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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Sisto Mitts, Yolanda (Taylor Center 1965)

The Taylor Schools Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends Yolanda Sisto Mitts, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Yolanda passed away peacefully with family present on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the age of 73. She greatly appreciated and enjoyed the many cards, flowers and visits she received from family and friends during the final months of her life.

Yolanda was born to parents Armando Valentino Sisto and Helen Barbara (Palmer) Sisto on December 22, 1946 in Yonkers, New York. She grew up as the eldest of three in Taylor, Michigan. After graduating from Taylor Center High School in 1965 she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and secondary school teacher certification at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit. In 1968, she married Gary Mitts after having met him in a world history class in 1967. As a married couple, Yolanda and Gary joined the Peace Corps after they graduated from WSU in 1969 and taught English as a foreign language at a Teachers Training College in Mahasarakham, Thailand for two years. Prior to their assignment to Thailand program in 1970, they had been in Peace Corps training to teach English in Libya. That program was cancelled due to a change in the Libyan government in the fall of 1969. When their service with the Peace Corps was finally completed, they took some time to travel through Asia and Europe. Yolanda enjoyed traveling with her family throughout her life.

After her return to the US in 1972, she worked at the Social Security Administration offices in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo after having lived and worked for a few months in both Detroit and Milwaukee. Yolanda and Gary moved to a house on Long Lake in Pavilion Township in 1975 where they raised their two sons and she had herb, vegetable and flower gardens. She left Social Security in 1977 when her first child was born. She was a substitute teacher in several school districts and was once the volunteer of the year at Tobey Elementary School. After her children were in high school, she returned to work at Social Security and retired at the end of 2008 with twenty years of government service. She and Gary left Long Lake and moved to Leisure Time Condominiums in Kalamazoo in 2017.

Yolanda was a long time active member of the League of Women Voters Kalamazoo Area and was most recently instrumental in planning the exhibit at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum commemorating the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. She had also been a member of the Michigan Yoga Association and had practiced yoga for over 40 years. She taught yoga classes at the YMCA in both Kalamazoo and Portage for many years and last taught in June, 2019. She also enjoyed attending potlucks with the Peace Corps Association of Southwest Michigan, a local group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who had served in various countries around the world.

Yolanda had been a breast cancer survivor since 1987, but she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in August, 2019. The family is grateful for the kind and compassionate care which was provided by both Grace Hospice and the staff at Woodside Assisted Living at Friendship Village. She had moved there last autumn. She is survived and will be deeply missed by her husband, Gary Mitts; her sons, Kurt (Jessica Warrilow) Mitts and Eric (Jennifer) Mitts; her sister Heather (John Mrozik) Sisto; her brother Wayne (Donna Meeks-Sisto) Sisto; her brother-in- law Raoul (Kathryn Darnell) Mitts; by six nieces and their spouses and children and by several cousins. She will be missed by her many friends as well. Finally, her beloved Maine Coon cat, Mr. Darcy, has missed her since she left for medical treatment in September, 2019.

At her request, cremation will take place. There will be no funeral service or visitation. Memorial gatherings will be planned later in the spring. Yolanda advocated for the preservation of nature and the environment and many social/political causes, especially the importance of voting. Therefore, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, contributions in her memory can be made to the League of Women Voters Kalamazoo Area, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Sierra Club or Greenpeace USA.

Herr Kersey, Deborah (Taylor Center 1970)

The Taylor Schools Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Deborah Herr Kersey, age 68 of Lincoln Park. Deborah passed away February 21, 2020 on a beautiful sunny day surrounded by her loving family. Loving wife of Robin for 48 wonderful years. Loving mother of LeeAnn Rowley, Amy (Brian) Van Jaarsveld, Beth (Ben) Madigan. Cherished Grammy of Jordan, Tyler, Jake, Haydan, Maximus, Spencer, Benjamin, Lorraine, and Timothy. Beloved sister of Daniel (Ellen) Herr, and the late Timothy Herr and Chris Herr. Dearest daughter of William and Lorraine Herr. Debbie dedicated over 12 years to serving the City of Lincoln Park in the Treasurer’s office. She is an Ovarian Cancer survivor. Debbie frequently volunteered at schools, Lincoln Park North little league, and helped many during their time of need. We loved you the mostest.

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Courter Vick, Aloma (Taylor Center 1962)

The Taylor Schools Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Aloma Courter Vick, 77, of North Pekin, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born February 3, 1943 in Munising, Michigan to Marion Eddie and Wilda Arlene (Lung) Courter. Survived by her husband H. Dale Vick (TC 61) and her three children, Rachelle (Dr. Chuck) VanDyke of Pekin, Matt (Ondria Beckman) Vick of Peoria, and Deborah (Michael Marchialette) Harrison of Des Plaines; three grandchildren, Maxwell (Tressa) Schneider of Tremont, Mason Schneider of Pekin, and Kara Brown of Bloomington; two great-grandchildren, Hazel and Edison; one brother, Alvin (TC 67) (Linda) Courter of Chandler, Arizona; and one sister, Marion (Jerry) Dancer of Michigan.
Aloma was a member of the Pekin Women of the Moose Chapter #673 since 1988, the MahJong Players Club in The Villages, Florida, and the Gilchrist Florida Woman’s Club.
She enjoyed playing MahJong, ballroom and country dancing, and visiting Disney Parks. Aloma and Dale wintered in Florida for the past 23 years and managed rental properties together.
Aloma will be remembered for her love and dedication to her family, especially her grandchildren.

Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Father David Whiteside will officiate. Visitation was from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 501 South Adams Street, Manito, IL 61546.
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Reynolds, Bruce (Truman 1978)

The Taylor Schools Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Bruce Reynolds. Bruce passed away at the age of 59, on January 21, 2020.
He was loved and cherished by many people including: his wife Shelia (HST 78); his children, Jessica Spinner (David), Miranda Zoumbaris (Daniel) and Brent Reynolds (Michelle); his grandchildren, Gabriel, Emily, Jonathan, Joshua, Jacob, Eleanora and Marjorie; his parents, Charles Reynolds and Marjorie Reynolds; and his siblings, Jeffrey (HST 76) Reynolds (Barbara) and Sherry (HST 90) Hall (Scott).
A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 25th 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Crystal Park Banquet Center (17113 Champaign Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Kidney Fund in Bruce's honor.

Gdowski Nothnagel, Sharon (Truman 1983)

The Taylor Schools Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Sharon (Gdowski) Nothnagel? Sharon passed away January 20, 2020.
It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Sharon Elizabeth Nothnagel (Wyandotte, Michigan), who passed away at the age of 54, on January 20, 2020. Family and friends can light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Sharon Elizabeth Nothnagel to show support.

She was predeceased by : her parents, Richard Gdowski and Barbara Gdowski. She is survived by : her husband Christopher Nothnagel; her children, Tess Nothnagel, Addy Nothnagel and Jake Nothnagel; her siblings, Debbie Guffey (Jim), John Gdowski (Marie), Terri Pett (late Skip), Sandy McBride (Rich), Dan Gdowski (Donna) and Krissy Halberstadt (Mike); and her parents-in-law, Melissa and Paul Auensen. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and many loving friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 24th 2020 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Molnar Funeral Home - Nixon Chapel (2544 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192). A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 24th 2020 at 7:00 PM at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the family to assist with their needs.

Fraser, Thomas (Tom) (Kennedy 1967)

From Pam, Tom's wife.......
Plans for Tom's "Celebration of Life Tribute" are in progress, so please SAVE THE DATE & SHARE this if you would:
March 7th, 2020 @ "Twin Oaks Community Church" in Woodhaven, MI, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ( Dix & King Rd.)
From 1 pm to 2 pm guests will openly gather in the Church Lobby for a short "Meet & Greet" from our Family & to sign Tom's Guest Book.
"Tribute of Tom's Life" will begin at 2 pm SHARP.

At the conclusion of his incredible life's "Celebration" there will still be time for late arrivals to sign his Guest Book, and enjoy a casual "Fiesta" after the program featuring Tom's Favorite Food, Snack & Drink with a twist of some of his Favorite Mexican Musica.
It should be a very "Memorable Day" for his entire Family & Friends to say "So Long," to this incredibly good, hard working & amazing man!
Our children have a very "touching & beautiful" presentation of their Amazing Dad to share with you. We trust your hearts will be touched & your lives transformed after sharing this day with our family.
Am sure Tom will be smiling from Above on ALL of us too.
If anything changes, we will Update you. (My apologies for the Delays & being Off-Grid more than I was On, but spent 12 days in the hospital myself between November 13th through December 28th. Nearly had to have Emergency Surgery myself at one point in that process, so I have since been SWAMPED with having only to begin all the paperwork, process and legal matters that must be taken care of in the Wake of losing one's Spouse.) Am still "dog-paddling" my way through the maze, but hope by end of next week I can button-up the rest of what remains to be done so Skippy & I can begin our "New Normal" here at Home in Highland.
Love & Thank you from the Kids & I for ALL of your Patience, Understanding and Kindness for what has been the most difficult, saddest & hardest Journey of them all for our children & ourselves.
Tom is in a Safe & Wonderful place now & he is where he's wanted to be all along on this "Lonesome Trail" he traveled for nine very long & difficult years.
See you all soon, we hope & may God Bless all
Pam, Kids, Grands & our boy, Skippy

Dober, Donald (Kennedy 1967)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Donald Dober. Don passed away on January 13, 2020. No service arrangements (Don's wishes). Immediate family will gather. Don is survived by his brother Ronald. (JFK 67)

Sexton Veres, Rosa Lee (Taylor Center 1963)

Just received this information.
The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Rosa Lee Sexton Veres. Rosa Lee age 73 of Brown City and formerly of Carsonville and Trenton died June 4, 2019. She was born September 19, 1945 to Homer and Stella Sexton. She graduated from Taylor High School. Rosa married James Veres on August 12, 1967.
Rosa was a housewife, mother and had also worked as a Supervisor Housekeeping at several facilities including several years at Autumnwood of Deckerville.
Rosa is survived by her husband James Veres, a daughter Kimberly (William) Veres-Northey, a grandson William, sisters: Mary Moore and Sharon Dufore.
She was preceded in death by a daughter Joanne Veres and a sister Etta Denning and brother Jesse Sexton.
A visitation was held for Rosa on Monday June 10, 2019 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Carman Funeral Home in Brown City. Funeral services will be at 5:00 p.m. Monday.

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