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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    Tabone, Samantha (Kennedy 2008)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Samantha Tabone Tysick. Samantha was born on October 21, 1990 in Riverview, Michigan, and passed away suddenly on September 20, 2020. Samantha married the love of her life, Seth Tysick, 2 years ago. She was a devoted and loving mother to Khloe Tysick. Beloved daughter to Debi and Michael Waddy. She is preceded in death by her grandmother, Sally Murphy and her godmother Grace Cox. Samantha and her husband, Seth, were avid bikers and were a part of the Joker’s Bike Club. She worked at the Woodhaven Buffalo Wild Wings and loved her friends that worked with her dearly. She was known for her beautiful smile, bubbly personality and was truly, the life of the party. Samantha was always so joyful and happy, everyone enjoyed her company. She loved traveling to Florida and heading to the beach. Khloe, her daughter, was her life and loved to spend time with her Mommy. Samantha will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

    Monday, September 28, 2020
    2:00 ~ 8:00 PM
    Michigan Memorial Funeral Home
    Monday, September 28, 2020
    7:00 PM
    Michigan Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

    Winslow, Rudy (Kennedy 1969)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Rudy Lee Winslow, born October 12, 1950 in Bradford, PA. Rudy passed away peacefully on September 6, 2020 at the age of 69 at his Mother's home in Ecorse, MI with his loved ones at his bedside. After High School graduation in 1969, Rudy joined the U.S. Navy in 1970. He served his time on the U.S.S. Ranger and duty in Vietnam. He loved his country and was a proud veteran. He retired in 2013 after working eight years in Maintenance at the Allen Park Presbyterian Church. After retirement, he enjoyed fishing, cooking, music and family gatherings.
    Rudy is survived by his mother, Anne Winslow of Ecorse, MI, father, James Winslow of Bonneau, SC, sisters, Cindy Winslow of Ecorse, MI, Janis Winslow of GA, brother James (Joyce) Winslow, Jr of Taylor, MI and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

    Due to Covid - 19, no funeral service will be held. Rudy will be laid to rest at the Allen Park Presbyterian Church.
    Memorials can be made to the Allen Park Presbyterian Church, 7101 Park Ave., Allen Park, MI 48101
    Rudy will be sadly missed by his dog Tinker and his family but will always be remembered and loved.
    (John 14) In my Father's house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you unto Myself that "where I am, there ye may be also".

    Damon, Clark (Truman 1981)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Clark Phillip Damon, age 58 of Taylor and Hale. Clark passed away unexpectedly on September 1, 2020 at the family cottage in Hale, Michigan.
    He is survived by his siblings; Joan (Joe) Santana, Tamala Leventis, Doug Damon and Chris (Betsy) Damon. Uncle James Damon, nieces; Megan & Autumn and nephews; Zachary & Brian.
    Clark was born on August 18, 1962 in Dearborn, Michigan to the late Ralph G. and Donna L. (Waxenfelter) Damon. He worked his entire career at Abtrex Industries and recently retired after 38 years of service. He spent his free time and vacations since his childhood at the family cottage in Hale where he enjoyed all the outdoor activities the area has to offer including boating, dirt biking and snowmobiling. Clark was a member of the Hale Eagles and also had a passion for classic cars and attended many car cruises and shows. He was always quick to help anyone in need and was a dear brother, uncle and friend.
    Mr. Damon was preceded in death by his parents; Ralph & Donna, and his brother; Greg Damon.
    Concluding a private family viewing, Clark will be cremated and laid to rest next to his parents at Esmond Evergreen Cemetery in Hale.

    Britz Moritz, Jaqueline”Jackie” (Kennedy 1970)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Jaqueline Britz Moritz, age 68 of Taylor. Jackie passed away peacefully September 3, 2020. Loving mother of Michael (Yvonne) and Jason (Kristine). Proudest Grammy of Matthew, Kyle, Spencer, Aiden, Nolan, and Emerson.
    Visitation will take place Monday September 7, 2020 from 3-9pm at the Allen Park Chapel- Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 10915 Allen Rd. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation.

    Brittain Hayball, Barbara (Taylor Center 1967)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Barbara Brittain Hayball. Barbara passed away August 13, 2020. Age 71. Beloved wife of Michael R. Hayball. Loving mother of Michael Hayball. Dearest sister of Brian (Kimberly) Brittain and Brenda (Dan) Smith. Survived by nieces Madelyn Brittain, Rebecca Brittain, Christine Smith, and Jennifer Smith.
    Visitation Friday, August 21 from 1-8 pm at Weise Funeral Home, 7210 Park Avenue, Allen Park, MI 48101.
    In compliance with current Covid-19 state regulations, visitation in the funeral home is limited to 10 people at one time in the chapel. Family and friends are asked to come in and out on a rotating basis. The family asks that masks or a face covering be worn when entering the funeral home, for your safety and the family's safety.

    Mann, Richard (Kennedy 1969)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Richard Jesse Mann. Rick passed away on July 2, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by daughters Jennifer and Brittany, grandchildren Marcus, Jessica, Jeff, CJ, Alexis, Zach and Jordan, sister Joanne (of Cordele, GA) and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Rick never met anyone he didn't like and he could put a smile on anyone's face. He was making jokes and keeping the family in good spirits right up until the end. We can't express how much he will be missed.

    Mozug, Theresa (Kennedy 1969)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Theresa Mozug. Theresa passed away July 30, 2020. Age 69 of Woodhaven. Dear sister of Mary (Charles) Lupinski, Andrew, Albert (Aileen), Veronica and John (Laura) Mozug, and Barbara (Cheyenne) Gory. Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Mary Mozug and her brother’s, Joseph and Paul. Theresa will be deeply missed by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Memorial service Tuesday August 4, 2020 at 3 pm at Faith Christian Assembly (25201 Outer Drive Melvindale, MI.) Arrangements entrusted to the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Theresa’s online guestbook at

    Kennedy, Alan (Taylor Center 1988)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Alan Kennedy. Alan passed away July 27, 2020. Age 49 of Taylor. Beloved son of Doralee and the late John. Loving brother of Lori (the late Bob) Brancheau, Lynn (Guy) Hall and John (Linda) Kennedy. Dearest nephew of Helen Settle. Dear uncle of 10 and great-uncle of 16. Daddy to his best dog Jayden. Lover and driver of street stock racing at Flat Rock Speedway. Visitation Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 4:00 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Rd. Donations may be made to Michigan Humane Society and/or St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Alan's guestbook at

    Please note: Due to current Covid-19 safety precautions, we can only accommodate 10 people at one time inside the funeral home for visitation. Friends and family may 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.

    McDonald, Nancy (Kennedy 1971)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Nancy McDonald. Nancy passed away on July 22, 2020. Nancy Ann McDonald, age 67, of Traverse City, went home to be with her loving Savior on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from Country Pleasures Assisted Living, in the loving care of her family. Nancy was born to John and Edna (Withee) McDonald on April 23, 1953, in Hamtramck. Nancy graduated from John F. Kennedy High school in Taylor. She worked for Kmart for over 30 years making her way to headquarters in Troy; she was very proficient in computer work for the company. Nancy loved animals, especially cats. She loved to draw, paint, accomplished beautiful calligraphy by hand, loved sewing, crafts and traveling to Traverse City to see family. Nancy is survived by her siblings; Linda (Joseph) Patanella, of Traverse City, John (Ellen) McDonald, of Allen Park, Terry McDonald, of Traverse City, and Susan (Ron) Varble, of Monroe. She was a fond aunt to eight nieces and nephews; and 18 great-nieces and great-nephews.
    Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Glen Thomas McDonald. A funeral service for Nancy will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home with a visitation beginning at 10:00 am. The family asks that memorial contributions, in Nancy's memory, be directed to Heartland Hospice, 4020 Copper View #113, Traverse City, MI 49684. Please share a memory with Nancy's family by visiting her tribute page at The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.

    Baize Pierson, Tama (Truman 1983)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Tama Baize Pierson. Tama passed away July 16, 2020 after a 24 year battle with Scleroderma. She was married to William Pierson. She has 3 children, Lisette VanBelle (Nathan), Zachary Wendell (Addam), Chelsea Woodman (Donald). She has 3 strep children, Miranda Pierson, Justin Hicks and Steven McLinden. She has 7 grandchildren, Brendan, Ethan, London, Keegan, Willow, Ivy and Texan.

    Renner, Keith (Kennedy 1971)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Keith Renner, age 67. Keith passed away July 12, 2020. Beloved husband of 48 years Linda (Golaszewski) also Class of 71, adoring father of Donna (Thomas) Chuey, and Keith Jr. (Scarlett). Adoring Grandfather of 6. Dear brother of Kenneth (Susan), and Marianne Chrzanowski. Preceded in death by his parents, brother Gerald (Jerry), brother Glenn. Veteran of U.S.A.F.

    Knight, Mark (Kennedy 1973)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Mark L. Knight “Red”, 65 of Gaylord. Mark passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 4, 2020. Born in Wyandotte on April 8, 1955, he was the son of Hal and Elva (Schwartz) Knight. Mark proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a truck driver for many years and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting, spending time outdoors, joking around and making people laugh. He loved being around his family and making memories together.
    On June 21, 1985 in Flat Rock, he married the love of his life, Jacqueline Blaser who survives. Also surviving are his sons, Jeremy (Angela), Jack and Wyatt; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; his sisters, Melva (Dennis) Boik and Vicky (Terri) Thigpen and his brother, Randy (Laurie) Knight.
    He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will take place in the near future at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Gaylord. Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at
    To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mark L. Knight, please visit our floral store.

    Simms, Michael (Kennedy 1992)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Michael Lee Simms of Taylor, Michigan. Michael passed away on July 4, 2020 at the age of 49.
    Beloved father of Michael Simms II and Rachael Simms. Loving son of Tonna Anderson. Dear brother of Jimmy, Terry and Cathy. Cherished uncle of Zachary Simms.
    Long time friend of Leon. Also survived by many cousins, aunts and uncles. Preceded in death by his father, James Simms; his niece, Jessica Simms; his uncle, Gary Green; his grandfather, Paul Green; and grandmother Simms.
    Visitation on Thursday, July 9th, 2020 from 3:00PM until 9:00PM and Friday, July 10, 2020, from 2:00PM until 9:00PM at the Taylor Chapel of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home located at 9800 S. Telegraph Rd.
    In respect to the executive order issued by the governor, the gathering will be limited to 10 people in our gathering space at one time. Please be patient if you are requested to wait before greeting the family. If you will not be in attendance please be sure to sign the guest book and leave an online condolence to comfort the family. The Howe-Peterson staff practice social distancing, we respectfully encourage our guests to do the same. Private committal service will be at Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

    Boike, Kenneth (Kennedy 1972)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Kenneth Boike. Kenneth age 65 passed away on June 25, 2020. Beloved Brother of Lenore(the late George) Branham, And Allan(Lorraine) Boike. Loving Son of the Late Clarence Boike and Dorothy Boike. Also, survived by 7 Nieces and Nephews. Kenneth had a zest for life. He was very social and was loved by many family and friends.He loved sports. Kenneth enjoyed Basketball, Football, and Baseball. He was especially fond of Michigan State University sports. Kenneth had an ear for all genres of music. He loved going to music festivals. Kenneth also enjoyed going to art shows. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020 from 1P.M.-8P.M. at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services 9800 South Telegraph Rd. Taylor, MI. 48180. Family Eulogies will take place at 7P.M. Monday at the Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Henry Ford Museum or to the Detroit Zoo.

    Trent, John (Taylor Center 1973)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of John Trent. John Edward Trent was born on November 19, 1954 in Ypsilanti, Michigan and died on May 31, 2020 at his home in Taylor at the age of 65. Loving husband of the late Sheila. Beloved dad of Amie (Scott) Mitchell, Melissa (James) Waltereit, Raymond Trent (Rebecca), Amanda Trent and John Trent (Samantha Tucker). Cherished papa of 10 and great grandpa of 1. Dearest brother of Judy (Guy) Cline and David (Sophia) Trent. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Dorothy (nee: Lee) Trent, one sister Shirley Skiver and one brother Jimmy Trent. Painting and detailing cars, hunting, fishing and camping brought John so much joy in his life. Memorial contributions may be made as the donor chooses or plant a tree in his memory.

    Cannon, William "Bill" (Taylor Center 1962)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of William "Bill" Cannon. Bill passed away at his home on May 21st, 2020 at the age of 76.
    Bill was born in Detroit, MI to Bob and Joyce Cannon. He worked as a brick layer for over 20 years and Safety inspector for MI OSHA for 10 years before retiring. He was also a proud Marine and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a motorcycle enthusiast who owned several Harley Davidson’s over the course of his life, but his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren in the backyard. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Euna (Bob) Cannon and Joyce M. Cannon.
    Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Peggy Cannon (TC 66); his 3 sons Darren (TC 88) (Barbara) Cannon, Christopher (TC 92) Cannon and Jeffrey (TC 97) (Kristie) Cannon; his brothers John (TC 65) Cannon, Richard (TC 71) Cannon and Paul (TC 73) Cannon. He was adored by his 6 grandchildren; Christopher, Colin and Conor (children of Shannon Cannon), Riley, Mason and Madeline.

    Grzybowski, Chester "Chet" (Teacher, Coach)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends their condolences to the family and friends of Chester "Chet" Louis Grzybowski. Chester "Chet", 96 years of age, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2020 at the Harvard Square Retirement Community in Denver, Colorado.

    Born on November 26, 1923 and raised in Detroit, the son of Mieczyslaw "Mike" and Eleonora (Pociask) Grzybowski, he was a lifelong and avid resident of the state of Michigan. In his early years, he enjoyed helping his immigrant parents grow and operate a thriving family business, participating in sports, playing the accordion, and celebrating their Polish heritage.

    After graduating from Chadsey High School in 1940, he briefly attended the University of Detroit but was then called to duty and served his country in the United States Army-Air Forces during World War II. Upon fulfilling his military obligations, he attended Eastern Michigan University (formerly Michigan State Normal College), graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. During the course of his studies, he met his future wife Ardis, while she was completing her studies at the University of Michigan. They married in 1950 and settled in Taylor, Michigan to pursue his career and raise their family. He later went on to obtain a Master's degree in Education from the University of Michigan.
    Chet had many interests, but his greatest joys were his family, sports, physical fitness, and his 50 year career as a teacher, athletic coach, and volunteer in the Taylor and Detroit Public School Systems.
    He leaves his loving wife of 70 years, Ardis (Scurrah nee), daughter, Paula Grzybowski, sons, Richard (Cathy Voita) Grzybowski and Robert Grzybowski, son-in-law, Michael (Lisa Ragle) Kulwicki, grandchildren, Lauren (Frank) Langston, Michelle Grzybowski, Tessa Ragle, and many nieces, nephews, and their respective families.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Susan Kulwicki, sisters and brothers-in-law, Cecile (William) Stach and Mildred (Eugene) Prais, brother and sister-in-law, Edward (Miriam) Grzybowski, and niece, Patricia Stuart.
    He will be forever missed and remembered as a loving, dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, son, cousin, and friend.
    Memorial Service and Burial - Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak, Michigan - To be held at a later date.

    McMahon, Timothy (Truman 1991)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends their condolences to the family and friends of Timothy Michael McMahon. Tim passed away May 5, 2020. Son of the late, Joseph M. McMahon and Dorothy (Dolly) McMahon has passed away in his home surrounded by his loving life partner and family.
    Tim was a true original. His love for music and grabbing a guitar for an impromptu open mic night could happen anywhere at any time. He loved his hometown of Taylor and was always willing to help make it a really fun place to raise your family. His photography, cars and the great outdoors are known to all that loved him. One of his favorite places is Fayetteville, West Virginia where he would take anyone that wanted to go to Bridge Day weekend and explore the mountain area and walk the trails.
    Tim was also a great instructor for personal safety and photography. He loved getting a group of new photography students and showing them where the real wildlife photos around Michigan can happen. He was a wonderful story teller with an incredible sense of humor. We will miss that the most.

    Tim is survived by, his Mother Dolly McMahon, the love of his life and rock, Cynthia Dixson, his Daughter, Hannah Vogel and his Step Daughters , Brianna, Hannah and Jessie. His Sister JoAnne (Bob), Sister Sharon, Brothers, Stan (Michelle) Al (Char) and Dana. He loved all his nieces & nephews and the countless friends he has made over the years.
    We ask that in lieu of flowers that you think of Cindy to ease the burden of this great loss. Donations can be made to the family.

    Memorial Gathering will be at the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel 9800 Telegraph, Saturday, May 9th from 11:00 - 3:30 PM followed by a Memorial Service at 3:30. Do to State regulations we will have a rotation of Ten People in the Chapel for the gathering and the Memorial Service will be limited to those that the family invites.
    Memorial Limited to those in the Immediate Family Due to Stay Restrictions for Social Distancing

    Kuntz, Jeff (Truman 1975)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends their condolences to the family and friends of Jeff Kuntz. Jeff passed away April 17, 2020, at his home in Oskaloosa.
    Jeffery Bryan Kuntz, son of William Edward and Marilyn Jean (Young) Kuntz, was born December 8, 1956, in Oskaloosa. As a youngster, Jeff's family moved to Michigan, and he was a 1975 graduate from Harry S. Truman High school in Taylor, MI. He and his twin brother, Greg then attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture Distribution in 1980. Jeff returned to Iowa and settled in the Oskaloosa/Sigourney area and began working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Jeff continued his education at Iowa State University, and in 2006, he was awarded his Master's Degree in Agriculture from ISU. Throughout his career, Jeff traveled globally to underdeveloped countries to improve their agricultural techniques and methodologies. In addition to working for the USDA, Jeff purchased and operated the family farm near Sigourney and owned and operated Stowit Storage in Oskaloosa. After a brief retirement from a fulfilling career with the USDA in 2014, Jeff began working for the County Bank in Sigourney; he eventually served as vice-president.
    Jeff was a member of the Oskaloosa Elks Club. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing. He was a true and loyal son, brother, uncle and friend and will be fondly remembered by many.
    His family includes his father, William "Bill" Kuntz of Sigourney, his siblings: his identical twin brother, Greg (Sue) Kuntz of Coralville, Mark (Pamela) Siegfried of Mooresville, NC, Vicky (Carl) Kostman of Troy, KS, Clark Kuntz, Preston Kuntz, and Travis Kuntz; and many nieces and nephews.
    Jeff was preceded in death by his mother.
    As was his wish, Jeff's body has been cremated. Burial of his ashes will be in Union Mills Cemetery near New Sharon, Iowa. Due to the restrictions put in place by the Department of Public Health due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, no services will be held at this time. Langkamp Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with Jeff's arrangements.