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Naze “The Rock” Hamood (Class of 1964)

Naze “The Rock” Hamood, age 67 of Dearborn, Michigan, passed away Saturday night, April 13, 2013 at his home surrounded in love by his family and friends. Born Aug. 2, 1945 in Lebanon he was the oldest of 7 children. He came to America with his family when he was 5 years old. He was very proud to be an American citizen and thankful for the life that afforded him.  He graduated Fordson High School in 1964.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Vivian Gentry. They raised two wonderful daughters, Anita (Hamood) Ganzak and Lila (Hamood) Chojnacki. He had a great relationship with his sons-in-laws, Bill Ganzak and Art Chojnacki. These unions produced three of the most beautiful, talented granddaughters in the world, Madison Gail Ganzak, Abigial Paige Chojnacki, and Isabel Renee Chojnacki. Their “Giddo” loved them deeply and he was a great hands-on grandfather.  He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Allie Hamood and sister Ceham Hamood.  Survived by sisters Sally (Ali) Hammoud, Ceif (George) Rizk and brothers John (Hala) Hamood and Hassan Hamood and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.  Missing him also are his sisters-in-law Maxine (Howard) Akers, Debbie Gentry and Rhonda Gentry.

Naze was the owner and operator of Naze’s Printing Service in the downriver area for almost 30 years. His customers became his friends and many he embraced as family.  He was liked, loved and respected by all who met him. He took pride in his work and was an excellent businessman. He was a great athlete, excelling in many sports, but his great love was softball. He is well known in the Dearborn area for his talent and accomplishments on the softball field. He was also a great manager and sponsor, leading his teams to several world softball championships. He was still very active up until the time of his illness in 2012. He was inducted into both the Dearborn Recreation Sports Hall of Fame and the City of Dearborn Sports Hall of Fame. His softball buddies were like brothers to him.

Bowling was another sport he mastered, even though he started at a later age than most. He was very proud of his “300” games, only regretting that only one was during league play. He tried his best to participate in the 2012-2013 season, wanting to keep in touch with his teammates and friends in the league. Everything he did, he always gave it his all. Especially in loving and taking care of his family. Always had a joke to tell, always extending his hand to someone and always having a big, loving heart.

Arthur Louis Knoch, Jr (Class of 1947)

Arthur Louis Knoch, Jr of Westland, son of the late Arthur Louis Knoch, Sr. and Ruth Elizabeth (Zimmerman), went to his eternal rest on January 29, 2013. Arthur was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Ruth (Friend). He is survived by his wife Mary Alice (Hart); daughter Kathleen Mary (Nelson) and her husband Jim of Ann Arbor and their two children Andrew and Malia; son David Arthur and his wife Cheryl (McGregor) of Kentucky and their three children Daniel, Shannon, and Brendan; sister Doris Elizabeth (Flowerday) and brother Richard David and his wife Kathy, all of Florida.  Born in Detroit and raised in Dearborn, Michigan, Arthur graduated from Fordson High School in 1947 and went on to retire from Michigan Bell after 47 years of service. As a veteran of the Korean war, he served in both the Marine Corp Reserves and US Air Force. He had fond memories of his time while stationed in Alaska. Arthur wed his lovely wife Mary in 1953. They lived briefly in North Carolina, Dearborn and Wayne, Michigan, before settling in Westland for the last 41 years.  Arthur and Mary were married just 7 months shy of 60 years.  Arthur was a long-time Detroit Tigers fan. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Some of his hobbies included stamp collecting, genealogy, and bowling.  He was also an avid reader of history, with presidential history being a particularly favorite subject of his. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and had many fun vacations with Mary, her sister Claudia (Johnson) and brother-in-law Jerry.

Barbara (Knoch) Ruth

Barbara (Knoch) Ruth graduated with the Fordson High School Class of 1950.

Bertha (Garvey) Formento

Bertha (Garvey) Formento graduated with the Fordson High School Class of 1929.  She passed away during 2007.  Her son, Art Formento, was kind enough to share some photos of her graduation ring which can be viewed by clicking this link to the photo page.

Charles Glenn Bell

Charles Glenn Bell graduated with the Fordson High School Class of 1944. He was born 7/16/1925 and passed away 7/8/2008.  Charles lived in Dothan, AL for the past 32 years. His obituary can be by clicking the Dothan Eagle and searching for 'Charles Bell' on July 11, 2008. Click here to visit his guestbook.

David L. Braun

David L. Braun, class of 1967 passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2008. He would have been 60 on July 17th. He died in Florida and will be buried here at St. Hedwigs in Dearborn Heights. He is survived by his wife, Kathy.

Mayor Michael A. Guido

1954 - 2006: The Dearborn community mourned the loss of Mayor Michael Guido after his valiant fight with pancreatic cancer. His remarkable energy, sense of humor, and dedication to the city were all earmarks of his long history as mayor.  Elected to the City Council at age 23, he later became the city's youngest mayor at age 31 and was sworn in for his sixth term in January, 2006. The mayor never sought to use his position as a stepping stone to higher office. His close friends would tell you that Mike considered the job of mayor of his hometown the best job in the world. Perhaps because of that focus, he earned many awards for his innovations and efforts on behalf of Dearborn, including election as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. His term began in June of 2006.  Michael Guido was a member of the graduation Class of 1972. As mayor, he participated in many Fordson activities throughout the years. To mention just a few, he was present at many Homecoming events; he spoke at National Honor Society Induction Ceremonies; he played the trombone with the Jazz Band. His sense of fun was often evident. He was a remarkable speaker.  We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife, Kari, his sons Michael and Anthony, his parents Emilio and Helen, his sisters, Vickie Skrisson, Laura Guido-Clark and Lisa Guido, and to the friends who held him dear.

Jewel (Julie) Morrison

1939 - 2006: The Fordson community lost a true friend with the passing of Julie Morrison. If there was a need for assistance, you could always count on Julie being among the first to volunteer, even following the graduation of her youngest child.  Not only was she dedicated to FHS, Julie was also a supporter of Henry Ford Elementary School and Woodworth Junior High (now Middle School). That dedication led to her election to the Board of Education, serving all students of the Dearborn Public Schools for a period of nine years. During that time she played a major role in the passing of the bond issue, creating a larger fund balance, and founding the Citizens Task Force. She was active in numerous civic organizations as well.  We extend our sympathy to Bob, Julie's husband, and their children Eric, Adam, Dawn and Nicole. Source: Heritage Newspapers/Press & Guide, "Jewel Morrison, former DPS board member, passes away:, Jason Carmel Davis, 11/22/06

Jon Smuk
The Fordson community was saddened by the sudden death of Mr. Smuk, the assistant wrestling coach for the past 23 years. He was accompanying a wrestler at the state finals when he suffered a fatal hear attack.


Joan Hitchner

Alice Krug

Gertrude (Trudy) Underwood