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The following biographies are taken from the 50th reunion celebration book in 2006

Nancy Awrey Noel
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I married Don Noel in November 1956.
We have three children, two boys and a girl. They have presented us with six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Don went into the USAF right out of school.  He was stationed in Newfoundland and Abilene, Texs. After his discharge from the Air Force in 1961, we moved back to West Branch where I worked for my father and he worked for his father.
In 1964 we opened Don and Nancy's Grill and Donut Shop in West Branch.
Eventually, Don got hired at American Hoist and Derrick in Bay City and we moved there.  I worked as assistant chef at the Bay City Country Club and from there I went to the Germania Club as head chef for three years. After that, I worked for Ponderosa of Greater Flint as Executive Manager at the Pierson Road Ponderosa.
When American Hoist and Derrick closed, Don had worked there 18 years and was Plant Engineer. 
At that time, I had an opportunity for promotion to District Supervisor over the Florida stores so we moved to Ft. Lauderdale and Don did all the maintenance at the nine stores.
I retired in 1989 and we moved to Oak Hill, Florida where we have an RV on the inter-coastal waterway.
In November of 2006 we will be happily married for 50 years.

Nancy and Don Noel
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Bob Bachelder
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After graduation I attended Junior College in Bay City, then enlisted in the Army for three years, most of which I spent in Germany.
In 1961 I married JoAnn Langley and we have two children; Joe, married with two daughters, and Karen, married with no children.
I worked at General Motors plant in Bay City and retired in 1992 after 29 years.
JoAnn has a weaving studio in Bay City and she taught weaving for over 15 years at the Midland Center for the Arts.  She was selected to make a Christmas ornament for the White HOuse Christmas Tree while President Clinton was in office.  She made a snowman.
I enjoy fishing and deer hunting and we do some traveling.

Bob and JoAnn Bachelder
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Sybella Boddy Andujar
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After graduation, I went to work for Michigan Bell Telephone Company and worked there for nine years.
I married Juan Antonio Andujar and we had one child, Sybella Joan.
We bought a store and I worked both jobs for two years and after four years we sold the store and bought two race horses. (Runners)
We had them for about 2 years.
Then I went to work for Chrysler Corporation and worked there for 30 years.
In the meantime, my daughter got a chance for college so I told her I would go too. I received an Associates Degree in Management.
I enjoy bingo, crocheting, reading and play games on the computer.
I retired from Chrysler in 1997 because of ill health. In 1995, I had cervical cancer and in 2001, I had congestive heart failure and was in the hospital five months...during which time I had two more heart attacks.  I also have diabetes and asthma and have a tracheostomy to breath and am on oxygen all the time. Consequently, I don't get out much.

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Mona Barnum Wenzel
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Shortly after graduation I went to Ann Arbor to work at the U of M where I met Anthony Wenzel from Brighton Michigan.
On August 1, 1959, we were married at St. Joseph Church in West Branch.  In 1963 our daughter Monica Jean was born. She is married and has two daughters.
In 1966, we adopted a baby boy, Brian Keith. He is married and has two boys.
In 1971 we adopted a baby girl, Martha Lynn. She is married and has one son.
We lived in Brighton, Michigan while raising the children.
I was Township Clerk for 10 years and worked as a bookkeeper various places.  We were foster parents for babies, children and unwed mothers.  Our family was always active and enjoyed camping for many years.  I always said I love to rought it with hot and cold running water. We had a trailer; I was not for tents.  I had to sleep in a tent at Girl Scout Camp with my daughter and that was enough to last a lifetime.
In September of 1984, while camping, my husband Tony had a heart attack and died.
Five years ago I retired from Acme Glass in Ypsilanti, sold my house in Brighton and moved to Florida.
Presently, I am a volunteer at the hospital birthplace, treasurer of the hospital auxiliary and treasurer of the condo association.  I am active in the 50+ at church and the craft group. I belong to the Red Hat Society.
I survived Hurricane Wilma. It was scary.
This is the first time in 45 years Naples has received a direct hit. It was quite an experience, which I hope never to repeat.
There have been bumps in the road, but all-in-all, life has been good.

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Carol Breadon Piar..
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After graduation, I married and had nine children
Some of the jobs I have held were for the telephone company, unemploymnet office and as layaway manager for K-Mart.
I have also taken a few college classes.
I am now enjoying my grandchildren, reading, estate sales, and traveling.

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Thomas Brindley..
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After graduation, I continued to work with my Dad on our family farm where I was born and raised.
In June, 1959, I married the former Jean Hagelstein and we had five children between 1960 and 1969.
From 1961 to 1963, I worked for the Ogemaw County Road Commission. From 1963 to 1996, I worked for the City of West Branch. 
I  retired as City Superintendent for the Department of Public Works in January of 1996.
 
Since retirement, I have continued to farm on a small scale, help build new houses, tool sheds and garages.
In my spare time, I do carpentry work at home and enjoy being Grandpa to nine grandchildren.

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Betty Burkett Peacock..
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After graduation, I worked at the West Branch Savings Bank and have been banking ever since.
I am still working part-time at a bank in West Memphis, Arkansas.
I married in 1957 and have three children; two boys and a girl, as well as a step-son.
I have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
I re-married my husband, Raymond, in 1974.
Faith has carried me through life's many ups and downs.
I had a heart attack in 1989, and I am thankful to be alive today.

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Jeanie Burns Rice..
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I am retired and live in the Rose City area in the summer, and travel in our motor home (The Lucky Lady) in the winter.
I attended business college and worked in the law enforcement field for many years as a court reporter and legal secretary.
I have raised three children (who are scattered across the country..and a husband of 44 years (I'm still raising him)..five grandchildren, three of whom are in college and two in elementary school.
Life has been good to me.
I have been blessed with a wonderful husband (David), a great family and good friends.
What more is there?

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