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~

In Memoriam Archives:

  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • Harry S. Truman High School
  • Taylor Center High School
  • Taylor School District Staff
  • Taylor High School
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    Stacy, Luther (Taylor Center 1996)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Luther Stacy. Luther passed away April 12, 2021. Age 44. Beloved husband of Candice Stacy (HST 98). Loving step-father of Bryanna Donaldson and Autumn Donaldson. Dearest brother of Keith (Sherry) Anderson and best friend/brother of Shawn (Jennifer) Lezotte. Dear son in law of Phillip and Nancy Frazier. Luke was preceded in death by his parents Virginia "Jenna" Stacy and Glenn "Max" Hanna and his grandparents Sudie "Grandmy" Anderson and Marvin "Papa" Anderson.
    A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

    Lumia, Michael (Kennedy 1976)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Michael Lumia. Michael passed away April 8, 2021. Age 62 of Taylor. Beloved husband of Phyllis Lumia. Loving father of Michelle (Alonso) Bernal, Marrissa Lumia, Maisie Lumia, Malorie Lumia, and Mallyiah Lumia . Dear son of Anthony Jr. and Miriam Lumia. Beloved brother of Donna (Tom) Rutter, Gary (Maureen) Lumia, and Tina Lumia. Dearest grandfather of 3. Michael will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation Monday, April 12, 2021 from 2- 8 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. In state Tuesday 12:30 p.m. with a 1:00 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection to follow at St. Constance Catholic Church, 21555 Kinyon, Taylor. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Michael’s guestbook.

    Please note: Due to current Covid-19 safety precautions, there are restrictions on chapel capacity. Friends and family may need to come in and out to pay respects on a rotating basis. We ask that all visitors wear a mask or face covering when entering the funeral home, for your safety and the safety of the family.

    Traub, Dana (Elementary Teacher)

    The Taylor Alumnj Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Dana Richard Traub, 75, of Sunfield, MI. Dana passed away peacefully at his home on March 28, 2021. He was born July 7, 1945 in Detroit, MI. Dana was a retired elementary school teacher at Fairlane Elementary from 1960 - 1976 in Taylor, and in Lake Odessa, MI and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
    Dana is survived by cousins, Lana (Alan) Griffin of Portage, MI and Paul (Margaret Willard) Traub of Oakland Twp.
    Burial was in Sunfield Cemetery due to Covid restrictions a memorial service will be held at a later date. The family has entrusted arrangements to Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Online condolences can be shared at

    Lennon, Patrick (Taylor Center 1973)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Patrick Lennon. Patrick age 65 of Taylor passed away March 10, 2021. Beloved husband of Patricia Lennon. Loving father of Michael P. Lennon (JFK 2003) and Matthew R. Lennon (JFK 2006). Dear brother of Timothy W. Lennon (HST 1975), Jeffrey P. Lennon (HST 1978), and Colleen (HST) (James) Miller. Dearest grandfather of Freya K. Lennon. Patrick was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Peggy Lennon. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4872 and a former member of the Taylor Little League. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation Sunday, March 14, 2021 from 2- 8 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Funeral service Sunday 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A live stream of the funeral service will be provided for the public. Please go to Patrick’s tribute wall on his obituary page and a link will be available. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation in Patrick’s honor. Please share memories and leave condolences on Patrick’s online guestbook.

    Schiff, Derrick (Truman 1982)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Derrick Schiff. Derrick passed away in Glendale, AZ July 5, 2020. Derrick was born with a congenital heart disease and suffered a stroke at five months which left him paralyzed on the left side. He walked at four years old (we think it was to keep up with his younger sister, Tracie), whom he adored.
    He didn't allow labels or limitations to stop him from defying all odds. From being told he would never walk and probably would not survive into his 20's - his determination, strength, courage, bravery and passion for life proved all the experts wrong. Derrick was extraordinary and truly unforgettable to all who met him. He was a tremendous inspiration with an impeccable work ethic that gave perspective to everyday challenges. He didn't complain, did not want people to feel sorry for him and did not buy into the labels others tried to give him. People marveled how Derrick met many obstacles with a smile. He was a true hero to many. He graduated from class of 1982 Truman HS in Taylor, MI. Derrick was United Way Campaign Boy in 1973, Nationally, Ford Motor Company U/F Campaign Kickoff person in 1977 and honored by the Glendale, AZ mayor for Employee of the Year-- Worker with Disabilities.
    Derrick was a diehard Michigan sports fan, especially the "Tigers". He was very opinionated and would discuss anything with anyone. He was always willing to give advice. He is probably advising the angels in heaven right now. He cared deeply about his family and his many friends calling them to make sure they were all right on a regular basis here and all over the US. Your memory will always be in our hearts. Derrick is survived by his wife Tricia of 17 years, Parents John & Beverly Schiff, Sister Tracie (Steve) Roberts, Nieces Erika and Jessica and Nephew Nicholas Roberts. Tricia's family, Ted & Terri Todd, Glenn & Vi Koki and Sister Tracy (Jim) Rush. His Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was also loved by the "Graciak Family".
    Due to Covid-19, private services have been held. Contributions in Derrick's name may be made to: Ronald McDonald House Charities or Foundation for Blind Children.

    Abrogast, Dustin (Kennedy 2000)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Dustin Richard Arbogast, 39, of Goodyear, Arizona. Dustin died on February 2nd, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born on November 28th, 1981 to Richard Arbogast and Susan Arbogast in Taylor, Michigan. Dustin worked as an IT. solutions architect for IT Storage. He loved his job and had a passion for creating smart homes and working with artificial intelligence. He was a devoted Detroit Lions fan and was on his way to becoming an Arizona Cardinals fan.
    Dustin is survived by his father Rick Arbogast, Stepmother Nancy Arbogast, and sister Shelley Baker. He is proceeded in death by his mother Susan Arbogast.

    Drzewiecki, Michael (Taylor Center 1969)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Michael Drzewiecki. Michael age 69, of Trenton, passed away on February 10, 2021. Beloved husband of Debra Drzewiecki. Loving father of Joyce Drzewiecki (Candace), Sara (Jackie ) Shores, and Steven Drzewiecki (Kristie Johnston). Dearest grandfather of Shayla, Blake, Carter, and Jaclyn. He is also survived by his siblings Diane (the late Roger) Forrest and Tony (Robin) Drzewiecki. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Henrietta Drzewiecki. Michael served in the US Navy from 1970-1974.His cremation will take place at “The Witness Crematory” located inside of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home.
    Visitations: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 2:00-8:00 PM, Michigan Memorial Funeral Home
    Services: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 10:00 AM, Michigan Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
    In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Beaumont Hospice and Homeless Veterans.

    Farmer Baatz, Linda (Taylor Center 1970)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Linda Farmer Baatz. Linda, age 69, of Old Jellico Creek Road, Williamsburg, Kentucky departed this life on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at her home. She was born on December 18, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan to James A. Farmer, Sr. and Dorothy (Salmons) Farmer. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy (Salmons) Farmer; sister, Jenny Wellman; and brothers, James Farmer, Jr., Steve Farmer, and Charles Farmer.

    She is survived by her husband, Chris Baatz of Williamsburg; son, Jason Baatz (Loretta) of Williamsburg; grandson, Christopher Baatz of Williamsburg; father, James Farmer, Sr. of Williamsburg; special niece, Rochelle Bishay (Mark) of Troy, MI; special great-nieces and -nephews, Mariah Branch, Micayla Bishay, Olivia Bishay, and Joseph Bishay; several other nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends to mourn her passing.

    All services are private.
    Condolences may be made to the family at
    Croley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

    Schultz, James (Teacher, Principal, Coach)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of James W. Schultz, 85, of Grosse Ile, MI. James (Jim) passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021. Jim was born on August 6, 1935 in Detroit, MI. He graduated from Denby High School and then went on to Eastern Michigan University where he played football, basketball, and baseball. He became a teacher and principal in Taylor Public Schools while coaching men’s and women’s basketball at a number of area schools. One of his proudest moments was coaching the men’s basketball team at Dearborn Divine Child High School to the state championship in 1977. Jim loved to golf and fish with his brothers, spend summers with family at Higgins Lake, and in retirement he enjoyed wintering in Florida with his wife Linda. Jim had a great smile, always had perfect delivery of a funny one liner, and made friends with everyone. He was a man of moral integrity and loved his family.

    Jim is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Julie Schultz MacKellar (Ian), step daughters Kelly McEvilly (Mike) and Heather Maldegen-Long (Jeremy). He was blessed with grandchildren Grey, Jace, McKenna, Megan, Jenna, Ellery and Mya, and fortunate enough to know two great grandchildren Lincoln and Lylah. He is also survived by two brothers, Jerry (Pat) and Fred (Amy). Jim was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Ruth, brother Bob (Gwen), and daughter Kristen.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jim’s honor be made to one of the following organizations:

    The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s or by mail at 19798 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

    Residential Health Care or by mail at
    Residential Hospice Foundation, 5440 Corporate Dr., Suite 400, Troy, MI 48098
    Residential Hospice provided exceptional care for Jim and support for his family.

    A celebration of Jim’s wonderful life will be held at a later date.Funeral services entrusted to Voran Funeral Home Taylor Chapel.

    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.