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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    Basley, Donna (Secretary)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Donna Basley. Basley, Donna of Pinckney, Michigan
    Her Legacy… Donna Jean Basley, 81, passed away on February 21, 2024. She was born on July 19, 1942, in Elkhart, Indiana, to Charles and Anna (Kalman) Slack. Donna married the love of her life, John Basley, on June 01, 1963, in Elkhart, Indiana. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Donna attended every dance recital, sporting event, and birthday party to love and support her family. She was passionate about teaching, completing her degree at the University of Michigan. Donna then dedicated 23 years of her professional career to the Taylor School District, where she significantly contributed to the development of her students and fellow staff. Donna also enjoyed camping as a member of the Wandering Whales, a local camping and adventuring group. Above all, her faith was of utmost importance to her. Donna was deeply loved by her family and will be greatly missed.
    Her Family… Donna will be missed by her loving spouse, John Basley; her children, Clifton (Becky) Basley, John (Janice) Basley Jr, Kathy (Craig) Chesney, Melissa (Martin) Toth; brother, Ray Slack; grandchildren Alison (David) Haas, Jack Basley, Austin ( Chelsea) Basley, Devin Basley, Jillian Chesney, Luc Chesney, Martin Toth; great-grandchildren, Catherine Haas, David Hass; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Charles and Anna Slack, and sisters, Barbara McIntire and Marjorie Christie.
    Her Farewell… Donna’s family and friends will be gathering privately at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to the family for future designation. Please leave a message of comfort for Donna’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign her guestbook at www.borekjennings.com.

    Farrington, Erna (Retired English and Social Studies Teacher)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Erna Farrington. Erna Deanne Farrington, 86, of Caseville, passed away Friday, February 16, 2024 at her daughter’s home in Shelbyville, Michigan while on hospice care. Erna was born August 8, 1937 in Highland Park to the late Ernest and Elta (Hesbon) Hicks. She attended Wayne Memorial High School and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree. She was a high school English and Social Studies teacher with Taylor Schools, retiring in 1997 and moving to Caseville. Erna loved Caseville and became an active member of the community; she was a member of the Caseville Historical Society, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Caseville Eagles Auxiliary, Caseville Election Commission, Caseville Library Club, Oakwood Senior Housing Commission, MARSP, and MEA retirees. Erna is survived by children Connie Green (David Rose) of Shelbyville, Caren (Mark) Blanzy of Mecosta, and Richard (Julie) Pankow of Brooksville, FL; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee and sister Nancy Darwin. A memorial mass will be at 11:00am Saturday, February 24th at St. Roch Catholic Church. Champagne Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the US, the Alzheimer Association or the Caseville Historical Society.

    Diederichs, James (Kennedy 1980)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of James Diederichs. James Peter Diederichs, “Jimmy D” 11/28/1961 - 02/19/2024. Retired dispatcher for Tri-State Expedited Service, Inc. Jimmy loved family and friends. He loved music especially Classic Rock and Country. Formally the drummer for the band “A Touch of Class” circa 1980. He is preceded in death by his parents John P. Diederichs & Anne M. Diederichs (nee Thome) & brother Patrick J. Diederichs. He is survived by brothers Joseph (Susan), Philip (Rita), Peter (Sylvia) & Jeremy (Lee), many Nieces & Nephews. A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home at 9800 Telegraph Road Taylor, MI 48180 on Saturday April 6th 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. In Lieu of Flowers, Contributions to Alcoholics Anonymous @ www.aa.org. would be appreciated.

    Jablonski, Mary Ann (Elementary Teacher)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Mary Ann Jablonski. Mary Ann Jablonski, age 79, of Riverview, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024 in her home surrounded by her family. Mary Ann is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Michael Jablonski and their children, Matthew (Rebecca) Jablonski, Christopher (Jaime) and Katherine (Jeff) Kaminski. Her cherished grandchildren, Jack, Luke, Violet, Evan, Emma and James. Also her two siblings, Patrick Zurek and Geraldine Zurek. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Ann Zurek. Viewing: Friday, February 16, 2024 from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Czopek Funeral Home, 2157 Oak Street, Wyandotte, Mi 48192. In State: Saturday, February 17, 2024, 9:30 am. Funeral Mass: Saturday, February 17, 2024, 10:00 am, St. Pius X Catholic Church, 14101 Superior, Southgate, MI 48195. Internment: Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, 18303 Allen Road, Brownstown, MI 48183. The family asks that memorial donations to be made in Mary Ann's name to The Michigan Parkinson's Association or The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

    Sanders, Rayma (Kennedy 1969)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Rayma Sanders. Rayma S. Sanders, 73 of Sarasota, Florida passed away peacefully at her home on February 1st. Born on December 2, 1950 in Martin, Kentucky. She was the wife of Harry Ginsberg; oldest daughter of Billy and Patsy (Johnson) Sanders. She is survived by her husband; sisters: Billie (Joe) Szenderski, Cheryl (Don) Waddell, and Donna (Jim) Laitis; nieces Jaime (Spencer) Stewart, Chelsea (Zack) Babb, Maegan Waddell, and 3 great nephews and 1 great niece. There was never a more devoted aunt or great aunt who has left everyone with lasting memories. Her parents and nephews Matthew and Mark Waddell preceded her in death. Rayma retired from the Troy School System after 31 years. She was a Special Education Teacher and was a Special Education Consultant the last 20 years. She was very proud to be listed in the Who's Who of National School Teachers. Rayma cared deeply for her students and anyone that she felt was disadvantaged, and she gave her time and money no matter if they were family, friends or strangers. She sacrificed so she could give to others. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

    Drazba, Gerard (Truman 1974)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Gerard Drazba. Drazba, Gerard Michael, was born on July 28, 1956 in Detroit, MI to Edwin and Jennie Drazba. Gerard, who resided in Taylor, Michigan, passed away on February 2, 2024 at the age of 67. Dear brother of Peter (Donna) Drazba and Anne (Darin) Greenwell. Proud Uncle of Katelyn, Hannah and Darin Jr. Gerard was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Jennie. Gerard will be deeply missed by family and friends. Information on Gerards' Memorial Mass is forth coming. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Gerard’s guestbook on his tribute wall.

    Ristovski, Loren (Taylor Schools Athletic Director)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Loren Ristovski. Loren Ristovski passed away suddenly at the age of 59 on February 5th, 2024. He was born in Tetovo, Macedonia on March 21st, 1964. He was a beloved husband to Svetlana Ristovski and incredible father to Madison, Haleigh, and Lola Ristovski. He was a loving brother to Dean Ristovski and son to Kostadin and Rada Ristovski. Loren spent his life doing what he loved the most, which was coaching, traveling, running, listening to music, & spending time with his family. Loren was a very generous person and gave back to his community here in Detroit and back home in Siricino, Macedonia. He was loved by so many people, and we will miss him tremendously. Please join us on Thursday, February 8th from 3-8pm for a visitation at E.J Mandziuk & Sons which is located at 3801 18 Mile Rd. Sterling Heights, MI 48314. The church service will take place on February 9th at St. Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Church Ravanica located at 4575 East Outer Dr. Detroit MI, 48324. The service will begin with a 10am in-state and 11am funeral service. The burial will follow at Guardian Angel Cemetery at 4701 N. Rochester Rd. Rochester, MI 48306.

    Zelickman, Samuel (Taylor Center 1971)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Samuel Zelickman. Samuel Bernard Zelickman, age 71, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, died January 29, 2024, with his family by his side. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, on October 27, 1952, to Benjamin and Molly (Wonboy) Zelickman. Sam was a friendly, sociable person with a big heart. He would often help neighbors with their yard work or snow removal. He enjoyed meeting friends for coffee in the morning and sitting at Rotary Park waiting for the freighters to go by. One of his favorite things to do was to attend concerts with his daughter. They shared a connection over their mutual love of music. He loved visiting with his grandson! Sam occasionally liked to go to the local casino. Sam is survived by his loving wife, Claudia; wonderful daughter, Audrey (Eric) Hofbauer; precious grandson, Scott Hofbauer; brother, Edmund (Jacqueline) Zelickman of North Carolina. He also had several nieces and nephews. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Molly Zelickman; sister, Deborah Zelickman Joh. Funeral services will be held at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, 320 East Portage Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783 on February 7, 2024, at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM with Mass starting at 12:00 PM. Sam’s final resting place will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Family Life Funeral Homes is serving the family. Condolences may be left to the family at www.csmulder.com

    Bain, Donnie (Taylor Center 1972)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Donnie Bain. Bain, Donnie W., age 69 of Westland, January 26, 2024. Donnie was the beloved husband of Ruth Bain for 28 wonderful years. Loving father of Jason (Erika), Rose (Joe) and Chrissy (Dave). Loving Papa of Nick (Anna), Kayla (Justin), Hailey, Bryce, Chris, Dominic, Elek and Emma. Great Papa to Colt and Jace. Survived by his siblings, Mike (Deb) Bain, Sandy (Bruce) Demeulemeester, Dennis (Diane) Bain, Penny (Michael) Swinney and Carol (Don) Barnes. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Claudia Bain. Donnie worked for General Motors for 30 years, retiring at the age of 48. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings and friends. Most of his time was spent fishing, hunting, camping and watching Bonanza. He loved playing his guitar and was determined to teach all of the grandchildren how to play. Though, even through hard times, he took his time to focus on the good and make memories with the people he loved most. When he was around, there was never a dull moment. The memories shared will live on with all of us forever.
    Visitation will be Monday, January 29, from 2-8PM. Funeral Service is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30 at 11AM. All services located at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 9800 Telegraph Rd, Taylor MI 48180. Interment to follow at Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery.

    Moore, Dennis (Taylor Center 1962)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Dennis Moore. Moore Sr., Dennis Wayne, was born on September 13, 1944 in Taylor, Michigan to Clyde and Sophie Moore. Dennis, who resided in Taylor, Michigan, passed away on January 18, 2024 at the age of 79. Beloved husband of Maria “Sheny” Moore. Loving father of Dennis(Geraldine Pacamparra) Moore, Theresa (Dave) Walsh, Christine (George) Ferkalo. Loving stepfather of Vincent Duque. Dear brother of Jeanie, Jim, and Glen. Dearest grandfather of Kellie (Nathan), Megan (Scott), Jessica (Brad), Rachel (Collin), Justin, Kyle, and Connor. Loving great-grandfather of Owen and soon to be Baby Karaba. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Sophie Moore, his siblings Shirley, Fran, Robert, Gayle, and Louis, and by his wife Linda Moore. Dennis will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation Monday, January 29, 2024 from 2:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. Funeral service Tuesday 12:00 noon at the funeral home. Interment Our Lady of Hope Cemetery. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Dennis’s guestbook on his tribute wall.

    Kapanowski, Leonard "Mike" (Taylor Center 1973)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends fo Leonard Kapanowski. Leonard Michael Kapanowski, known to his loved ones as Mike, passed away on July 16, 2023, in Wyandotte, MI, at the age of 67. He was born on September 22, 1955, in Detroit, MI. Mike was a kind and caring man, known for his generosity and compassion.
    Mike is survived by his beloved wife Janet Kapanowski, sister, Pamela Boysen, and his nieces Rachel Cline and Lynnette Mousseau, as well as his nephew Jason. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Michael and Lorna Leora Kapanowski. In his free time, Mike enjoyed fishing, bowling, and occasionally playing golf. He had a special love for his hounds, Twinkie and Lizzy, who brought him great joy and companionship. A public visitation was held on Friday, July 21, from 2-8 p.m. at the J.L. Peters Funeral Home, located at 3880 Fort Street, Lincoln Park, MI 48146. The funeral service took place on Saturday, July 22, starting at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Following the service, Mike was laid to rest at Our Lady of Hope on Allen Road in Brownstown Township.
    Contributions can be made to the Henry Ford Hospice or the Michigan Humane Society, organizations that were close to Mike's heart.
    Mike will be dearly missed by all who knew him, and his memory will forever be treasured by his family and friends.

    Boike, Todd (Taylor Center 1990)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Todd Boike. Todd K. Boike, age 51, of Allen Park, January 20, 2024. Loving father of Kole Boike. Dearest son of Joyce Boike. Dear uncle of Joshua (Allie), Allie (Reed), Samantha, Collin (Sarah), Blake and Carson and several great nieces and nephews He is also survived by his siblings Mark (Sara) Boike and Beth (Greg) Henke and his cousins, Sarah and Chris. He is preceded in death by his father Edward A. Boike, Jr. Todd will be taken by Horse-Drawn Carriage into Michigan Memorial Park for interment.
    Visitation: Thursday, January 25, 2024, 2:00 ~ 8:00 PM, Michigan Memorial Funeral Home
    Service: Friday, January 26, 2024, 11:00 AM, Michigan Memorial Funeral Home Capel

    Chisholm, Joseph “Jake” (Taylor Center 1972)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Joseph Chisholm. Joseph David Chisholm departed this life on December 27, 2023, quietly at home. Although he will no longer walk among us in flesh, his memory will live forever in our hearts. He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife: Marjorie, children: Joseph Terrance (Sherri) Chisholm, Councilman Steven Chisholm, Jasmine (Marcus) Doss and Dr. Kelvin Bolar, II, his loving grandchildren, sisters Francis Chisholm and Toni Chisholm, brother Arnett (Debra) Chisholm. brothers-in-law: James (Linda) Parker Sr., Roger Parker, Sidney (Lynn) Dunbar and Michael Parker. sisters-in-law: Pamela Moore, Cynthia (Curtis) Parker, Crystal (Melvin) Lofton, Kim (Eugene) Anderson, Lori (Allen) Davis, and Joy Durham. special cousin Arnett Chisholm, Jr. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

    Browning Bacha, Patricia (Taylor Center 1967)

    We just received an obituary from 2017 for our records and wanted to post for her classmates.
    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Patricia Browning Bacha. Bacha, Patricia Lynn. Age 68, of Gibraltar. August 22, 2017. Beloved wife of Frank for 50 years. Loving mother of Frank Bacha III and Christy (David) Brinkley. Proud nana of Frank IV, Van, Myah, Cameron, Gabriel, Christopher, and Nolan. Dear sister of Clifford Browning (Sonja) and Bevelyn (Jim) Budenski. Preceded in death by her parents French and Willia Browning and her brother Roger Browning. Memorial contributions may be made to Gift of Life

    Cuccaro, Cristina (Kennedy 1976)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Cristina Cuccaro. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Cristina Cuccaro, age 65, of Taylor on December 29, 2023. Beloved wife of Ronald Lukanowski. Dearest sister of Lynn Cuccaro. Loving stepmother of Christopher (Danie) and Danielle Lukanowski. Special human to her fur babies Callie and Cooper. Cristina is also survived by many loving family and friends that will miss her kind heart and fun spirit deeply. Visitation Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 1:00- 5:00 p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 23750 Goddard Road. (313) 291-1800. Funeral service will follow immediately after at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a local dog rescue or animal shelter. Please share memories and leave condolences on Cristina’s guestbook on her tribute wall.

    Hunt Ellis, Wendy (Truman 1978)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Wendy Hunt Ellis. Wendy Jill Ellis, age 63, of Gibraltar, Michigan passed away on Friday, January 5, 2024 at Angela Hospice in Livonia, Michigan. Born on September 16, 1960 in Dearborn, Michigan, she was the daughter of Karl and Ilene (Macie) Hunt. On November 30, 1996 she married Mark Ellis in Trenton, Michigan. She was employed with Masco for almost 30 years, most recently as the Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a perfect wife and mother and would do anything for her family and friends. She was everyone's world, quick to lend a hand when needed. She loved attending sporting events and dance recitals for her grandchildren and nieces, going out for dinner with friends, enjoying concerts and musicals with her daughter/friends and relaxing at home with her husband. She also loved her Hallmark movies, especially at Christmas time. Wendy was preceded in death by her father, Karl Hunt, mother, Ilene Hunt. She is survived by her husband, Mark Ellis, daughter, Lindsay (Brian) Dennis, grandchildren, Madilyn Dennis, Greyson Dennis, sister, Patti Phillips, brother, Kerry (Louise) Hunt. Memorial Visitation will be held at Bobcean Funeral Home, Flat Rock Chapel on January 27, 2024, from 12 pm to 4 pm. A Time of Sharing will be held at Bobcean Funeral Home on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Angela Hospice.

    Wasil, Edward "Eddie" (Kennedy 1969)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Edward Wasil. Edward (Eddie) Wasil, class of 69, passed away on January 10, 2024, the cause was Leukemia. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Laura (Geregosion), his sister Claire Conway, daughter Natalie, son Nickolas and friend of 67 years Gary Duane.
    Eddie will be truly missed by those who loved him.

    Trancygier, Walter "Walt" (Kennedy 1967)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Walter Trancygier. Walter John Trancygier, 74, of Saline, MI, passed away peacefully at home on January 5, 2024 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Lisa Trancygier, children Todd (Kim) Trancygier, Renee (David) Zebron, Cindy Trancygier and Kelly Trancygier, grandson Bradley Trancygier, sisters Ann Trancygier and Rose (Daniel) Crowley, sister-in-law Pamela (Michael) Trancygier, brother-in-law Michael (Geralyn) Brosious and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Mary Trancygier, siblings Michael, Jane, Geralyn and John and nephew Zachary. Walt was passionate about flying and had a decades long career as a corporate pilot flying for Fortune 500 companies. His exemplary career was topped off with special recognition from the FAA. Walt was awarded "The Wright Brothers MASTER PILOT Award" for Fifty Years of Dedicated Service in Aviation Safety. He was, also, an avid train enthusiast and active member of the Blissfield Model Railroad Club. Visitation will be Friday January 12, 2024 from 10:30AM to 11:30AM at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Saline, MI followed by a Memorial Mass at 11:30AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude's Children Hospital.

    Siedlik, Leonard "Lenny" (Taylor Center 1965)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Leonard "Lenny" Siedlik. Leonard Eugene Siedlik of Van Buren Township passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, January 3, 2023. Born to Stanley and Stella (Strauss) Siedlik in Dearborn, Michigan on July 2, 1947. Leonard grew up in Taylor, MI, and graduated from Taylor Center High School in 1965. Leonard served in the United States Army for 2 years at Fort Hood. He then went on to work for Ford Motor Company as a skilled tradesman for 47 years! In Leonard’s earlier years, he enjoyed traveling, camping with his kids, and golfing. He loved hosting parties and cooking Kielbasa and kraut for his family and friends, spending as much time as possible at the cabin in Elbow Lake, caring for his dogs and grand-dogs over the years, making his rounds by checking in on friends and family (occasionally enjoying a cupcake or two), carting around his youngest grandkids for whatever they needed. He especially loved spending his days loving and teasing his Lucy! Leonard is Survived by his Loving partner, Linda Siedlik Colstrom of Van Buren Township, MI, Children; Marcine (Grant) Walter of Novi, MI, Candice (Justin) Beaudrie of Brownstown, MI, Anthony Siedlik of MI. Grandchildren; Richard (Nicole), Braden (Erika), Rhylen Walter, Bryce (Felicity) Love, Devin and Lauren Beaudrie and Ethan Siedlik. Great Grandchildren; Sutton and Collins Walter. Brother Raymond (Karen) Siedlik of Taylor. And innumerable extended family and friends. Leonard is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Judith Duperron. A Visitation for Leonard will be on January 8, 2024, from 11 AM - 1 PM with a 1 PM Funeral Service at the David C. Brown Funeral Home, 460 E. Huron River Dr, Belleville, MI 48111. Please keep the Siedlik family in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

    Prebes Tonge Jones, Janet (Taylor Center 1961)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Janet Prebes Tonge Jones. Janet Marie Jones, 80, of Charlevoix, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. She was born on April 17, 1943, in Wyandotte, MI, the daughter of Leonard and Mary (Haxer) Prebes. Janet worked for the City of Dearborn for over 20 years, with her last position being an Ordinance officer and later fulfilled a similar position for the City of Charlevoix when she moved here permanently in 2009. She was also a regular attendee of mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlevoix. Janet loved her family above all else; she had a zest for life that brought her on many adventures, but she always put them first. Included in her family were her beloved King Charles Cavaliers; Solo (deceased), Sailor, and Sperry. Janet was an avid collector of Petoskey Stones, and could tell you where she picked each one from in her collection. Some of her most favorite time was spent traveling in the motor home to camp in the U.P. with her husband Larry, and she made sure they found a spot overlooking the lake. She would spend hours watching freighters pass by at the Soo Locks as well. She also enjoyed baking, shopping for fashionable clothes, and boating. On May 9, 1986, in Redford, MI, Janet married the love of her life, Larry Jones, who survives. Also surviving are her two children, Mark Tonge of Taylor, MI, and Karen (Tony) Belzak of Livonia; two grandchildren, Courtney Tonge and Kristin Tonge; and three sisters, Margaret Click of Allen Park, MI, Mary Ann Newton of Horton, MI, and Agnes (Glen) Long of Parma, MI as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlevoix. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, at the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or the Father Solanus Guild, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207. Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign her online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com

    Helton, Dorsel “Doc” (Retired Maintenance)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Doc Helton. Dorsel “Doc” passed away December 25, 2023. Celebration of Life for Doc Helton January 6, 2024, 11AM. Freedom Fellowship Pearland, 1201 N Main Street, Pearland, Texas 77581. Donations to the Cancer Society or M.D. Anderson in lieu of flowers!!

    Healy, Emily (Truman High School Algebra Teacher)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Emily Healy. Emily Sigrid Healy, age 83, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 14, 2023. Emily was born on March 8, 1940 in Melvindale, Michigan to Harold and Lenora (Daley) Nolan. During early childhood, the Nolan family moved to Allen Park and later to Dearborn Heights. After graduating from Fordson High School in Dearborn, Emily began taking classes at University of Michigan-Dearborn where she earned a bachelor's degree in education. She began working for the Taylor Public School System where she would remain for the duration of her career. Throughout her life, Emily was deeply committed to learning, education, and enrichment for others as well as herself. While working, Emily earned her first master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and later received a second from Oakland University. At age 52, Emily retired from teaching and relocated to Pensacola, Florida with her son, Frank. They enjoyed the beach and warm weather, however, after a few years they returned to Michigan and settled in Ann Arbor. During retirement, Emily looked forward to traveling, both domestically and internationally. She spent several summers exploring various cities throughout Europe and had a special connection with Italy. In her spare time, she enjoyed music. She played the piano exceptionally well and looked forward to singing with the Out Loud Chorus of Washtenaw County. Emily had an extensive knowledge of show tunes and loved singing along to her favorites from The Sound of Music. Emily was also a true crime fanatic and looked forward to going to various forensic conventions around the country and reading books on this subject. She had a deep love for animals of all kinds: she loved her cats, Shadow and Nora, and looked after outdoor animals like birds and deer at her home. She donated to many causes to help with animal welfare, including the World Wildlife Fund, the ASPCA, the American Humane Society, and the Michigan Humane Society. Emily will be deeply missed by her son, Frank Nolan Healy, her friend, Tracy Endicott, and Janice Morris. She was friendly with everyone she met and had many acquaintances. She was always ready with a winning smile and light conversation, and she treated every person and creature she met with kindness and love. Memorial donations can be made in Emily’s honor to the Huron Valley Humane Society.

    Giraud, Richard (Taylor Center 1975 and retired Utility Director)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Richard “Rick” Giraud. Richard “Rick” Patrick Giraud, age 66, of Taylor, Michigan, passed away on December 27, 2023.
    He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who spent many of his years on the ball field supporting his children. His true passions were bowling and family, but he was a cherished friend of so many. After retiring from the Taylor School District in 2011 he enjoyed camping, trips to the casino, and watching sporting events with his family. He is survived by his children Steven, Kellie (son-in-law Tony), Jessica (son-in-law Ed), Britney (son-in law John), and Muriah. He is also survived by his adored grandchildren Brooke, Jackson, Madelyn, Noah, Adelina, Liam, Lincoln and Nolan, along with his brothers Gary and Cory. Rick is preceded in death by his father George, mother Ramona, and brothers Jack and Allen. He also joins his beloved wife Joyce in death, who passed in 2020.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Wounded Warriors, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home located at 9800 Telegraph Road, Taylor, MI 48180. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Howe Peterson directly followed by interment at Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery in Flat Rock.

    Fox Dreher, Christine (Taylor Center 1965)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Christine Fox Dreher. Dreher, Christine Ann “Chris”, was born on April 21, 1947 in Cheboygan, Michigan to John Jr. and Rosalie (Nee. Fisher) Fox. Chris, who resided in Taylor, Michigan, passed away on December 13, 2023 at the age of 76. Chris is the beloved wife of Raymond D. Dreher. Loving mother of Michelle (Jeremy) Bellows, Mark (Jennifer) Dreher, and Laurie (Billy) Walker. Dear sister of Linda (Pete) Kroska, Jack (the late Kathy) Fox, and Jim (Ann) Fox. Dearest grandmother of Charlie, Ava, Charlotte, Whitney, and Kaylie. Chris was preceded in death by her parents John and Rosalie Fox, step-parents Ron and Donna Lind, and her siblings Ron Lind Jr., Dawn Mulic, and Valerie Kaczor. Chris is also survived by many other loving family and friends. Visitation Sunday, December 17, 2023 from 1:00- 5:00 p.m. at Gilead Church, 16700 Pennsylvania Rd., Southgate, Michigan 48195. In state Monday 10:00 a.m. with an 11:00 a.m. funeral service to follow at Gilead Church. Chris will be laid to rest at Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery. Donations may be made Gilead Church. Please share memories and/or leave condolences on Chris’ guestbook on her tribute wall.

    Murphy, Daniel (Kennedy 2000)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Daniel Murphy. Daniel Joseph Murphy, 42, of Taylor, MI passed away on December 11, 2023. Daniel was born on January 17, 1981 to Joseph Tominac and the late Colleen Murphy. He attended Kennedy High school and graduated in 2000. Daniel loved music and published 2 albums as well as having features in XXL360 sec magazine, the New York Times Sunday magazine and Punk Planet. He was also involved in the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He is survived by his grandfather Charles Murphy, and uncles, James,Murphy, Stefan Franko and John Glenn Jr. He was preceded in death by his mother Colleen Murphy. Daniel J. Murphy aka. Crazy-L, beloved son of Colleen and underground rap legend. His humor, music, loyalty and love touched everyone he met. He passed quietly in his home but is survived by his music.

    Warfield Maxwell, Carol (Taylor Center 1972)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Carol Warfield Maxwell. A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Carol Jean Maxwell, 69, of Jacksonville, was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Pleasant Valley Holiness Church, 2580 Pleasant Valley Road, Jacksonville, AL. Officiating Carol’s service was Rev. Bruce Johnson, Rev. Harold Payne, and Rev. Justin Bufford. Burial will follow in Edgemont Cemetery in Anniston. Preceding Carol in death are her husband, William Maxwell; her parents, Charles L. Warfield and Ruth Haynes Warfield; her brother, Thomas Warfield; and her step-mother, Mary "Patsy" Warfield, who helped Carol's father raise her, after her Mother passed away. Those left to cherish the memory of Carol include her sister, Janice Bufford (Steve); her nephews, Stephen Paul Bufford, Justin Lee Bufford (Kelli), and William Dawson; her nieces, Alexi Maxwell and Kelli Maxwell; one great-nephew, Levi Justin Bufford; and a host of extended family. The Lord dealt with Carol’s heart at a young age. She repented and Jesus saved her. Carol was a devoted Christian, who met her Lord and Savior, face to face, on Saturday, January 14, 2023. She was a pleasant and caring person and enjoyed reading her KJV Bible, books about end-time prophecy and calling friends and relatives. Carol was happy to get pictures of her nephews, whom she dearly loved. She was a wonderful sister, was light-hearted and she enjoyed telling jokes. Carol liked Betty’s Bar-B-Q, Capt’n D’s, Jack’s, and Burger King. She enjoyed spending time with her family as well as enjoying her sister’s family’s cat. Carol will be greatly missed, but it is good beyond words to know that God’s grace is greater than our grief, and there is hope beyond the grave!

    Avery Adams, Cheryl (Taylor Center 1969)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Cheryl Avery Adams. Cheryl, 72 years old, of Roanoke, Indiana, passed away on December 7th, 2023. Cheryl was born on October 2nd, 1951 to parents Wayne and Wanda Avery in Dearborn, Michigan. After Cheryl graduated from Taylor Center High School in 1969, she went on to marry her loving late husband Jim Adams on August 14, 1970. Cheryl and Jim went on to have two children, Sherry (Rob) Swanson and Brian (Theresa) Adams. Proud grandmother to Rob (Leah) Swanson, Gavin (Alexa) Swanson, Kolby (Malik) Wirges, Brian Adams, and James Adams. Proud Gigi to Kopelei, Krew, and Emery. She lived a life full of love for the Lord, her family, and friends. Cheryl had a heart of gold and made a lasting impact on all those around her. She was generous, caring, and so much fun to be around. To know her was to love her. She will be dearly missed. Cheryl’s legacy will be remembered in those she loved. Even after her passing she impacted others by being a donor and saving three lives. Cheryl is forever in our hearts. A celebration of life service will be held both in Southgate, Michigan and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
    Indiana Service: The Chapel, 2505 W Hamilton Rd S, Fort Wayne, IN 46814. Visitation hours 9am-11am and service is at 11am on Saturday December 16th, 2023.
    Michigan Service: The Christ the King Lutheran Church, 16700 Pennsylvania Rd, Southgate, MI 48195, Service hour is 1pm on Sunday December 17th, 2023.
    The family requests donations to be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, a cause she felt strongly about.

    Durfee Fraser, Pamela (Taylor Center 1967)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends condolences to the family and friends of Pamela Durfee Fraser. Pamela Ann Fraser (Durfee), age 74, of Milford, was born September 27, 1949 in Ypsilanti, and passed away December 5, 2023 in Milford. Beloved wife of the late Thomas Craig Fraser Sr. for almost 50 years. Loving and passionate mother of Tommy (Charlene) Fraser, Bonnie (Steve) Saco, Jennie (Jeff) Schrameck , and Katie (Daniel) Yankus. Cherished and beloved grandmother of Emma Fraser, Julia Schrameck, Eli Saco, Ryan Schrameck, Trenton Fraser, Abi Saco, Lauren Schrameck, Colton Fraser, Lidia Yankus, and Josie Yankus. Pam was preceded in death by her brother LeRoy Durfee and her parents LeRoy and Marilyn Durfee. She was the beloved sister of Vicki (Ken) Bloink, Becky (Bob) Hines, Bob Durfee, and Jeff Durfee. Pam was Aunt to many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. She will be deeply missed by her extended family members and friends including her many cherished cousins, faithful and devoted friends from high school, her neighbors who looked after her from her many residences in Michigan, the strangers she became instant friends with everywhere she went including coney islands, boat tours in Frankenmuth, Facebook, check out lines in stores, football and hockey games, and Christmas Show performances for her granddaughters. She was a rare gem, a diamond in the roughest and toughest experiences life brought her way. Yet, Pamela, in all her sorrows, found joy in Jesus, whom she is now forever in His presence and peace. Pam graduated from Taylor Center High School in 1967. She was on court her senior year and participated in the Jr Miss pageants. She was a cheerleader and assisted theatrical productions where she used her talents as an artist painting and making props. She met her husband, Tom, after high school at a Big Boy restaurant where she presumed Tom and their mutual friend, Bob, was “stiffing her” with their dinner bill. She made her disapproval and presence known and the two invited her to join them. Tom and Pam realized they had a mutual math class at WCCC where they made plans for Tom to help her with math. Not long after, they were engaged and soon married in 1970. After starting their family, Pam began using her gifts and talents for her children. She sketched many portraits, caricatures, and watercolors. She once painted a mural of Disney characters (before copyright laws) in the library at Cory Elementary School in Romulus as a young mother of three. Her children were very proud to say their mother painted the mural on library days. She also taught art to her son’s 6th grade class. For her youngest daughter, Pam painted the outside of a playhouse in the backyard of their Trenton house, built by Tom. Uniquely, Pam was left-handed, but taught herself to write with her right-hand. She was a painter with the left and a poet with the right as she wrote many thoughtful letters and cards through the years. Oftentimes, she wowed her family and friends by writing forward and backward at the same time. Many of her letters to her recipients required them to read her treasured sentiments’ reflection in a mirror as they were written backwards. She was active in her community and family. She served as a brownie troop leader, volunteered and assisted many gymnastics meets and invitationals with her artistry and organizational skills. She was a softball, soccer, and basketball mom, a gymnastics, pom, and dance mom, and most notably, a hockey mom. One of her greatest achievements was her assistance with initiating the installation of the American POW/MIA flag in the state of Michigan. Her efforts and advocacy with her POW group helped to start the commemorative flying of these flags around the state and nation. She was the proud daughter of a Marine. Pam supported her husband Tom faithfully through several moves around the state of Michigan and two international moves to Mexico, altogether for a total of 18 moves. While in Mexico, she often visited an orphanage where she would rock and hold the infants, comforting and caring for each of them as her own. In her later years, she became the greatest of roles, caregiver to Tom after his AVM stroke in 2010. She stood by his side faithfully and cared for him until his passing in 2019. Pam spent the remaining four years of her life healing from the downs and rejoicing in the ups of her life with her family, friends, children and grandchildren. She was full of life when she passed away, healed, whole, and prepared for December 5, 2023, when she was welcomed into the presence of her Savior Jesus and rejoicing with Him for eternity. She will be dearly missed. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at Oakpointe Church of Milford, 1250 S. Hill Road, Milford, Michigan 48381. Pam's family will receive visitors on Friday, December 15, 2023, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 3295 E. Highland Road, Highland, Michigan 48356, and again at church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am. Pam passed December 5, 2023. Visitation will be Friday, December 15, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturday December 16, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am. Funeral services for Pam will be Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 11:00 am at Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 3295 E. Highland Rd., Highland Charter Twp. MI.

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