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12/11/2012 Notice of Passing:We regret to announce the passing of Bill Brown, Class of '69. Bill passed on Saturday, December 8, 2012. No other info at this time.
12/9/2012 Reunion Cruise: CHHS REUNION CRUISE open to everyone. Hoping the classes of the 60's & early 70's come aboard for 7 days of cruising the Western Caribbean, Sun/2/24--Sun/3/3/13. If you need info call (734-40-6987) or email ( Cathy Vagi Flavin (1968).
12/1/2012 Notice of Passing: We regret to announce the passing of Joseph Kaleno, Class of '69. Joe passed on Friday, November 30, 2012. There will be a Memorial on December 14, 2012 at the VFW in Westland, located at 1055 S. Wayne Road - 7:00 pm. For further information contact Cathy Vagi-Flavin at 734-788-9054.
10/24/2012 This note from Catherine Garcia-McDonnell '66 "Dear Friends and Classmates,
THE WALL THAT HEALS--Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall (half-scale replica) comes to Dearborn
Opening Ceremony October 25 around the clock viewing until October 29, 2012
On Saturday, October 27, 2012, my husband Ed and I will be volunteers at the Moving Wall from noon until 3, I will then call out the names of the men who were killed in action in Vietnam from Inkster (including Joey Servantez (66) and Jim Davis). It is a powerful experience. Hope you will join us.
Sincerely, Catherine"
9/26/2012 This note from Darren Cameron '85"I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear that Narvette passed away. I saw her name on this website and I was planning on sending her a message to say hello. I feel so bad for not contacting her. My heart goes out to her family and friends."
9/24/2012 We regret to announce the passing of Narvette Caldwell-McCoy, Class of '85. She passed away Sept 2012, losing her battle with esophagus cancer. She leaves behind her husband Walter and her 5 year old daughter Elise. Services for Narvette Caldwell-McCoy are as follows: Viewing will be on Friday, September 28, 2012, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at McFall Brothers Funeral Home, located at 9419 Dexter, Detroit, 48206. Home Going Service will be on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Dunamis Outreach Ministries, located at 13220 Greenfield, Detroit 48227. Family Hour 10:00am – 11:00 am, will include remarks starting at 10:15am – 11:00am (remarks should not exceed 2 minutes). Home Going Service will start promptly at 11:00am.
8/13/2012 We regret to announce the passing of James Sheridan, Class of '79. Jim was one of several siblings who attended Cherry Hill High School. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Sheridan family.
Sheridan, James Phillip age 50, August 12, 2012, of Inkster. Beloved husband of Megan. Loving father of Victoria M., Phillip J. and Paige A. Dear brother of John (Mary) Sheridan, Christine Sheridan, Stephen Sheridan, Paul (Donna) Sheridan, Sandra (Gary) Tinnes, Suzanne (Rick) Thompson, Charles (Lilian) Sheridan and William H. (the late Rebecca) Sheridan. Also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation Wednesday 2-9 PM at Vermeulen Funeral Home, 980 North Newburgh Road (between Ford Road & Cherry Hill) Westland. In state Thursday 10 AM until 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Thomas a’Becket Catholic Church, 555 S. Lilley Road (corner of Cherry Hill) Canton. Interment Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. Memorials may be made to the family.
8/1/2012 We regret to announce the passing Mark Barill, Class of '78. The following letter is from his sister, Sheryl Barill-Ancone '73
Click HERE to read Marks final message.

Dear family and friends,
I want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers during my brother’s illness; and now, his passing. Mark was an amazing man with many gifts, but his greatest gift was his ability to show love; pure and simple. When Mark was diagnosed with untreatable, terminal cancer, about seven months ago, he accepted the news with courage and deep faith. He never asked “Why me?” but counted his blessings and made it his mission to continue to create happy memories with his family, as well as make sure that his family would be taken care of after his passing. He looked at the time he had left as one of his many blessings. He felt that most people do not get a forewarning of their time’s end and this information gave him the opportunity to not only “take care of business” but he had the privilege of learning how much he meant to so many people. He was in awe of the outpouring of love he received from those whose lives he had touched. Mark was not a man who was afraid of showing heartfelt emotions, so he was truly grateful that he had some time to express his love to many individuals who had touched his life so deeply, as well.

Mark was my “little” brother, but I looked up to him. Not just because he was 6ft. 3in., but because of what he had done with his life. He worked hard to be the best at whatever he undertook. In his career with the federal government, he worked his way up from being a prison guard to a position just a step or two below the warden in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was so loved and respected in his career that his branch of the FOB closed down on the day of his funeral. Although having a large bank account was never one of Mark’s goals, it was important to him to earn enough to provide a comfortable life for his family, as well as permit the love of his life, Becky, to stay at home to raise their four beautiful daughters. He achieved this goal, very successfully, while simultaneously saving for their future and an early retirement, which he attained at the age of 50, almost exactly 2 years prior to his passing. Although Mark considered himself an introvert, he hid it well.

In his early years, this trait was evident. Being 5 years behind me in high school, he followed my advice by taking a speech class to meet his English requirements. I remember receiving a disapproving call from him exclaiming, “Why didn’t you tell me I was going to have to get up in front of the class and give speeches?” In his later years, he explained to me that throughout his adult life he recognized that the extroverts were the people who we having all the fun. Well, if you knew Mark, you know he loved to have fun, so he pushed himself outside of his comfort zone, consequently amassing scores of friends.

There are no words to express how much I will truly miss my brother, Mark. His loss is not yet real to me. I cannot wrap my mind around the reality that I may not see him, hug him or have a conversation with him again for, possibly, 30 years. He was my brother, friend and confidante. He was able to listen with compassion and love, give advice with honesty and wisdom, and share joys and sorrows with sincerity.

During his final days, he shared with me the two most painful truths about his premature passing. One was leaving his family. He was distressed by void they would feel, especially his wife, Becky. After 32 years, they were still passionately in love with each other. His second sadness was that his grandchildren would not remember him or get a chance to know the man that he was. As a family, we are committed to keeping his memory alive, so that his grandchildren, born and unborn, will know the Mark that we loved. Mark’s family will be compiling a book of “Mark” stories. All stories; serious, funny, touching or even naughty, are welcome. If you have a story to share, please email Mark’s family at

In closing, Mark wrote a final message that he asked a dear friendshare at his funeral. In it he talks of his many blessings and his belief in attaining Heaven by Grace from God, which is a Gift. I have attached a copy of his message to this email for those of you who care to read it and please share it with anyone who you think would be inspired by his words.

Sheryl Ancone
803-343-2915 ext. 3110 (Logan Elem.)
803-397-8594 (cell)
7/31/2012 This note from Susan Swayze-Collins '66 "I recently moved to Laguna Hills, CA to be nearer my daughter who is in LA working as a TV Producer. She just had a baby, Rocco, who is my first grandchild. She is completing a doctorate in media psychology. I have a 15 year old son, Diego, who will start 9th grade here. He is a talented athlete (football). I enjoyed a career in education as a special education teacher, principal and Central Office administrator. Completed my doctorate along the way. My brother, Walter Swayze (63) lives in Marilyn on Chesapeake Bay. His son, Reid, an attorney for the National Department of Commerce/ Homeland Security. I completed writing a book "Adopting Diego: A Boy's Journey". Available on Xlibris, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobles. My best to all CHHS alumni students and faculty."
6/12/2012 This note from Reanetta Lewis-Nix '80 "Just like to keep up with class reunion, and passing of classmate. Could someone please find me a 1980 year book. my book was lost in a basement flood."
6/1/2012 Notice of Passing: We regret to announce the passing of Julie Mead-Holmblade, Class of '86. Julie passed on May 27, 2012.
OBIT: Julie A Borden-Holmblade
Julie A. Borden-Holmblade Age 44 Loving mother of Kristina (James) Veazey, Naythan Borden and Nicholas Borden. Sister of Danny (Debbie) Mead. Aunt of Lindsay and Craig. Daughter of Clara and the late George Mead. Visitation Friday 2-9pm. Funeral service Saturday 10am at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 Inkster Rd., Garden City (Between Ford Rd. & Cherry Hill) Memorials suggested to the family.
Please check the website for Santeiu & Son's Fumeral Home at for more information.
5/11/2012 Notice of Passing: We regret to announce the passing of Todd Brooks, Class of 79. This message from Lynn Lilla-Link '79 "Memorial service for Mr. Todd Brooks Saturday May 12, 2012 Visitation will be held from 12:30 - 1:30; Followed by a memorial service at the Brighton Nazarene Church, 7669 Brighton Rd, Brighton MI 48116"
4/9/2012 Notice of Passing:We regret to announce the passing of Doreen Stover, Class of '84. Services for Doreen will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1317 7th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060 on Saturday, APRIL 14th at 11:00 am. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends.