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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Taylor, Allan (Truman 1976)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Allan (AJ) Taylor. Allanpassed away February 16, 2019 after battling a brain tumor for almost two (2) years. AJ was a 1976 graduate of Taylor Truman. He was involved in the Drama club and on the mens gymnastics team that won the state championship that year (AJ took 2nd in the state on the still rings). He is survived by his daughters (Morgan, Jordan and Corban), grandsons (Joshua and Oliver), parents (Nelson and Patricia), brothers Ed (Truman class of 1978) and Jerome (Truman class of 1980), sisters Theresa Story (Truman class of 1981) and Linda Fry (Truman class of 1983).

Nelson Vervisch, Kathleen (Kennedy 1967)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Kathleen Nelson Vervisch. Kathleen passed away on February 1, 2019.
Kathy's son Carl wrote a nice eulogy for his mother.

Kathleen Nelson was born November 14, 1949, first child of second-generation Americans Carl Nelson, World War II army veteran, and his wife Virginia. She grew up on a gravel road, was dressed for school in homemade wares, and enjoyed a simple, happy childhood surrounded by a large family. As a teen, she attended and graduated from Taylor, Michigan's John F. Kennedy High School. As a young adult, she worked in Detroit for Difco Labs, frequented dance halls and concerts downtown, and attended the legendary Woodstock music festival. Her first date with Douglas Vervisch (Taylor Center alumni) on September 27, 1980 led to the couple's elopement just 15 days later in Las Vegas, Nevada, and later the birth of her only son Carl. Kathleen Vervisch served various volunteer and paid roles in the school system, including her compassionate work with special needs children.
Through the years, her travels took her to Spain, the Bahamas, Cancun, nearly every corner of the US, and scores of Michigan State Park campgrounds. Camping and the outdoors were her greatest passion in life. In 2007, Kathleen suffered a stroke that paralyzed her left side almost completely. Months later, her marriage was sadly cut short after 27 devoted years when Douglas passed away from a heart condition in his sleep. Despite her misfortunes, Kathleen went on to build a new life in Tampa Bay, Florida. She took pride in her independence, overcoming her mobility issues to continue driving, cooking, and living on her own. Kathleen lived close to her son Carl in Florida and spent many happy holidays, birthdays, and routine visits with him through the years. She stayed active in the local community center where she attended a weekly gathering of dominos players and took part in group lunch outings. During her time as a retiree in Florida, Kathleen became well-known for her gift deliveries to friends near and far of her homemade jams, roasted nuts, hot sauces, granola, cookies, hand-crafted greeting cards, and more. In January of 2019, Kathleen was suddenly stricken with jaundice and admitted to a local hospital for treatment. Doctors discovered a cancerous tumor in her bile duct and, after several unsuccessful attempts, determined that her condition was untreatable. She was moved into hospice care and passed away peacefully on February 1, survived by her only son Carl.

Kaechele, Beth (Truman 1977)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Beth Kaechele. Beth passed away February 19, 2019. Age 60 of Taylor. Beloved partner of 11 years to Thor Uranis. Loving mother of Stephanie Kitka, Alexander (Amber) Kitka, and Megan (Doug) Smith. Loving daughter of Donna Kaechele. Dear “Big Sister” to Cheryl (Jeff) Davis, Albert (Debbie) Kaechele, and Tricia (Pat) Kaechele. Dearest grandmother of Olivia, Liam, and Declan. Beth was preceded in death by her father Edward Kaechele, Jr. Beth enjoyed music, flowers, and gardening in her rock garden. Beth grew up with a large extended family that she loved dearly. She loved being with family and loved Thor, her kids, grandkids, her siblings, and mother deeply. She adored her pets Juno and Peep. Beth retired from Taylor Schools where she worked for over ten years. She will be deeply missed by many loving family and friends. Visitation Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 1-6 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Funeral service Sunday 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Please share memories and leave condolences on Beth’s guestbook.

Skura, James (Taylor Center 1960)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of James Sakura. James passed away on February 5, 2019. Age 76 of Southgate. Beloved husband of the late Nancy. Loving father of Eugene Waara Jr., Chris (Michele) Waara, James (Mary) Waara and Jeffrey (Marjorie) Waara. Dear brother of Bob (Nancy), Dan and Kathy (Tom) Montroy. Dearest grandfather of Kelsey, Michael, Alison, Jason, Jeremy, Tiffany, Jacob, Jimmy, Zach, Samantha, Hannah, the late Jennifer, Jessica, Haylee, Kevin and Mark. Loving great-grandfather of Tyler, Kayla, Ethan, Chace, Jaxon, Mallory, Brooke, Ava, Logan, Penelope, Harrison, Charlotte, James, Christopher, Hunter, Zachary, Carson, Owen and Nikki. James was preceded in death by his parents Casmer and Hedwig. Memorial Visitation Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 1- 8 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Memorial Gathering Monday 10:00 a.m. with a 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service to follow at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 15600 Trenton Rd, Southgate. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on James’ guestbook.

Adams, Darin (Kennedy 1981)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Darin Adams. Darin suddenly passed into eternity on January 26, 2019
He is survived by his ex-wife and dear friend Annette, his children Ryan Michael Adams, Shawn Matthew Adams, and Lindsay Renee (Alex) Willauer.
Memorial donations can be made to the Wilson Veterinary Hospital -- Sparky Fund.

Shivel Seay, Kimberly (Kennedy 1975)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Kimberly Shivel Seay. Kimberly passed away February 6, 2019. Beloved wife of 40 years to Chris. Loving mom of Kyle (Krissy) and Rachel (Kurt). Proud Meemaw of Landon. Dearest sister of Linda Laurell, Nolene Shivel, Larry Shivel and Sherri Shivel. Also survived by many other loving family and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Dorothy Shivel and one brother Phil Shivel. She will be missed by her grandpups Squiggly Wiggly, Cannoli Oli, Clyde and Bon Bon.
Visitation is Saturday, February 09, 2019, 3:00PM - 8:00PM and Funeral is Sunday, February 10, 2019, 1:00PM at The Trenton Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 3200 West Road, Trenton, MI 48183

Pace Kovaleski, Debra (Taylor Center 1975)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Debra Pace Kovaleski. Debra passed away on November 27, 2018 at the age of 61. Beloved wife of the late Walter Kovaleski, Jr "Butch". Cherished sister of Donna Buchanan, Diane (Roy) Neal, Denise (Howard) Mulvin, Ronnee (Scott), and William Pace. Caring godmother of Stefanie and Ashley. Loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Taylor Chapel of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 9800 S. Telegraph Rd. Visitation was on Saturday, December 1, 2018 fro 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Marasco, Joseph "Joe" (Taylor Center 1973)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Joseph Marasco. Joe passed away January 31, 2019. Age 63 of Taylor. Beloved son of Doris (the late George) Marasco. Dear brother of Chris (Barbara) Marasco, the late George Jr. Marasco and the late Gregory Marasco. Dearest uncle of 6. Loving great uncle of 11. Joseph will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation Sunday, February 03, 2019 from 2- 8 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Scripture service Sunday at 6:00 p.m. In state Monday 10:30 a.m. with an 11:00 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection to follow at St. Constance Catholic Church, 21555 Kinyon, Taylor. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Joseph’s guestbook.

Groat, Robert "Bob" (Truman 1979)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Robert "Bob" Groat. Bob passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his loving family on December 22, 2018 at the age of 57. Beloved husband of Helga. Loving and proud father of his three sons: Bobby, Johnny, and Stevie. Cherished brother of Geri Antonucci, Joe Groat, and Wendy Abrahamson. Preceded in death by his dear parents, Sandra and Joseph Groat.
Bob was known for his selfless desire to help people – he proudly served as a paramedic, a firefighter, and a police officer in his early career. Most recently, he was a ramp and deice supervisor at Detroit's Metropolitan Airport. In his spare time he loved fishing and enjoyed to cook; passions that he passed along to his sons.
Family and friends gathered on Wednesday, December 26th, from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Taylor Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 9800 S. Telegraph Rd.
A celebration of life memorial service took place on Thursday, December 27th at 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home.

Mazgai, Jonathan (Kennedy 2016)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Jonathan Mazgai. Jonathan passed away on January 12, 2019. Beloved son of Billy and Susan Mazgai. Loving brother of Timothy John Mazgai. Dear nephew of David and Lori Sieloff, Joe and Julie Umlah and Aymee Horvath. He is also survived by his cherished friends George and Dinky Giesim and many beloved cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother William Joseph Mazgai.

Wilkerson, Donald "Chipper" (Kennedy 1993)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Donald "Chipper" Wilkerson. Don “Chipper” passed away January 9, 2019. Age 43 of Taylor. Beloved husband of Monica. Loving son of Joan (Gary) Henson and Donald (Pat) Wilkerson. Beloved father of Jillian Bostelman, Julian Bostelman and Alex Bostelman. Dear brother of Raychel (David) Tallieu. Dearest grandfather of Aiden. Dear uncle of Grant and Easton. Preceded in death by a loving step-father Fred Dienes. Chipper is also survived by many other loving family and friends. Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 1-8 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Funeral services for Chipper will be that day starting at 5:00 p.m. Donations may be made to American Cancer Society. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Chipper’s guestbook.

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