22, 1954 in Fort Knox, Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late Don and Rita Warden. Katherine married Lawrence Andrew Cikalo on May 24, 2002 in Lucas County, Ohio. From this union became a blended family of five children. During their fifteen years of marriage they loved spending time together. She loved riding on the back of the Harley, being outdoors, attending concerts including: Don White and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and spending time with her beloved dog, Nico. For twenty years, Katherine worked at the Mazda Plant in Flat Rock as a material handler. In her spare time, she enjoyed watching fireworks and went to every show she could, as well as researching any Pow Wow Native American gathering to see if she could attend. Katherine loved to go camping and did so all throughout Michigan (especially during Halloween), traveling as far as Mackinaw to enjoy the outdoors. Katherine was explained to be an avid reader and loved to have her face in a book, until she started having a tough time focusing and resorted to watching movies. She loved the holidays and enjoyed cooking for her family. Katherine’s famous dishes were wild rice soup, chicken and dumplings, and her killer lasagna that had more cheese than one person could bare. She learned most of her cooking from her grandmother and mother in-law. Katherine Ann Brewer-Cikalo, age 63 of Milan, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at her home. In addition to her parents, her passing is preceded her brother: Robert Malik and her granddaughter Caitlyn. To cherish her memory, she leaves her beloved children: Margaret (Andrew) Ziegler, Christopher (Debbie) Brewer, Jason (Jessica) Brewer; step children: Miranda Cikalo and Brooke Cikalo. She leaves her brothers: John (Lynn) Taylor, Donald (Julie) Warden, and Daniel (Tonya) Warden;her sister: Julie (John) Martin; grandchildren: Caitlyn, Codie, Conner, Bridgett, Sierra, Christina, Theresa, Alicia, Kyle, Tony, Anna, Jacob, Jeremy, Morgan, and Hunter; and her great grandchildren: Nicholas, Olivia, Noah, Evan, Serenity and Addeus. She is survived by her children’s father Paul and many extended family and friends.

    Shafkalis, Michael (Taylor Center 1977)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Michael Shafkalis. Michael Shafkalis, at the age of 64, passed away March 3, 2024. He left a life filled with many who loved him, adored him, and respected him for the man he was. To some, he was known as a father, husband, and brother who loved his family fiercely. To others, he was known as a loyal friend, a respectable business owner, an inspiring leader, a friendly neighbor, and a man who held the highest standards of integrity, grit, compassion, and purpose in his daily life.
    Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Taylor, Michigan, Michael was surrounded by parents, grandparents, a sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved him. Growing up in a Greek household with immigrant parents from Cypress, he had to learn English when he began public school. He was put to work from a young age at the multiple restaurants his family owned, and attended the meat route with his father to deliver goods to local restaurants in the Detroit area. However, Michael's passion since little was always playing sports. You could find him playing wiffle ball or hockey in the neighborhood streets, or on the bus going to see the Detroit Tigers play from the season tickets his father got him. He immersed himself in school basketball, football, and baseball year round where he developed some of the most important, life long friendships he held most dearly. He later continued his football career by playing at Michigan State University (MSU) as a strong safety while receiving a Bachelor of Economics degree. Shortly after he graduated from MSU, his father suffered from a heart attack. Michael immediately retired him, took over a struggling meat route, and stepped into the role as head of his family at the age of 21. As his life progressed, he received some of his greatest blessings. He met his wife, Susan Merriam, and married on May 14, 1988. They had three beautiful children: Nicholas, Andrew and Sophia, and later welcomed their dog, Max, into the family. As a young father raising his family in Rochester Hills, Michigan, he coached his son's basketball and football teams, later coaching boys basketball at Lamphere, Seaholm, and Lake Orion High School. As much as he lived a life filled with abundance and fulfillment, the most important lesson he taught his family was to embrace the time when life will have it's challenges. He had the strongest will and mental stamina, pushing through any obstacle he faced. Quitting was never an option for him, and resilience led to much of his success and miracles he witnessed throughout his years. Michael always found joy in the simple things. It only took a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, a nice sunny day with the windows open, a great sports game on TV, David Sanborn playing on the speakers, good food (and plenty of it), or being with his family and friends to truly be happy. One could find him driving down the road in his Nick's Wholesale food truck, making daily deliveries to customers. Others could find him at the gym, working on projects around the house, cooking in the kitchen at Mike's Coney Island, or grilling Sunday dinners on the back deck. It would be rare to find him wearing anything but Levis, a T-shirt with the sleeves rolled up, size 14 tennis shoes, and a sweatshirt on the days that were cooler. Many would laugh from his witty personality, bringing smiles on the faces of all who encountered him. As we remember the life Michael lived, may we honor his legacy by living our lives as he did until our maker calls us home. What a sweet reunion it will be when we see him again, reunited eternally, because of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Because Christ lives, death hath no sting and the grave no victory. Until we meet again, you are in our hearts, standing by us always. Visitation was Friday 3-8pm with 7:30pm Trisagion at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons 54880 Van Dyke at 25 Mile (SHELBY TOWNSHIP). Funeral was Saturday Instate 10:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1610 Brewster Road (btw. Dutton & Tienken Rds.) Rochester Hills, MI until time of Service at 11:00am. Interment Van Hoosen Jones Cemetery. Share memories with the family at their "On Line Guest Book" @ WujekCalcaterra.com

    Menard, Tim (Taylor Center 1984)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Tim Menard. Menard, Tim, was born on January 14, 1966 in Wyandotte, Michigan to Larry and Shirley Menard. Tim, who resided in Taylor, Michigan, passed away on March 25, 2024 at the age of 58. Dear brother of Dave (Roseanne), Laura (Paul), and Jeff (Sandy). Tim was preceded in death by his father Larry Menard. Tim, will be deeply missed by family and friends. Memorial Visitation Saturday, March 30, 2024 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. Memorial service Saturday 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Tim’s guestbook on his tribute wall.

    Atkari, Robert (Lay personnel)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Robert Atkari. Robert L. Atkari of Taylor, Michigan, born in Bay City, Michigan, who passed away on March 22, 2024 at the age of 84. Robert was Lay Personnel at Randall Elementary School. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Robert L. Atkari to pay them a last tribute. He was predeceased by : his parents, Louis Atkari and Goldie Atkari; and his brother Daniel Atkari. He is survived by : his wife Sonia Atkari; his children, Cathy Laundry (late Michael), Martin Atkari (Laura), Craig Atkari (Chris), Robert Atkari Jr. (Diane) and Lori Banks (Darrell); his grandchildren, Brett, Kayleigh, Jaclyn, Chad, Justin, Jason, Nicholas, Aaron and Savanah; and his great grandchildren, Zoey, Kailey, Elyn, Mila, Emily, Riley and Lucy. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 26th 2024 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home (23750 Goddard Rd, Taylor, MI 48180). A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 26th 2024 at 2:00 PM at the Voran Funeral Home - Taylor (23750 Goddard Rd, Taylor, MI 48180).

    Thompson, Donald (Taylor Center 1982)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Donald Thompson. Donald Thompson, passed away March 15, 2024. He is survived by his 3 children; Katie; Kyle; Donald II; and one step daughter Samantha. Donald was a CDL Truck Driver over the road for the last 10 - 20 years. He loved guitars, painting, moonshine and the Sopranos. No arrangements at this time.

    Bolash Hollandsworth, Bonnie (Taylor Center 1967)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Bonnie Bolash Hollandsworth. Bonnie Joyce Bolash-Hollandsworth, born on September 16, 1949, left us on March 17, 2024, leaving a legacy of love, laughter, and cherished family recipes. Bonnie had a zest for life and a wit that brought joy to those around her. She lived by the philosophy that actions bear consequences and the golden rule of treating people the way you want to be treated. One of her greatest accomplishments and sources of pride was her family. She is survived by her loving daughters, Holli Hollandsworth and Stacy Dotson (Fate); her loving son, Ryon Hollandsworth (Paige Kemp); her brother, John Bolash (Pumpkin) ; her sisters, Barbara Kuhn and Laureen Bolash; and her precious grandchildren Dylan and Emma Jones and a precious baby boy arriving in May (Ryon and Paige). She was predeceased by her siblings, Sally Bolash-Grey, Thomas Bolash, James Bolash, and Michael Bolash. Among the many things Bonnie enjoyed, food held a special place in her heart. She loved fish fries, stuffed cabbage, a good salad, and she was known for her refreshing beverages like ice water, Faygo cola, and iced coffee. Her love for Bingo and Scrabble created many fun memories, and those who knew her best could always guess her favorite TV shows: Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and Family Feud. She had an affinity for country music with Garth Brooks and Kenny Rogers being her favorites. Her favorite movies were the classic, Roadhouse and Dirty Dancing. Her grandchildren, children, and bonus kids, were her world. Over the years, she has passed down cooking skills and numerous recipes to her loved ones, something that they will continue to cherish. Bonnie had a radiant personality that was both witty and funny. Bonnie will be remembered for her loving heart, infectious laughter, and the valuable life lessons she imparted. Her legacy of love, compassion, delicious recipes, and the joy of helping others will continue to live on through her family and everyone she touched throughout her remarkable life. She will have an upcoming celebration of life as her wishes were to be cremated and have a celebration sometime in September.

    Hall, David L. (Taylor Center 1973)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of David L. Hall. David Lawrence Hall, age 64, passed away October 31st, 2018 in Dearborn, Michigan. He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 beautiful years, Cindy. Proud father of Kelly Hall. Dear brother of Charlie, Rob (Karen), and Lynn (John) Simons. Treasured son of Robert and the late Rosemary. Man's best friend to dogs Jersey, the late Matty, and grand-dogs Sophie and Caesar. David will be missed by so many more loving family and friends. David was a man who lived life to the fullest extent. He involved himself in many hobbies and interests. David was quite the outdoorsman and he lived to fish. He also had a passion for archery and hunting. Hunting and fishing with his father, brothers, and friends were some of his most cherished memories. David was also an avid golfer and a Harley Davidson enthusiast. He was a huge lover of music and he enjoyed kicking back in his recliner to "rock out" as he would say, to classic rock hits for sometimes hours on end. He had a passion for watch collecting and shared this hobby with his beloved daughter. David was an Eastern Michigan University alumnus and United States Air Force Veteran and proudly served in the Vietnam War. To those with the pleasure of knowing David, he was funny and strong willed, but overall he was a family man. He loved his family and his dogs more than anything, and they will miss him more than words can describe.
    A memorial gathering in David's honor was held November 10th from 1-8PM. A special service with military honors was rendered at 3PM. All services will be located at the Dearborn Chapel of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 22546 Michigan Avenue. Donations in David's memory can be made out to the Shriner's Children's Hospital or the Michigan Humane Society.

    Natzke, James T. (Taylor Center 1977)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of James Natzke. James T Natzke, age 64, of Rochester Hills, Michigan passed away on Monday, March 11, 2024.
    A visitation for James will be held Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester, Michigan 48307. A funeral service will occur Friday, March 22, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Pixley Funeral Home.

    Crossman, Michael (Truman 1976)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Michael Crossman. Michael Crossman, of Lincoln Park, MI, passed away on March 1, 2024 at the age of 66. Beloved father of Michael Carney (Ronni), and Eric Jerome. Cherished grandfather of Ryan Michael, Savannah Grace, Joseph Steven, and Davon Michael. Loving brother of Janine (the late Danny) Linne, Russel (Sharon) Crossman, Jonathan (Linda) Crossman, Phillip (Sheri) Crossman, and Patrick (Michelle) Crossman. Proud uncle of many nieces and nephews. Michael was known as a "jack of all trades", he did everything from woodworking to landscaping. He was a true outdoorsman, he loved to fish and hunt. Tending to his garden and watching the birds was something he enjoyed to do in his free time. Michael coached a Little League baseball team and took pride in that. He enjoyed photography as a hobby. He also loved to golf, even though he was terrible at it. He will always be known as the "jokester" of the family. He will be deeply missed. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 2:00-6:00pm and the Memorial Service will begin at 6:00pm, located at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home 9800 Telegraph Rd. Taylor, MI 48180.

    Basley, Donna (Secretary)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Donna Basley. Basley, Donna of Pinckney, Michigan
    Her Legacy… Donna Jean Basley, 81, passed away on February 21, 2024. She was born on July 19, 1942, in Elkhart, Indiana, to Charles and Anna (Kalman) Slack. Donna married the love of her life, John Basley, on June 01, 1963, in Elkhart, Indiana. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Donna attended every dance recital, sporting event, and birthday party to love and support her family. She was passionate about teaching, completing her degree at the University of Michigan. Donna then dedicated 23 years of her professional career to the Taylor School District, where she significantly contributed to the development of her students and fellow staff. Donna also enjoyed camping as a member of the Wandering Whales, a local camping and adventuring group. Above all, her faith was of utmost importance to her. Donna was deeply loved by her family and will be greatly missed.
    Her Family… Donna will be missed by her loving spouse, John Basley; her children, Clifton (Becky) Basley, John (Janice) Basley Jr, Kathy (Craig) Chesney, Melissa (Martin) Toth; brother, Ray Slack; grandchildren Alison (David) Haas, Jack Basley, Austin ( Chelsea) Basley, Devin Basley, Jillian Chesney, Luc Chesney, Martin Toth; great-grandchildren, Catherine Haas, David Hass; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Charles and Anna Slack, and sisters, Barbara McIntire and Marjorie Christie.
    Her Farewell… Donna’s family and friends will be gathering privately at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to the family for future designation. Please leave a message of comfort for Donna’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign her guestbook at www.borekjennings.com.

    Farrington, Erna (Retired English and Social Studies Teacher)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Erna Farrington. Erna Deanne Farrington, 86, of Caseville, passed away Friday, February 16, 2024 at her daughter’s home in Shelbyville, Michigan while on hospice care. Erna was born August 8, 1937 in Highland Park to the late Ernest and Elta (Hesbon) Hicks. She attended Wayne Memorial High School and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree. She was a high school English and Social Studies teacher with Taylor Schools, retiring in 1997 and moving to Caseville. Erna loved Caseville and became an active member of the community; she was a member of the Caseville Historical Society, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Caseville Eagles Auxiliary, Caseville Election Commission, Caseville Library Club, Oakwood Senior Housing Commission, MARSP, and MEA retirees. Erna is survived by children Connie Green (David Rose) of Shelbyville, Caren (Mark) Blanzy of Mecosta, and Richard (Julie) Pankow of Brooksville, FL; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee and sister Nancy Darwin. A memorial mass will be at 11:00am Saturday, February 24th at St. Roch Catholic Church. Champagne Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the US, the Alzheimer Association or the Caseville Historical Society.

    Diederichs, James (Kennedy 1980)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of James Diederichs. James Peter Diederichs, “Jimmy D” 11/28/1961 - 02/19/2024. Retired dispatcher for Tri-State Expedited Service, Inc. Jimmy loved family and friends. He loved music especially Classic Rock and Country. Formally the drummer for the band “A Touch of Class” circa 1980. He is preceded in death by his parents John P. Diederichs & Anne M. Diederichs (nee Thome) & brother Patrick J. Diederichs. He is survived by brothers Joseph (Susan), Philip (Rita), Peter (Sylvia) & Jeremy (Lee), many Nieces & Nephews. A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home at 9800 Telegraph Road Taylor, MI 48180 on Saturday April 6th 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. In Lieu of Flowers, Contributions to Alcoholics Anonymous @ www.aa.org. would be appreciated.

    Jablonski, Mary Ann (Elementary Teacher)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Mary Ann Jablonski. Mary Ann Jablonski, age 79, of Riverview, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024 in her home surrounded by her family. Mary Ann is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Michael Jablonski and their children, Matthew (Rebecca) Jablonski, Christopher (Jaime) and Katherine (Jeff) Kaminski. Her cherished grandchildren, Jack, Luke, Violet, Evan, Emma and James. Also her two siblings, Patrick Zurek and Geraldine Zurek. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Ann Zurek. Viewing: Friday, February 16, 2024 from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Czopek Funeral Home, 2157 Oak Street, Wyandotte, Mi 48192. In State: Saturday, February 17, 2024, 9:30 am. Funeral Mass: Saturday, February 17, 2024, 10:00 am, St. Pius X Catholic Church, 14101 Superior, Southgate, MI 48195. Internment: Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, 18303 Allen Road, Brownstown, MI 48183. The family asks that memorial donations to be made in Mary Ann's name to The Michigan Parkinson's Association or The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

    Sanders, Rayma (Kennedy 1969)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Rayma Sanders. Rayma S. Sanders, 73 of Sarasota, Florida passed away peacefully at her home on February 1st. Born on December 2, 1950 in Martin, Kentucky. She was the wife of Harry Ginsberg; oldest daughter of Billy and Patsy (Johnson) Sanders. She is survived by her husband; sisters: Billie (Joe) Szenderski, Cheryl (Don) Waddell, and Donna (Jim) Laitis; nieces Jaime (Spencer) Stewart, Chelsea (Zack) Babb, Maegan Waddell, and 3 great nephews and 1 great niece. There was never a more devoted aunt or great aunt who has left everyone with lasting memories. Her parents and nephews Matthew and Mark Waddell preceded her in death. Rayma retired from the Troy School System after 31 years. She was a Special Education Teacher and was a Special Education Consultant the last 20 years. She was very proud to be listed in the Who's Who of National School Teachers. Rayma cared deeply for her students and anyone that she felt was disadvantaged, and she gave her time and money no matter if they were family, friends or strangers. She sacrificed so she could give to others. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

    Drazba, Gerard (Truman 1974)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Gerard Drazba. Drazba, Gerard Michael, was born on July 28, 1956 in Detroit, MI to Edwin and Jennie Drazba. Gerard, who resided in Taylor, Michigan, passed away on February 2, 2024 at the age of 67. Dear brother of Peter (Donna) Drazba and Anne (Darin) Greenwell. Proud Uncle of Katelyn, Hannah and Darin Jr. Gerard was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Jennie. Gerard will be deeply missed by family and friends. Information on Gerards' Memorial Mass is forth coming. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Gerard’s guestbook on his tribute wall.

    Ristovski, Loren (Taylor Schools Athletic Director)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Loren Ristovski. Loren Ristovski passed away suddenly at the age of 59 on February 5th, 2024. He was born in Tetovo, Macedonia on March 21st, 1964. He was a beloved husband to Svetlana Ristovski and incredible father to Madison, Haleigh, and Lola Ristovski. He was a loving brother to Dean Ristovski and son to Kostadin and Rada Ristovski. Loren spent his life doing what he loved the most, which was coaching, traveling, running, listening to music, & spending time with his family. Loren was a very generous person and gave back to his community here in Detroit and back home in Siricino, Macedonia. He was loved by so many people, and we will miss him tremendously. Please join us on Thursday, February 8th from 3-8pm for a visitation at E.J Mandziuk & Sons which is located at 3801 18 Mile Rd. Sterling Heights, MI 48314. The church service will take place on February 9th at St. Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Church Ravanica located at 4575 East Outer Dr. Detroit MI, 48324. The service will begin with a 10am in-state and 11am funeral service. The burial will follow at Guardian Angel Cemetery at 4701 N. Rochester Rd. Rochester, MI 48306.

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