In Memory

Doris Terpstra (Zell)

Doris Terpstra (Zell)

Northwest Airlines Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport on August 16, 1987, at about 8:46 p.m. EDT (00:46 UTC August 17), killing all six crew members and 148 of its 149 passengers, along with two people on the ground. The sole survivor was a 4-year-old girl, Cecelia Cichan, who sustained serious injuries.

In memory of the victims, a black granite memorial was erected in 1994; it stands (surrounded by blue spruce trees) at the top of the hill at Middlebelt Road and I-94, the site of the crash.The memorial has a dove with a ribbon in its beak reading, "Their spirit still lives on ..."; below it are the names of those who perished in the crash. Another monument to the victims (many of whom were from the Phoenix area) stands next to Phoenix City Hall.

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09/17/19 05:32 PM #1    

Penny Brandt (Knochenhauer)

Doris and her sister were my car pool along with Sandi Davis and Brenda Hanshaw.  You were the reason I went to West High.  We had other high school choices but you went where you had a ride.  And this ride went to West.  You always wore your hair in a flip.  Lots of cruising Central in your baby blue Falcon.  We shared some of the same boy friends.  Hello Gary F.  Miss you girl.  You were one of the nicest people I knew.

09/18/19 10:55 AM #2    

Gary Fasula

Doris was aiways sweet and kind and fun to be with. We dated in High School and went to the prom.                   I remember how she could stand on her tippy toes like a Ballerina. So sad to hear about her passing. We miss you

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