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Beverly Hills, Michigan (MI)

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Carl M Derby
Carl M Derby
Class of 1967
Passed Apr 05, 2007
CARL M. DERBY
57, of Marysville, died April 5, 2007. Survived by his loving wife, Rebecca; his beloved mother, Joyce; daughters, Ann Marie (Robert) Santiago and Lea (Grant) Olson; son, Damian (Josephine) Derby; three grandchildren. Carl adored his children and grandchildren and would go to the ends of the earth for them. He is very proud of each of their successes in their spirituality, family life and careers. He passionately adored every minute he could spend with his Grandchildren. He proudly served his country in Vietnam and was a likely victim of Agent Orange. He is also survived by brothers, Donald (Carol), William (Nanne), Bruce (Sandy), Brian (Kathy), and Kevin (Michelle); sisters, Arlene (Terry) Hagler and Theresa Derby. Burial Riverlawn Cemetery, Marysville. Memorials American Cancer Society.
Published in The Detroit News on Apr. 9, 2007
David Zalesin
David Zalesin
Class of 1991
Passed Jan 05, 2017
(no additional information)
James R (jim) Kozel
James R (Jim) Kozel
Class of 1968
Passed Dec 02, 2012
KOZEL, JAMES R of Waterford Mi; December 2, 2012; at 62 years of age. Loving husband of Carol Hopkins Kozel; lonivg father of Michael Adam (Anne) Kozel, of Milford, Kimberly Marie (Thomas) Shivak of Oxford and Bradley James (Laura Hayden) Kozel of MA; dear brother of Marilyn (Phil) Rossomondo of PA, Pamela (Chris) Nixon of Ortonville; cherished grandfather of Amanda, Austin, Alyson, Abigail, Jack and Zoey. Preceded in death by his parents, James A. and Violet M.; and a sister Donna Tatarchuk. Mr. Kozel was a mechanical engineer for General Motors from 1972 to 2008. He was also employed by RCO Engineering from 2011 to 2012 where he worked onsite at GM. Mr. Kozel was a loyal Spartan fan. Jim loved music, singing and playing guitar. He loved his home, sports and especially his family.
Laura Magnuson
Laura Magnuson
Class of 1972
Passed Oct 02, 1991
Laura married Vern Madeweill in August of 1983. She was a talented graphic designer and worked for HLM Design and then Disney World. She was diagnosed wih lung cancer in May of 1991 and after a short but courageous battle, she passed away in October, the day before her 37th birthday.
Nancy Joan Blair
Nancy Joan Blair
Class of 1964
(Passed date unknown)
Member of NHS, AFS, etc. Attended Albion College, Worked for IBM.
Rita Marie (young) Kresevich
Rita Marie (Young) Kresevich
Class of 1991
Passed Feb 20, 2009
Rita Marie (Young) Kresevich, 37, died unexpectedly at her Atlanta, Michigan, home on Friday, February 20, 2009. She was so loved and many cared about her because of her outgoing personality and her giving nature. At the time of her death Rita was an active member of the Atlanta Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Rita is survived by her loving husband Frank Allen Kresevich, daughter Leah Marie and son Zachary Dylan Kresevich, she was loved and adored by her in-laws Francis Allen & Lorraine Kresevich, her father Bill Young, mother Joan, five sisters: Mona Cole, Kim Latimer-Smith, Tonai Lehr, Phyllis Hayward, and Suzette Young Frost. She was predeceased by her beloved brother Marty Young. She is also survived by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. Rita has been laid to eternal rest at Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills, Michigan.
Roderick (rod) Gilchrist
Roderick (Rod) Gilchrist
Class of 1968
Passed Feb 26, 2009
Roderick (Rod) Allen Gilchrist was born in Detroit, MI on Aug. 3,1950 and passed away peacefully Feb. 26, 2009 following a courageous battle with cancer. Rod received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He began his work in the arts at Shapolsky Gallery and Artists Space in New York, NY; and the New College, San Francisco, CA. He moved to San Francisco in 1994 and helped establish the Portola Family Connections Infrastructure. After devoting several years to the success of Family Connections, Rod accepted the position of Executive Director of the Cartoon Art Museum where he remained for 11 years. His involvement with the museum spurred a subsidy program for small non-profit arts organizations in San Francisco during the dot.com bubble. His innovative art programs for children and youth both at the museum and at community based organizations showed his steadfast commitment to sharing his love of learning through art in whatever form it takes. His commitment to the San Francisco art community will be felt by many generations to come. Rod was knowledgeable, personable and had a keen sense of humor. He was a musician, voracious reader and work traveler. Most of all he was a lover of good friends, good food and great wine. Rod is survived by his beloved sons Andrew and Ryan, his mother Margaret; and his siblings Kim, Kirk, Wendy and his life partner Maryann Fleming.
Sandra Bird Callaghan
Sandra Bird Callaghan
Class of 1974
Passed Jul 30, 2007
Sandra S. Callaghan(Bird) May 30, 1956 - July 30, 2007. Resided in Wixom, MI. Sandra Sue Callaghan, loving wife, daughter, treasured aunt, Godmother, friend and much loved sister. She was born May 30, 1956 to Mary Angela and Robert S. Bird. She was a graduate of Wylie Groves High School and Central Michigan University. Sandra was a dispatcher for DTE Energy and worked there for 17 years. She was instrumental in establishing the union for 250 employees. She received many awards and recognitions during her career. Sandra was fun loving and vibrant with a giving heart and loved her family deeply. A true and loyal friend, she was loved by many. Always ready to help someone or cook a great dish for a party. Sandy's smile could light up a room. She loved music, especially smooth jazz and was a gifted photographer. She enjoyed sewing and cooking but especially loved sporting her 1967 Pontiac Bonneville convertible in the “Dream Cruise” every year. She will be incredibly and deeply missed by all who knew her. Beloved wife of Thomas “Kevin” Callaghan. Dear sister of Susan West (William). Aunt of Valerie Austin, Jacqueline Ondrey and several great nieces and nephews.
Steven Kidd
Steven Kidd
Class of 1972
Passed Sep 16, 2016
Obituary for Steven D. Kidd

Steven David Kidd, 62, of Farmington Hills, died unexpectedly Friday night, Sept.16 after a six year battle with renal cancer. Steve was born April 9,1954, in Richmond, VA, the son of Joseph and Wanda Kidd. Steve is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Cynthia (Luke); his cherished children Garrett and Madeline; his devoted brothers Frank (Janet), Mark and Michael (Marilyn); as well as eight nephews and a great-niece.

Despite his long fight with cancer, Steve never gave up, always keeping a positive eye to the future. His ever-optimistic attitude helped to calm the concerns of his family and friends, and he maintained a good spirit despite any discomfort.

Steve began his career as an Art Director at W.B. Doner in 1977, and was instrumental in creating some of Detroit’s best known TV commercials including spots for Highland Appliance, Sports Authority, Chiquita and Faygo. Perhaps best known is the iconic Detroit Zoo commercial featuring talking zoo animals excitedly getting ready for the gates to open, for which he received a Clio Award. In addition to this honor, he received numerous other awards and recognitions for TV and Print advertising. More importantly, Steve was a mentor to many in the advertising community by guiding and inspiring dozens of young (and old!) art directors at the agencies where he worked.

Steve was trained as an artist and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1976. He had a great appreciation of art, was an enthusiastic music lover, an avid Detroit Tigers fan, loved playing golf, and doted on the family dog Henry and cat Dannie-girl. He enjoyed being outdoors and was active in Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scoutmaster and Committee Member. Although the weather during campouts did not always accommodate, Steve always made the best of it, keeping a confident smile and an encouraging word at the ready. His positive attitude kept the troop’s spirits high, whatever the adverse conditions.

Steve will be missed by all who knew him.

Interned at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan.

Steve’s family thanks you for your kind thoughts and prayer during this difficult time.

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Groves Class of ‘69 50-year reunion

The Wylie E. Groves Class of 1969 reunion will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Palazzo de Bocci in Aub...
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