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
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  • Taylor Center High School
  • Taylor High School
  • Taylor School District Staff
  • .....Scroll down to see Recent Obituaries........

    Casteller, Karla ( Taylor Board office insurance secretary)

    The Taylor Alumni Assistant extends condolences to the family and friends of Karla Casteller. Karla passed away January 23, 2023. Age 72 of Taylor. Beloved wife of Tom Casteller. Loving mother of Michelle (Johnny) O’Neil and Anthony (Jennifer) Casteller. Dear sister of Barbara, Marilyn and Allison. Dearest grandmother of Brennen, Keannen and Jude. Karla was preceded in death by her brothers Jack and Steve. Karla will be deeply missed by family and friends. Karla was a secretary in the Taylor School District. Visitation Friday, January 27, 2023 from 2:00- 8:00 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. In state Saturday 10:30 a.m. with a 11:00 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection to follow at St. Constance Catholic Church, 21555 Kinyon, Taylor. Donations may be made to Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Karla’s tribute wall.

    Harris, Donny (Taylor Center 1996)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Donny Harris. Donny passed away January 21, 2023. A memorial for Donny will be Thursday, January 26, 2023, 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Fred Wood Funeral Home, Inc. 36100 Five Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154.

    Sauve, Michael J (Kennedy 1972)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Michael Sauve. Michael passed away on January 21, 2023. Michael Joseph Sauve was born February 25, 1954, to Donald “Wally” and Natalie (Cody) Sauve in Highland Park MI. He was their first born child and pridefully went on to become the big brother to Nannette Sauve, Stephanie Sauve (Gene Loriot), and Greg (Nancy) Sauve. He grew up in a home in Taylor, MI with an abundance of love and old fashion values. One that was strict, but never lacking in adoration, sarcasm, and humor. Mike was baptized Catholic and actively raised in Saint Paschal's church. Mike was spirited, stubborn, and did things slowly on his own time. He was quick to verbalize his opinion and sometimes easily convince others to join him in mischief. Throughout all of life’s stages he treasured his friendship with his sibs. His relationship with each of them was unique. As their big brother he inspired them, knew just how to irritate them, and particularly enjoyed doing so. He in turn was incredible at loving them and humbly thankful he could always depend on them. In 1972 Mike graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. Mike continued to live life to its fullest. He enjoyed indulging in superb food, smooth bourbon, and loud music especially when in company with those he loved. Mike loved people passionately.
    On March 10, 1973 he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Felker. Together they formed a home in Melvindale, MI. Where they grew into adulthood, and created a family with their two sons, Steven and Jeremy Sauve. Mike truly had fun with parenting and being active in his sons lives. He spent many seasons coaching, volunteering, and working hard long hours to provide for them. He was incredibly proud of his boys and would remind people he was confident he’d done at least two things right by the way they both turned out. Mike was animated and loved to tell stories of personal adventures. If you stuck around for any length of time it’d be top of the hour and he’d be repeating the same story to you.
    As his life evolved he went on to marry JoLynn Fitrzyk on October 10, 1998. Together they built a life in Lima, OH becoming business owners of Frontier Village, country western store. They embraced all things that came with being business owners, spoiled their dogs, and developed a love for camping. During this time Mikes sons began to expand their families. In 2003 Mike gained two daughter in-laws when Steve married Jill (Hawkins) and Jeremy married Jeni (Groner). Mike welcomed his expanding family and was always up to take them to a rodeo, buffet dinner, or simply relax with them beer in hand. In 2005 he achieved a new title, Papa Mike, as his grandchildren gradually begun arriving; Caden, Bryce, Emily, Addison, & Brady Sauve. As they grew he beamed constantly over their height, athleticism, and talent in the arts. He called often and came to visit them when time permitted but desired to be closer. Which lead Mike to end his business in Ohio and move back to Michigan to be near family. He teased them every chance he could & consistently reminded them to keep working hard. He enjoyed attending many events watching his grandchildren compete and preform. He always encouraged them with a immense hug after. During this time he fell in love with an old friend, Katrina Bentley. On June 17, 2017 they were united in marriage and planted in Wyandotte, MI. From this he gained additional sons, Damien (Lindsay) Mathis, Dustin and Daniel Green. Along with bonus grandchildren Colton and Peyton Mathis. Mike and Tina enjoyed traveling, renovating their home, meeting up with friends at local restaurants/bars, and watching all their grandkids bloom. As much as Mike loved large events with a crowd he also cherished quiet moments with Katrina while relaxing in his recliner at home or anywhere sitting near the waters edge.
    Mike passed away in Detroit, MI on January 21, 2023 at 68 years old. He is now united in heaven with his parents and numerous loved ones that have gone before him. In our sorrow we find comfort in knowing they’re together again. Especially because family reunions were one of Mikes favorite places to be. He is survived by all of his family listed above along with additional family that he loved immensely; nephews Samuel & Andrew Loriot, Cody (Kari) Sauve. Niece Elyse Sauve, great nieces Chelsea & Karlie Sauve, & countless extended family members. In addition he is survived by many friends that were dear to him particularly Jim & Laura Shelton.
    Funeral arrangements entrusted to Voran Funeral Home. Per Mikes request there will be no public funeral services held. Private burial will take place at a later time. Memorial contributions may be sent to the organization of your choice. Or simply splurge on yourself in Mikes memory as he relished in spoiling those he loved. Please share your memories and/or leave condolences on Mikes guestbook.
    Upon future date we will invite you all to gather and celebrate his life with us. In accordance with Mikes wishes we will be having an extremely loud lighthearted party, with immoderate libations, and in true Sauve fashion entirely too much food.

    Endreszl, Pete (Taylor Center 1960)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Ferdinand Peter “Pete” Endreszl, Jr. 80, of Belleville Michigan. Pete passed away on January 11, 2023, at home with his family by his side. He was born to Ferdinand Peter “Fritz” and Alvina (Klecha) Endreszl, Sr. on December 27, 1942, in Dearborn Michigan. After 34 years of working at Ford Motor Company, Pete retired in 2001. He had been a Design Specialist at Ford's Product Development Center in Dearborn, MI, where he was passionate about cars. Even in his free time, he enjoyed tinkering and fixing cars, particularly his prized 1965 Mustang convertible that his son had restored.
    Pete enjoyed attending auctions to find what he considered "Good Deals" and "Conversation Pieces." He also had a fondness for cruising on his pontoon boat and taking in the sunset from the deck of his lake house. He was known for being a jokester and loved making others laugh. Above all, his family was the most important thing in his life, and he treasured spending time with them.
    Pete is survived by his partner Lois Seager, loving children Stephen (Tricia Crim) Endreszl of Belleville, MI, Sheri Endreszl of Garden City, MI, and Joseph (Kimberly) Endreszl of Plymouth, MI, grandchildren Shannon Endreszl, Kaylyn Bothell, Nicole Swinea, Tyler Shelton, Jakob, and Joshua Endreszl, Jordan and Megan Crim, and great-grandchildren Greyson, Roman, and Chandler. He also leaves behind siblings George (Rose) Endreszl of Livonia, MI, Charles (Sue) Endreszl of Garden City, MI, David (Carlotta) Endreszl of Clarkston, MI, Mary Ann (Ronald) Tobey of Garden City, MI, and Richard Endreszl of Rohnert Park, CA, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Pete's loved ones who passed before him include his parents, brother Thomas Endreszl, former wife and mother of his children Kathleen Gibbons, and sister-in-law Doris Endreszl.
    Visitation will be held at David C. Brown on Thursday, January 19th from 1 PM to 8 PM, with a rosary at 7 PM. A service has been planned for Pete at 11 AM on Friday, January 20, 2023, at the David C. Brown Funeral Home, located at 460 E. Huron River Dr., Belleville, MI. The service will be officiated by Father Bryan Shackett.
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society.
    The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Plassman, Robert (Kennedy 1966)

    Just received this information on Robert Preston Plassman, known to many as "Bobby," of Lake Havasu City, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. He was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on July 16, 1948 to Robert and Marilyn Plassman. He was 72 years of age. Robert graduated from Kennedy High School and attended Albion College. He became a self-employed business owner, operating "One Hour Martinizing Dry Cleaners." Robert was married to his loving wife Shirley in August 1992. He enjoyed traveling and golfing, being a member of the Lake Havasu Golf Club and the London Bridge Men's Golf Club. He was also a member of The Fraternal Order of Eagles. He is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley; his children, Robert Plassman, Stanley Dziendziel and Nicole Langley; brother, Donald Plassman; grandchildren, Kate Plassman, Tyler Plassman, Sarah Connor, and Shayla Langley. Services were entrusted to the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home. Thoughts and condolences can be sent to the Plassman family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com.

    Crump, Henry "Lee" (Kennedy 1967)

    The Taylor Alumni Association just received this information of Lee Crump's passing on February 27, 2021.
    In Loving Memory Of: Henry L. Crump, Jr. “affectionately known as Lee,” was born on October 15, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan to Verna and Henry L. Crump, Sr., who preceded him in death. Lee accepted Christ at an early age and was a devout member of El Bethel Church for over twenty years, serving as a Deacon.
    On September 4, 1993, he united in marriage with the love of his life, Maggie. No children were born to this union. Lee graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Taylor, MI and began a career in law enforcement in 1971. Lee graduated from the Detroit Police Academy, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, United States Drug Enforcement Academy and the FBI Firearm Instructor’s School. Lee began working for the Inkster Police Department in August, 1972 and retired in October, 2000. He held many positions within the department as he advanced through the ranks, receiving numerous commendations and citations along the way. Lee always stressed the importance of integrity and character in his leadership positions and retired as Deputy Chief of Police, City of Inkster. After retirement, Lee continued to serve the community as City Councilman and Trustee on the Policemen and Firemen Pension Board.

    McGhee, David (Teacher at Kinyon, Brake, and Kennedy)

    The Taylor Alumni Association received this life celebration information from David McGhee's wife, Wendy Krieger (JFK 67). David passed away September 7, 2020.
    There will be a Celebration of Life for David McGhee, January 28, 2023. 1:00 pm at Northline Church, 22140 Champaign, Taylor MI 48180

    Borden, James "Corky" (Taylor Center 1966)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of James “Corky” Borden. James passed away 12-20-22. He is survived by Karen Wilson-Borden, children; Melynda (Ed) Shane, Elyzabeth, Eric (Salina), Kenneth, Kortney Zub (Ryan). Grandchildren; Valayna, Remmi, Gauge, Gabe, Mia, Briar, Emily, Shaun, Adam, Randy, Kiara, and Briana. He is also survived by his siblings, Jody Lake (Dan), Pamela, Susie, Hazel Stephens (Thomas), and Timothy. James is preceded in death by his parents. James was in Viet Nam from 1967 to 1971. James passed away at home on hospice. Requested by James for no funeral, he was cremated.

    Dezsi Havens, Nancy (Kennedy 1966)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Nancy Dezsi Havens. Nancy, age 75 of Grosse Ile, passed on November 29, 2022. Beloved wife of Geoffrey A. Havens for 52 years. Loving mother of Geoffrey (Amy) Havens and Nancy (Timothy) Kelems. Dearest grandmother of Chase Havens, Marina Havens, Madison Rush, Eian Rush, and Aiden Rush. Step-grandmother of Ryleigh, Quincy, Kamryn, Zane, and Brody Kelems. She is also survived by two siblings, her dearest sister Mary Dezsi and Sylvia Dezsi. She is preceded in death by her parents Zoltan and Pearl Dezsi, and her brother John Dezsi. Nancy was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her family was her life and she was always generous and willing to help a loved one in need. Spending time with her family and taking her grandchildren on special outings brought her so much joy. She also enjoyed entertaining, baking, and cooking, especially for the holidays with her favorite Hungarian recipes. Nancy had a love of being outdoors and working on the yards of her homes on Grosse Ile and Big Pine Key, FL. With her abundance of energy, she was constantly working hard to make her homes beautiful. She also loved boating, fishing, and shopping, and had a keen eye for decorating her homes exquisitely. If Nancy wasn't working on her homes, she was working at her family business, Silver Seal Products. She worked long hard hours and enjoyed working with her granddaughter Marina, in the company warehouse. Nancy was deeply loved by all of her family and friends, and will be greatly missed.
    Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to honor Nancy at the Rheumatology Research Foundation: https://www.rheumresearch.org/donate
    Visitation was Saturday, December 10, 2022 and services were Sunday, December 11, 2022 at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

    Knapp Gorski, Carroll (Taylor Center 1965)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Carroll Knapp Gorski. Carroll passed away January 9, 2023 at the age of 75. Beloved wife of Richard Gorski. Loving mother of Marcus Gorski, Darrin (Cheryl) Gorski, and Dana (Eric) Bowen. Dearest grandmother of Kiley (Garrett) Clark, Lucas Gorski, Nicholas Gorski, Madison Gorski, Andrew Gorski, Miranda Bowen, Tyler Bowen, and great-grandmother to Bella Luna Poma and Aria Clark. She is survived by her brothers Brian (Keeley) Knapp and Edyie Knapp. She is preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Mabel Knapp, siblings George Knapp, Kenneth Knapp, and Bill Knapp. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Visitation is Friday, January 20, 2023 from 4:00 ~ 8:00 PM at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, 30895 W. Huron River Dr. Flat Rock, MI 48134. Service is Saturday, January 21, 2023, instate viewing at 9:00 AM followed by mass at 10:00 AM at St. Constance Church, 21555 Kinyon St. Taylor, MI 48180. Interment at Michigan Memorial Park following service. www.mimemorial.com

    Matthies Cornett, Susan (Kennedy 1972)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Susan Matthies Cornett. Susan passed away December 12, 2022. Cremation took place. Sue had a concussion of 3 days prior to her death, and is survived by Leeann Matthies Clapper, (JFK 69), Gary Matthies (JFK 71), Debra Matthies (JFK 73), Terri Matthies Chiodo (HST 81). Sue was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Cornett (JFK 71), Nancy Matthies, and her parents Carl and Doris Matthies.

    Pates, David (Taylor Center 1957)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of David Pates. David passed away November 5, 2022. David Pates was born December 18, 1938, to William and Sophie Pates. Throughout his childhood, David was an active and fun-loving boy. He attended Taylor Schools and upon Graduation from Taylor Center HS in 1957, David enlisted in the Air Force, where he spent time in Antarctica. After completion of his service, he returned to Michigan and found employment with Ford Motor Company and worked there until he retired in 2003 from the Woodhaven Stamping Plant. David then followed his dream of moving to his retirement home in Alpena, Michigan and enjoyed having family to visit, often keeping his grandchildren for the summer. In 2004, David attended a tattoo party where he met his amazing wife, Denise, and in 2006, he moved back downstate to be with her. David then joined the Detroit Beach Boat Club, where he became a Trustee, and enjoyed many years of fun with so many beloved friends. David was easily recognized as the University of Michigan’s biggest fan. David also enjoyed fishing, boating, attending parties as well as playing on a pool league and many bowling teams. David also had a love for animals, especially his cat, Sprout, and at one time in life he bred and showed dogs. David was the beloved Husband of 15 years to Denise Pates. Loving father of Thomas Pates, Nicole (Orlando) Rhea, Danielle (Jeff) Jacks and Jennifer (Jason) McElyea. Dearest Grandfather of Antonio, Savannah, Michael, Christian, Izak, Nicholas, Thomas, Cassandra, Mia and Maddie. Great Grandfather of Melohdy, Lyric, Josephine and Lynette. Dear brother of Ken (Sally) Pates. Also survived by his favorite cat Sprout. Preceded in death by his parents and siblings William Pates and Danny Pates. A special blue and yellow celebration of David’s life was held on Sunday, November 20, 2022, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the Wyandotte FOP hall, 822 Oak Street, Wyandotte, MI 48192.

    Sidney Morris (Taylor Center 1964)

    The Taylor Alumni Association just received this information. We extend condolences to the family and friends of Sidney Morris. Sidney was born on February 12, 1946 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He passed away on July 2, 2022 at the age of 76 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sidney is survived by Son, Michael (Karen) Morris, Son, Chris (Stacey) Morris, Brother, John (Rhonda) Morris, Grandson, Deric, Grandson, Dylan, Grandson, Drew, Grandson, Jory, Granddaughter, Sidney, Granddaughter, Emily, Granddaughter, Sabrina, Grandson, William, Grandson, Joshua, Grandson, Ryan, Great-grandchildren, Three, Niece, Sam, Niece, Allison. He is preceded in death by Father, Albert Morris, Mother, Elva Morris, Wife, Sheryl Morris, Daughter, Angela Morris. Sidney was in the Marines for 28 years. Visitation was Monday, July 11, 2022, 1:00PM - 8:00PM at Uht Funeral Home 35400 Glenwood Rd,. Westland, MI 48186. Graveside Service was Tuesday, July 12, 2022,1:00PM - 1:30PM, Michigan Memorial Park, 32163 W. Huron River Dr., Flat Rock Mi 48134

    Mouro, Rick (Kennedy 1976)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Rick Anthony Mouro, Trenton Michigan. Rick passed away Thursday, December 15, 2022. He
    graduated from Kennedy High School, class of 1976. Rick loved playing the guitar, his harmonica and most of all, riding his bike. He also enjoyed playing pool and caveman croquet. He
    leaves behind a son, Alexander Kovacs. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Caroline Moura, and his brother, Jerry Mouro. He is survived by his brothers Danny, Frank, and Joel as well as his sisters Alice, Mary, Janet, Annette, Renee and Lori. Celebration of Life will be held Summer of 2023.

    Turbyfill, Curtis (Truman 1985)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Curtis Turbyfill. Curtis (Curt), passed away December 21st, 2022.
    Curt passed away peacefully at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born to Shirley and Elmer C. Turbyfill in Detroit, Mi. The family later moved to Taylor, MI which is where Curt grew up and graduated from Harry S. Truman High School. There he developed lifelong friendships that he carried with him to Indiana.
    He is survived by daughters, Carly Turbyfill & Angel Turbyfill; mom, Shirley Peraino & dad, James Peraino; sisters, Elizabeth (Doran) Gwyn & Tammy (Keith) Hartz; nephews Shawn (Brittany) Gwyn, Nick Peraino, Travis (Kate) Gwyn & Jacob Peraino. Curtis also has two great nieces Lyric & Evelyn. He leaves behind many aunts, uncles and cousins who he loved very much.
    He was a US Navy veteran stationed in San Diego and moved to Indiana upon discharge from service. He worked for Chrysler Corp in Kokomo for 19 years.
    Some of his favorite activities were gardening with his grandparents or his mom, attending church and worshipping through song. Watching football, he became an avid Colts fan, but never gave up on the Lions!
    Curt was a lover of God, family, music, and animals. Daily reading of his bible through happy and sad times was a favorite past time. Curt was an excellent self-taught guitar player; he enjoyed listening to and playing music by bands such as Lynard Skynyrd, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Nirvana, and the Eagles.
    His laugh was contagious and there was nothing he liked better than to make people laugh. America’s Funniest Home Videos was his all-time favorite show, but he loved funny videos from his family the best. He could watch those repeatedly, they never failed to make him smile.
    The family will be hosting a celebration of life ceremony at a future date.

    Wisusik, Carol (Kennedy 1976)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Carol Wisusik. Carol, age 65 of Taylor, passed away December 24, 2022. Dear sister of Robert Wisusik. Dearest aunt of Lauren Wisusik. Loving great-aunt of Lily and Kylee. Carol was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Jeanette Wisusik. Carol will be deeply missed by many more cousins and friends. Visitation will be held Saturday, December 31, 2022 from 12:00- 3:00 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Carol’s guestbook.

    Murphy, Michael D. (Taylor Center 1990)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Michael "Mike" David Murphy. Michael, age 51 of Taylor passed away December 8, 2022. Loving father of David and Emily Murphy. Dear brother of Robert (Sue), Kathleen (Rick), Margaret (Bill), Susanne, and Elizabeth. Dearest grandfather of Kieran and Jarrah. Dear ex-husband of Jennifer Mason. Michael was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Catherine Murphy as well as by his siblings Edward and Patrick Murphy. Michael is also survived by many other loving family and friends. No formal services will be held at the funeral home. Arrangements and cremation entrusted to the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date…day and times to come. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Michael’s Tribute Wall on his guestbook.

    Carmack Jacobs, Rosemary (Kennedy 1972)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Rosemary Jacobs of Riverview, Michigan. Rosemary passed away in the early hours of Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the age of 68. Beloved wife of 46 years to Louis Jacobs. Loving mother of Heather (Derrick) Norris and Louis (Hayley) Jacobs. Cherished nana of Autumn Norris, Kendra Jacobs, and Zoey Jacobs. Rosemary was preceded in death by her brother Philip (Valerie) Carmack. She will be deeply missed by many loving family and friends.
    Visitation for Rosemary will begin on Friday, December 23, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Trenton Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes located at 3200 West Road, 48183. The service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

    Whitwell-Neely, Diana (Kennedy 1972)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Diana Whitwell Neely. Diana Susan Neely, of Old Hickory, Tennessee, was born February 4, 1954, in Taylor, Michigan, and died at her home on December 13, 2022. She was 68 years old. She was the daughter of the late James David Whitwell and Elma Erleen Churchwell Whitwell.
    In addition to her parents, Mrs. Neely was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert "Buddy" Neely, her son, Matthew Thomas Varley, and her sister, Patricia Ann Whitwell.
    Mrs. Neely is survived by her son, Michael Varley of Old Hickory, grandchildren, Brandy Oneal, Bryan Williams, Joshua Varley, Jacob Varley, and Jackson Eli Varley and two great-grandchildren, Tucker and Oakley Oneal. She is also survived by her brother, Kevin David Whitwell of Graysville, Tennessee.
    Visitation with the family will be Saturday, December 17, 2022, at McDonald Funeral Home in Centerville beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. . Graveside services will follow at Memory Gardens at 2:00 p.m. Bill McDonald will officiate the service

    Potter, Shawn (Truman 1991)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Shawn Potter. Shawn passed away December 12, 2022. He was cremated and the family will notify everyone when there will be a celebration of life.

    Sobecki, Alan (Truman 1978)

    The Taylor Alumni Association just received this obituary of Alan Sobecki.
    The Taylor Alumni association extends condolences to the family and friends of Alan Sobecki. Alan Michael Sobecki passed away December 21, 2021.
    Alan was the best of us. A loving son and brother, he was especially devoted to his role as husband, father and grandfather. He has now joined his beloved daughter Raquel and his parents in heaven.
    He will forever be remembered by his loving wife Colleen, his eldest daughter Amanda (Dan), and his son Kyle. His beautiful grandchildren, Kiyler, Odin and Aria, brought him so much joy.
    He was born in Detroit, the youngest of four children of Ira and Dorothy Sobecki of Sloan Street in Taylor. His siblings survive him: Chris (Mary) Sobecki, Jan (Kim) Sobecki, and Debbie (Lonnie) Cann. Alan is also remembered by his many beloved nieces and nephews.
    Alan had many friends and every neighbor was a friend. Having grown up on the same street that he settled on once married and raising a family, Alan found many opportunities to hone his jack-of-all-trades skills. Whether you needed a tile replaced on your roof, had a leaky pipe, or the brakes on your car were grinding, you knew Alan would tackle the job without hesitation. He enjoyed doing many of these projects with his brother Jan, as they complemented each other well.
    Alan was gifted with a natural talent that encompassed every aspect of home renovation; he could envision the final product and make it happen from start to finish. A problem solver, the man never ran out of energy or ideas, always having a project or two in the works.
    And, as a true Polish son, he only did quality work. He took pride in keeping the family home and automobiles in pristine condition. And he always had a great love for his dogs. His devoted black lab, Riley, mourns with the family. Alan was a valued and tireless employee at Buffers USA in Taylor, where he worked alongside his longtime friend Rick Hamilton. His strong work ethic was a lifelong trait.
    With the support of his family, Alan made certain his aging parents had the best of care and that their home was always properly maintained.
    He loved to travel, taking many cruises and camping trips, enjoying nature in all its beauty.One of the highlights of a favorite vacation was seeing whales and eagles in Alaska.
    Always staying busy, Alan and Colleen spent many evenings with neighbors and friends, enjoying a few beers, making light of their daily lives, and getting out to local community events, live music, and family functions. Like most of us, Alan enjoyed finding a good bargain; even better, however, was making a good deal when he himself had something to sell.
    Alan's greatest accomplishment was his family. Alan cherished his bride Colleen, their marriage growing stronger even thru the devastation of losing Raquel to cancer in 2015. His son Kyle has his father's loyalty and wry humor. Amanda, his eldest, has her dad's tenacious spirit and desire for adventure.
    Memorial service for Alan Sobecki will be held at Living Water Church, 17125 Fordline St., Riverview, on Saturday, January 8th at 12 noon. A luncheon will be held at the church immediately following the service. We ask that you bring your prayers, thoughts and fondest memories of Alan. If we do not laugh, we cry. And while we feel deep sorrow at Alan's passing, we want to celebrate all of our happy, joyous memories of him.

    Blair Masters, Lori

    The Taylor alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Lori Blair Masters. Lori passed away December 3, 2022 and was born to her loving parents, Richard and Shirley Blair, the eldest of three daughters. She attended St. Alfred’s Catholic School, then went on to graduate from Truman High School in Taylor, Mich. in 1977.
    In September 1980, she married Randall Masters and they welcomed three sons: Ryan, Michael and Kellen. Lori loved being a mom, encouraging her boys in all their interests and being on the sidelines to cheer them on at every event.
    She began her airline career in April 1985 with Republic Airlines, and after later mergers with Northwest and Delta Air Lines, she proudly retired after 37 years of service.
    Her grasp of knowledge and excellent people skills proved to be a perfect fit for the travel industry. Working in Livonia Reservations specialty areas, the Northwest City Ticket Office, Tampa Reservations, and Detroit as a Gate Agent and Sky Club Representative, she excelled in every position.
    Lori will be remembered for her kind heart, loving hugs, contagious laugh, gift of encouragement, and most of all, her amazing smile. She was sentimental and quick to shed a tear. You could always count on Lori for a comforting word, sincere compliment, a hand to hold, or a shoulder to lean on. She made room in her heart for everyone.
    Her family, especially her boys and grandson, and cherished friends and coworkers brought her so much joy. Above all, Lori was devoted to the Lord. She felt especially connected to Him in the majesty of nature.
    Lori was preceded in death by the following people whom she loved so deeply: her father Richard Blair, son Michael Masters, niece Raquel Sobecki, and brother (by marriage) Alan Sobecki.
    She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Shirley Blair; sons Ryan and Kellen Masters; grandson Kellen Jr.; sisters Kelly Walker (Kevin) and Colleen Sobecki; nieces, nephews, cousins, a godson, great friends and coworkers.
    The family of Lori Masters wishes to acknowledge, with deep appreciation, the many comforting messages, floral tributes, prayers, meals, donations and all other expressions of kindness and sympathy. May the Lord bless you as you have comforted us.
    Visitation will be held in her honor on Monday, December 12th, 2022 from 3pm to 8pm at Charles Step Funeral Home; 18425 Beech Daly Rd. Redford MI 48240 (between 6 & 7 mile). Next day visiting will be on Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 from 10am until the 11am funeral service at Charles Step Funeral Home. Internment will be held at Parkview Cemetery.

    Woolford Korody, Judy (Taylor Center 1960)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Judy Woolford Korody. Judy, age 80 of Lupton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at her home. She was born on December 21, 1941 in Detroit, MI. Judy grew up in Taylor, MI and graduated from Taylor Center High School. Judy worked for Wyandotte Chemical while in high school, then full time after graduation. Judy married Dennis Ray Korody in 1962. They had twin boys in 1963, Scott and Todd. Judy worked full time for two more years. She was a stay at home mother for two more years, then her and Dennis opened a grocery store in Allen Park, MI, which they ran for 25 years. Dennis then went to work for Ford Motor Company for 30 years and Judy went to work for Lord and Taylor Department Store for 22 years. Judy rose to be an Executive Secretary. Judy and Dennis retired on Sage Lake in Lupton, MI. Judy loved riding and driving her Harley Davidson motorcycle. They both rode all over the country. They were in all but 3 states. She was an honorary lifetime member of the Ladies of Harley. Judy loved her own bike and had many friends and fellow enthusiasts. Judy loved hosting friends and family at her “Tiki Bar” on Sage Lake. You could always stop by for a treat or drink, either by car or boat. Judy is survived by her loving husband, Dennis Korody, son, Scott (Kelly Hewitt) Korody, son, Todd Korody, grandchildren, Ryan and Rachel Korody, Matthew and Joe Hewitt, and Douglas and Tyler Noel. Also surviving is brother, Mark (Jan) Woolford, brothers-in-law, David Korody, Daniel (Donna) Korody, her best friend of 75 years, Carolyn Lauder Berro and many nieces and nephews.
    A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 11:30 am at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch with visitation prior from 10:00 am until time of service. Chaplain Joe Vicari will officiate. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Compassus Hospice.
    Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com

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