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"bill" William Howard Bowman
"Bill" William Howard Bowman
Class of 1968
Passed Mar 13, 2022
William Howard Bowman
JANUARY 29, 1950 – MARCH 13, 2022

Harry J Will Funeral Homes
William Howard Bowman “Bill”, also known as “Uncle Billy” was born January 29, 1950 in Dearborn, Michigan to his parents, Howard and Helen. Bill passed away on March 13, 2022 at age 72.
Beloved husband of Michelle Bowman for 42 years. Loving father of Jessalyn Mann and Lindsey (Ryan) O’Connor. Cherished grandfather of Carleigh and Chace Mann and soon to be baby O’Connor. Dear sister of Sandy (Jerry) Cairo and the late Nancy Bowman. Dearest uncle, great uncle and great-great uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Bill attended Maples Elementary & Junior High and then Fordson High School, graduating in Jauary of 1968.
Bill joined the Detroit Police Academy in 1972 where he served on the force until he retired in 1990. He was a jack of all trades and had many titles throughout his life. He worked for the Detroit Yacht Club for numerous years as assistant manager, Interim General Manager, Harbor Master, Head of Security and he was always the “go to guy”. He was also a small business owner of Hobo’s bar in Hamtramck and Deputy Sherriff of Gladwin, Michigan, where he was also Vice President of crime stoppers. This is how he spent most of his “retired years”. He absolutely loved his work and it was a huge part of who he was. Work and family where the most important things to Bill. He loved his family and was incredibly proud of his daughters and grandchildren. He adored being a grandfather. He was happiest at his lake house in Gladwin where he spent a lot of time out on the water on his boat with the people he loved. He was a great story teller and just loved to make people laugh. Bill was the type of person to always be there when you needed him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation, Friday March 18, 2022 from 1PM-8PM with sharing of memories at 7PM at Harry J. Will Funeral Home in Livonia.

Funeral service, Saturday March 19, 2022 at 10:30am also at the funeral home.

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"bill" William Kizoff
"Bill" William Kizoff
Class of 1967
Passed Apr 09, 2020
William George Kizoff Obituary:
August 7, 1949 - April 9, 2020
We are sad to announce that on April 9, 2020 we had to say goodbye to William George Kizoff (Dearborn, Michigan).

He was loved and cherished by many people including : his wife Karen; his son David; his parents, Verka Kizoff and George Kizoff; and his siblings, Dana Poupard and Ted Kizoff.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the family services will be private.
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"bill" William Schudlich
"Bill" William Schudlich
Class of 1957
Passed Sep 19, 2021
William Harold Schudlich
Born October 16, 1939.
Passed on September 19, 2021 of complications from Parkinson's disease. Beloved husband of Barbara for 61 years. Loving father of WIlliam Alan (Terri) and Robert (Lori). Devoted grandfather to Michael, Ryan and Elyse. Dear brother of Linda Nowak (and partner Mike). Caring uncle to many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Harold and Mary, and sister Joanne.
Bill was a professional baseball scout for 54 years, including 23 years with the Detroit Tigers and 23 years with the Cleveland Indians (Guardians). Prior to that, he taught junior high school in Taylor, MI for 23 years. He was a 3 year varsity baseball letterman at Michigan State University, including being honored as team captain and MVP in 1961 and as an All-Big 10 selection in 1960. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1961, but chose a teaching career instead. He was elected to the Dearborn Recreation Hall of Fame in 1991. In his later years, Bill split time between Bradenton, FL and Dearborn, MI.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s Research ( or the MS Society (
"skip" Sikora Jr.  (marvin Edward)
"Skip" Sikora Jr. (Marvin Edward)
Class of 1969
Passed Sep 30, 2012

September 30, 2012. Age 61. Proud father of Jaime Sikora, Jennifer (Rob) Barnes and Michael Sikora. Beloved son of Marvin Edward and Angeline Mary Sikora. Loving "Grandpa Skip" to Jaidyn Sikora White, Matthew Barnes and Aubrey Barnes. Dearest brother of Debbie (Lyn) Yeager, Denise (Steve) Peleshok and Michelle (Robert) Kleismit. Dear fiancée of Cheryl Zajac. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. There will be a Mass in his honor held Sunday, October 7th 11:00 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church, 5275 Kenilworth, Dearborn. Donation may be made to Angela Hospice, Livonia.
(nick) Nicholas Alexander Volakakis
(Nick) Nicholas Alexander Volakakis
Class of 1969
Passed Jun 07, 1979
Nick passed away in Dearborn, Michigan. Married with one son. Nick was a dedicated police officer. He was a great guy and a very good friend! He is greatly missed. Nick is interred at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Hts, Michigan.
Albert Peshkopia
Albert Peshkopia
Class of 1971
Passed Mar 01, 2012
Proud of his Albanian heritage. Grew up near Warren Avenue and Miller Roads. Graduated from Fordson in 1971.
PESHKOPIA ALBERT March 1, 2012. Age 58. Dear father of Susie Caulfield Peshkopia. Grandfather of Alexandria Caulfield. Brother of Hektor (Judy), Rose Karagjozi (Agim), and the late Tako (Nancy Robinson) and Mary King (Dennis). Uncle of eight, great-uncle of nine. Also survived by the mother of his daughter, Susan Campbell Napoli, his cousin Alma Koprencka (Edward) and their family, and his childhood friend Kim Bart. Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward, (between 13-14 Mile), Saturday (today) 10:30 a.m. until Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. View obituary and share memories at
From The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press
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Anthony "tony" Polidori
Anthony "Tony" Polidori
Class of 1956
Passed Sep 23, 2022
Anthony “Tony” Polidori
Anthony “Tony” Polidori, of Northville, passed away on September 23rd, 2022 at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Francene for 61 years. Proud father of Leonard (Wendy) Polidori, Donald (Terri) Polidori, and Linda (David) Olshansky. Loving grandpa to Tony Olshansky, Ben Olshansky, and Marlaina Polidori. Son of the late Dominic and Nellie Polidori, and brother to Ray (Kathy) Polidori and the late Leonard Polidori and Gino (Betty) Polidori, and was also survived by a nephew and four nieces. He was a long-time Dearborn resident, an alumni of Fordson High School and Eastern Michigan University, and was a proud educator and administrator in the Dearborn Public Schools.
Bill Muscara
Bill Muscara
Class of 1967
Passed May 17, 2018
Bill Lived in Hemet, Ca. He attended Maples & Fordson.
Bonnie Rice
Bonnie Rice
Class of 1961
Passed Jul 09, 2004
(no additional information)
Brenda (kemp) Hoffman
Brenda (Kemp) Hoffman
Class of 1968
Passed Dec 07, 2018
Brenda had been in ill health for a while. She was in and out of hospitals, mostly in, since late August. She just stopped breathing & had a DNR. She is survived by her husband & two grown sons & her brother, John Kemp (FHS '68).
Carl Ralls
Carl Ralls
(Graduation year unknown)
Passed Nov 01, 2021
(no additional information)
Cathy Nihill-koterba
Cathy Nihill-Koterba
Class of 1968
Passed May 10, 2007
November 2, 1950 - May 10, 2007
Age 56. Cathy died at 1:55 a.m. after her 230 day battle with Leukemia at the Hospital at U of M. Survived by husband Tony of 17 years; sons Anthony and Andrew; parents

Robert and Aldene Nihill; Mother-in-Law Helen Koterba; sisters Lynn Georgiadis (Jim), Barbara Shea; Sisters-in- Law Sr.

Rebecca Koterba RSM/MD, Mary Ann Estigoy (Mike), Barb Dobric (Mike); nieces Gretchen Georgiadis, Heidi Williams

(Harrison), Kelly Neal (Jay), Veronica Estigoy, Tara Dobric; nephews Michael Shea (Chris), Johnny Dobric; great nieces

Katherine Williams, Peyton and Presley Neal; great nephews John Henry Williams, Brendan, Colin and Ryan Shea. She

belonged to many organizations - Resurrection Parish, All Saints Catholic School booster Club, St. Mary's Prep Moms and Dads

Club, Western Golf and CC, U of D Cal Club Education- Our Lady of Grace, Fordson HS and Henry Ford CC Career- American

Airlines Flight Attendant (27 years), Mother Passions- Family, water color painting, golf, yoga and furniture refinishing. Cathy's funeral service will be on Monday; In state at 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Mass at Resurrection Catholic Church, 48755 Warren Canton, (West of Beck). Visitation

Saturday and Sunday 2-9 p.m. with Rosary at 4 p.m. on Sunday at our Canton location, 45100 Warren (West of Sheldon). Turowski Funeral Home
Charles E. "coach" Jestice
Passed Sep 18, 2013
JESTICE CHARLES E. "COACH" age 78, of Dearborn, passed away September 18, 2013. Beloved husband of Clarice. Loving father of Julie (Marty) Games, John (Kim) Jestice, Janet (Tony) Fyock, and Jodi (Corey) Wertz. Loving step-father of Karen (Steve) Hill, Kim (John) Jestice, and Kelly (David) Fry. Dear grandfather of Andrew (Ashleigh) Davis, Brittany Jestice (Joel) Axner, Mitch (Mai) Jestice, Devin, Margot and Amelia Games, Thomas and Kevin Fyock, Kristen, Sheldon, Shawn, and Shane Wertz, and Ben, Libby, and Jack Fry. Great-grandfather of four: Ashton Cramer, Anamarie Games, Tobin Axner, and Michael Davis. Mr. Jestice is also survived by two sisters, one brother, one niece and five nephews. Funeral Service Monday 11:00 a.m. at Cherry Hill Baptist Church, 1045 N. Gulley, Dearborn Heights. Gathering at church Monday 10:00 a.m. Visitation Saturday and Sunday 2-8 p.m. at the Dearborn Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 22546 Michigan Ave. Interment Northview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association.
Published in The Detroit News on Sept. 19, 2013
Charles Skinner
Charles Skinner
Class of 1968
Passed May 05, 2012
SKINNER, CHARLES T. May 5, 2012. Beloved husband of Betty. Loving father of Anna and Tommy. Family will receive friends Tuesday 1-8 pm at Stanley Turowski Funeral Home 25509 West Warren, Dearborn Heights.
Funeral Wednesday 10:30 am sharp at the east end of the Detroit Riverwalk (Parking will be available at 7600 E. Jefferson Rd., Detroit). Family ask to PLEASE consider being an organ donor.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorial Donations be made to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (

or to Gift of Life (

In the words of Len Bokuniewicz:

We lost a Runyonesque character and the third star of our family vacations.

My brother-in-law, Charlie Skinner, always said that if he could pick a time in which to live it would have been during the Roaring Twenties. He’d have driven a Duesenberg, worn a fedora and hung with the cats in the jazz clubs of downtown Detroit. Prohibition? I know exactly what Charlie would have said about the prospect of making bathtub gin at home in the basement, “I’d a been right there, baby.”

He was, after all, the son of a bar tender who became a bartender himself, working the likes of the Bull Market in Detroit’s financial district and the Soup Kitchen Saloon in its warehouse district, before opening his own watering hole, the Silverdust Saloon, where he made a killing off the iron workers who stormed the joint during their lunch time breaks while erecting the infrastructure for GM’s controversial Poletown Plant during the early ’80s. “Shoot ‘em up, Charlie,” one of the regulars used to say. And so he did.

The Chuckster loved a good story, and, hoo boy, could he ever tell one. With color and imagery and gusto and more damn sincerity than just about anyone I ever knew. Which is why he was able to go on to become one of AAA’s top-producing life insurance salesmen before his liver started showing signs of wear and tear a few years ago. Charlie never “sold” a policy. He explained “why you need to do this for your family.”

Speaking of stories, everybody has one about ol’ Charlie: How the nuns at St. Al’s met with his parents to suggest that their son would probably do better at Fordson, the public school down the street. How he broke his leg the first time he tried parachuting out of an airplane. Or how he adventured around the globe by himself before settling down (well, sort of) with my sister Betty and raising two fabulous kids who embody all the ideals he espoused and who exhibit the drive and the discipline that he found difficult to muster.

Our boy Charlie wasn’t much for rules. He abhorred convention. And he often bristled at the hypocrisy he perceived in those who attended church on Sunday yet discriminated against people of color every other day of the week or failed to share in the wealth they accumulated. And he practiced what he preached. He would always pull money out of his pocket for the panhandlers he encountered in the Motor City he loved to explore, and I would say to him, “Charlie, the guy’s a hustler—he’s scammin’ you, man.” And he would inevitably say to me, “Aw, you never know, Leonard. What’s a couple of bucks? The guy might really need it.” He even took in a homeless person once for three days.

That was Charlie Skinner. He fed the hungry. He clothed the poor.

Charlie was an only child who loved the concept of family more than anything else. That’s why, after his mother and father died, he so embraced mine. The best times I ever spent with him were on the extended family vacations 18 or 20 of us—my Mom and Dad, brothers and sisters, my kids and all the cousins—took to such places as the sprawling Frank-Lloyd-Wright-type mansion that Domino’s Pizza magnate Tom Monaghan built on Drummond Island (Charlie’s idea because he thought we should “go big”) or the collection of modest little cottages we rented on the shore of Lake Huron in Harrisville.

We lost my Dad, the star of those shows, a few years back. Then we lost my Mom, our leading lady, a couple of years later. Last Saturday, we lost one of the greatest character actors of all time, the one and only Charlie Skinner.
Colleen Chesney
Colleen Chesney
Class of 1968
Passed Nov 30, 2016
(no additional information)
Constance Jeannette Price
Passed Jan 22, 2015
Constance's Obituary
CONSTANCE JEANNETTE PRICE, age 82 years, a former resident of Tucker Co., and a resident of Dearborn, MI, departed this life January 22, 2015 at Oakwood Skilled Nursing at Dearborn, MI. She was born Thursday, January 19, 1933 at Detroit, MI, a daughter of the late Walter Earl and Mary Higgs Price. She had never married. Surviving are her niece Annette Matera and dear friend Susan. She is the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by her sister Lucretia W. Price. She was a typing and English teacher at Maples Junior High School, Dearborn Public Schools, in Michigan, with thirty five years of service. She also assisted with school plays. The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. On Saturday, January 31, 2015, Miss Price will be moved to the Parsons City Cemetery, where graveside services will take place at 2 PM. The Rev. Philip Dent will officiate and interment will follow.
Cynthia Caroline Cook
Cynthia Caroline Cook
Class of 1968
Passed Mar 24, 2016
Cook, Cynthia Caroline 8/9/1950 - 3/24/2016 Ann Arbor Cook, Cynthia (Cyndi) Caroline: (age 65) as a result of Early Onset Alzheimer's. Born to Caroline and Warren Cook in Dearborn, Michigan, graduated from Fordson High School and the University of Michigan where she earned a Master of Social Work and a specialty in geriatrics. Cyndi worked at a variety of local hospitals including Herrick, Chelsea, University of Michigan and St. Joseph Senior Health. Cyndi was an Advanced Master Gardener and promoted adaptive gardening methods to allow gardeners with physical limitations to keep their fingers in the soil. She loved it when passers-by stopped at her home garden to talk gardening. Cyndi grew organic vegetables for The Back Door Food Pantry. She enjoyed singing and was a long time member of the Kol Halev Choir at Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor. A high point in her singing career was to tour with the choir in Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Argentina. Cyndi was ever the advocate for peace and social justice and her car always sported a bumper sticker. She is survived by her husband Gregory Fox, children Amy Shelle and Chris Martin, granddaughter Brianna Shelle, mother and step father Caroline and Tom Bodenmiller, sisters Debbie Seven, Molly VanZile and Nancy Foxx Billman and mother-in-law Esther R. Rubin. A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard, Ann Arbor, 48104. Bring memories to share.
David A. Nuznov
David A. Nuznov
Class of 1970
Passed Aug 31, 2015
NUZNOV DAVID A. August 31, 2015. Father of Matthew Allen. Dear brother of Mark (Patricia) and Marcia (Robert) Evans. Family will receive friends Friday from 1-8 p.m. at Stanley Turowski Funeral Home, 25509 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights. David was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Funeral Service Saturday 10 am at the funeral home. Share condolences at :
David Nalepa
David Nalepa
Class of 1968
Passed Aug 11, 1975
David Nalepa (1950 - 1975) was born on June 18, 1950. He was born into the Nalepa family.

He died in August 1975 at 25 years old.
Dennis Arkebauer
Dennis Arkebauer
Class of 1969
Passed Feb 14, 2017
Dennis Paul Arkebauer, 66, passed away February 14, 2017. He was born December 11, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan and resided in Middleburg, Florida. Mr. Arkebauer was Retired US Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer, serving from March, 1970 to July, 1993. Dennis loved his time in the Navy and also continued his career, working on aircraft as an Airframes and Power Plants Mechanic after retiring from the Navy. Mr. Arkebauer was the son of Sadie and Robert Arkebauer Sr., brother of Robert Arkebauer Jr., father of three daughters; Yvette, Misty and Kimberly and grandfather of eight grandchildren; Rachel, Alyssia, Robert, Orion, Benjamin, Sadie, Indi and Ella. Dennis was a true family man who loved all three of his daughters and adored all his grandchildren.
A good man and a true friend

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