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Claremarie Blakely Mier

Wanda Borntrager Baldwin

Robert Barnum

George Baldwin

Benny Brewer

Wayne Baird

Harvey Bennett

Audrey Barber Wenzel

Floreda Best Cummings

Mary Couture Correveau

Eldryde Christopherson Vittitow

Betty Curtis Coleman

Wallace Crawford

Louis David

Carl Dunn

Gwendolyn Dobie Reed

John Dunbar

Geneva Gallaher Schafsnitz

Donna Grieves Green

Doris Goldy Klug

Wanda Wirges Herman Schaeffer

Ray Hayes

Renal Hook

Vivian Larsen Laurent

Wayne Leach

Shirley LeDuc Clough

Dean Larsen

MaryEllen McKenney

Louise Migan Benson

Daphne Morrison Fritz

Grace Norton Griersback

Glenn Ritchey

Billl Renwick

Arlie Ross Parliament

Evelyn Ranney White

Bernice Sullivan Banghart

Connie Sarros Noirot

Walter Sergent

Doris Sanford

Lillian Twining Selmes

Geraldine Trout Chrivia

Abner Valley

Norma Wiltse Davis

Berdella Withey Landin

Ethel White Dunn

Jean Zettel Vanest

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Audrey J. Wenzel


Birth: August 24th, 1929
Death: April 28th, 2013
Age: 83 years
Residence:Saginaw MI
College:Saginaw General Hospital School of Nursing -
Degree:RN
Affiliations: Ascension Lutheran Church Saginaw General Hospital

 
Wenzel, Audrey J.
Saginaw, Michigan
            Beloved mother and grandmother passed away late Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the Cartwright Care Center. Age 83 years.
            Audrey Jean Barber was born August 24, 1929, in Rose City, Michigan, the daughter of the late Clyde and Neva (Slater) Barber. She graduated from West Branch High School and later graduated from the Saginaw General Hospital School of Nursing. She had been employed by Saginaw General Hospital as Assistant Director of Nursing. She married Charles H. Wenzel on June 23, 1951; he predeceased her March 14, 2008. Mr. and Mrs. Wenzel were founding members of Ascension Lutheran Church. Mrs. Wenzel was an avid reader and also enjoyed spending time at the cottage at Houghton Lake and spending time with her grandchildren.
            Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy and Sue Wenzel, Frankenmuth, and Scott and Mary Wenzel, Saginaw; six grandchildren, Katie, Molly, Charlie, Michael, David and Matthew; several nieces, nephews and their families. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a son, David Wenzel, and by a sister, Maxine Wangler.
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Obituary for John H. Resteiner

John H. Resteiner, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at McLaren Bay Region in Bay City, MI. He had lived in West Branch for most of his life. He was born to Herbert and Agnes (Thiner) Resteiner on April 17, 1927 in Omer, MI. John was in the Navy serving during WWII, and was Veteran of the Year in 2014 for Ogemaw County. He was a member of the VFW Post #3775 in West Branch, Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church, and very involved with the West Branch Kiwanis Club, especially the Kids Club Program. John was the owner and operator of Resteiner Oil Company and Bunting Sand and Gravel. John also loved to travel in his motorhome with his wife Sadie.

John is survived by his children, Cathy (Pat) Winter of Bay City, MI and Robert (Debra) Resteiner of West Branch, MI; grandchildren, Carey (Amy) Winter of Saginaw, MI and Ethan (Erin) Resteiner of West Branch, MI; and great grandchildren, Chase and Anna Winter. He is preceded in death by his wife, Sadie in 2004, and brothers, Walter and Harold Resteiner.

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. Burial with Veteran Honors will be at Brookside Cemetery. Pastor David Kurtz will officiate.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Ogemaw Kids Club.

UNKNOWN ADDRESSES
 

Louise M. Migan Benson
Betty Curtis Coleman
 
 



DECEASED CLASSMATES

Bill Renwick
(August 10, 2014)
 
Eldryde Christopherson Vittitow
(2/26/14)
 
George Baldwin
(August 12, 2010)
 
Louis A. David
(August 14, 2012)
 
Geneva Gallaher Schafsnitz
(May 20, 2012)
 
Robert Barnum
(April 9, 2010)
 
Joseph W. Sergent
(December 14,2009)
 
Harvey S. Bennett
(August 31, 2009)
 
Vivian Larsen Laurent
(July 28, 1992)

Wayne Baird

Floreda Best Cummings

Benny Brewer

John Dunbar
(1989)

Karl Dunn

Donna Grieves Green

Roy Hayes

Dean Larsen
(1995)

Mary Ellen McKenney

Grace Norton Geiersback
(1989)

Evelyn Ranney White

Glenn Ritchey

Arlee Ross Parliament
(July 31, 2000)

Constance Sarros Noirot
(1997)

Bernice Sullivan Banghart
(1997)

Ethel White Dunn
(2000)

Norma Wiltse Davis
(January 2001)

Wanda Herman Schaeffer
(March 3, 1990)
 
Abner Valley
 (2005)
 

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Obituary for William R. "Bill" Renwick

William R. Renwick, 86, of Lake Leelanau, passed away August 10, 2014 with his daughters by his side at The Toy House Retirement Home in Suttons Bay.

Bill was born on March 25, 1928, in Lansing, Michigan, to the late Albert and Edna (Saunders) Renwick. On September 1, 1951, in West Branch, he married Margaret Ann "Peggy" Shiel, who preceded him in death on January 9, 2012.

Growing up, Bill lived in various Michigan towns, with his favorite being Charlevoix. In high school, he was a quarterback and star tennis player for West Branch HS.

For 30 years, Bill had been employed as a Shipping Foreman at GM (Metal Fab Division) in Flint. His peers respected him for his integrity and leadership.

Bill and Peggy spent their retirement years at their lake home in Lake Leelanau where they created many wonderful family memories. Bill enjoyed fishing with his family (especially when they were biting!) He also enjoyed deer hunting with his son-in-law and was passionate about feeding and watching the birds. Bill was an avid pinochle and euchre player...sad for you if you were his opponent! Bill had a beautiful singing voice and enjoyed singing with his daughters. He was a faithful member of Northland Community Church.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Cindra (Mike) Spaans, Grand Rapids; Linda (Jim) Simmonds, Clio; and Cheryl (Russ) Horton, East Lansing. Also surviving are his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Brian (Kelly) Dahl, sons Lliam and Joseph; Shelby (Josh) Ferguson, daughter Gretta; Justine Simmonds, daughter Adeleigh; and Abby Simmonds, son Elliot. Bill was preceded in death by his precious grandson Travis Simmonds.

The family would like to thank Bill's friends for standing along side him during his final journey. A special thanks goes to The Toy House and Hospice of Michigan for their kindness shown to the family.

Eldryde Vittitow
(February 9, 1928 - February 26, 2014)


Eldryde Vittitow

Eldryde (Ellie) Vittitow passed away peacefully on February 26, 2014 at her daughter’s home in West Branch, after a short battle with cancer. She was a wonderful Wife and Mother, and will be dearly missed.

She was born February 9, 1928 in Muskegon, Michigan to James F. Christopherson and Blanche (Allen) Christopherson. On May 9th, 1948 she married Anthony (Andy) R. Vittitow in West Branch. They were Lifelong residents of West Branch until 1976 when they retired to Chiefland, Florida. They returned to West Branch in 2008.

Eldryde is survived by her two children, son Anthony E. and Susan (Schultz) Vittitow and daughter, Marjorie and Pat (Nonie) McKenna. Grandchildren: Dr. Joel and Denise (Vittitow) Shilling, Jenny Vittitow, Scott and Adria (Franklin) Vittitow, Jillian, Sally and Emilie Schultz, Chris and London (Bellefleur) McKenna, Jesse and Vanessa (Schumacher) McKenna. Great Grandchildren: Grant, Ian, Carter and Reid Shilling, Luke Weaver and Tyler Revoir, Claira Elly and Loic McKenna, Chad (Schumacher) and Aiden McKenna.

Ellie lived the last six years at Victorian Trails. She loved the special friends she made there. Ellie loved watching old TV re-runs like Gunsmoke and old movies from her era. Her favorite sports teams were the Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators. She loved reading, putting together puzzles with her apartment friends and she was an avid card player. Just a few months ago she was zip lining with her daughter, Margie and a bunch of close friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband Andy in 2008, her parents, two brothers and four sisters. She will leave a void in all the lives she touched

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                                    George L Baldwin
                                Oct 4 1927 –Aug 12 2010
 
       George Baldwin of Murrieta Ca passed away Aug of 2010.
       Mr. Baldwin was born in Detroit to Russell and May Baldwin.
In 1943 they moved to a farm in West Branch, In 1946, he graduated from West Branch
High School and in 47, he married
Wanda Borntrager of Prescott, they raised 4 sons and in 1977, they moved
to California.     he was in Real Estate.
George was a life long member of the Episcopal Church.
    Survivors are his wife, Wanda of 63 years, sons,  Jamie {Debra} Baldwin, of
Millington, Mi,  Ken {Darlene} of Santa Rosa, Ca, George R. Baldwin of
Jupiter, Fla,    Daniel {Sandra} Baldwin of Chula Vista,, Ca     sister, Lois {Donald}
Brindley of West Branch, Mi, sister in law, Norma Borntrager of Van Buren, Ar.
10 Grand-children,  Tina, Nikki, Holly, Tiffany, Jerrod, Julia, Christina, Stephen,
Anthony and David.... and several Gr-Grand children.. and several nieces and nephews...
Preceding him in death were his parents,  sister, Ruth Baldwin of Durand, Mi,  brother=in-law, George Borntrager
of Ar, sister-in-law, Betty Martin of Oregon and Daughter –in law, Jan Baldwin of Jupiter, Fla.....
Burial was in Glen Abbey Memorial Park
Bonita Calif. 
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Louis A. David
(October 11, 1927 - August 14, 2012) 
 
Louis A. David

Louis A. David age 84, pssed away Tuesday August 14, 2012 at his home. Louie had lived in West Branch for all of his life, and graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1946.. He was a member and past board member of St. John Lutheran Church. Louie worked for the Ogemaw County Road Commission for 33 years until his retirement. He loved teasing everyone he knew and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Louie is survived by his children, Barbara (Larry) Watson, Robert “Farmer” David and Bruce (Leigh) David all of West Branch, 7 grandchildren, Chad (Heather) Watson, Drew ( Katy) Watson, Brandon (Angie) David, Christopher David, Eric (Nichole) David, Adam (Ali) David and Evan (Michael) Bedtelyon and 14 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters Velma Goatbe of Prescott and Bernice Muehlfeld of Augusta, GA, and a special exchange student Henrik (Lotta) Sund and 3 special grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife R. Jean David in 2008, his parents Alba and Hilda (Carlson) David, his sister Della and his brothers Dewey and Arthur.

The family would like to send a special Thank You to Hospice of Helping Hands, especially Juanita, Patricia, Sharon and Carrie.

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 4-9 p.m. and Friday from 1-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church in West Branch. Pastor Howard Travis will officiate with burial following at Brookside Cemetery, West Branch.

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A note from the youngest daughter of Geneva Gallaher Schafsnitz...(Dawn Schafsnitz Neveau..)
 
My mother passed away on May 20, 2012 (link of her obiturary below).  I was using her and my dad's laptop and noticed mom had a link to the West Branch website.  I thought it would be good to update you and let you know about her passing.  Mom had very fond memories of her high school years at West Branch High School.  She had her school sweater for years and her high school ring, I remember putting it on for dress up as a child and thinking about how the colors orange and black reminded me of Halloween.   I especially enjoyed the pictures of her and the marching band, mom played the trombone, and later her grandson played the trombone too in high school.  

My mother passed away on May 20, 2012 (link of her obituary below).  I was using her and my dad's laptop and noticed mom had a link to the West Branch website.  I thought it would be good to update you and let you know about her passing.  Mom had very fond memories of her high school years at West Branch High School.  She had her school sweater for years and her high school ring, I remember putting it on for dress up as a child and thinking about how the colors orange and black reminded me of Halloween.   I especially enjoyed the pictures of her and the marching band, mom played the trombone, and later her grandson played the trombone too in high school.  
 

Obituary: Geneva Irene Gallaher Schafsnitz


Geneva Irene Schafsnitz, age 83, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at her home in Prescott Valley, Ariz., surrounded by her family. She was born on Aug. 31, 1928, in Beallsville, Ohio, to James and Bessie Gallaher.

She graduated with the class of 1946 at West Branch High School, West Branch, Michigan.

Geneva attended Ferris State College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and worked as a secretary for Michigan's Bay City Public Schools. She was a member of the Yavapai Classic Cruisers and an active member of the Church of Christ.

Geneva's sense of humor and graceful manner will be remembered by everyone who knew her. Her love of her family is eclipsed only by her love of the Lord.

Geneva is survived by her husband of 61 years, Nick Schafsnitz; her daughters Dawn (Jack) and Niki; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Mansel; her son, Jeffrey; her grandson, Nathan; her granddaughter, Katie; and son-in-law, David.
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Joe Sergent
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Joseph Walter Sergent, age 81 of Petoskey, MI and formerly of West Branch, East Tawas, Midland, and Flint, died December 14, 2009 at his home in Petoskey.

Joseph was born on February 11, 1928 in Edwards Township, MI, the son of Benjamin and Clara (Rau) Sergent and was raised in Edwards Twp., graduating from West Branch High school in 1946 and served for 2 years in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

On August 26, 1950, Joseph married Patsy Sue Sullins in Flint, MI.

Joseph worked for Michigan Bell, starting as a Frame Man and worked his way up to Plant Chief for Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. He retired from Michigan Bell in 1982 after 35 years of service and shortly thereafter, went to work for Great Lakes Gas Company in general maintenance for about 10 years.

Joseph was a member of the Church of Christ, and was a true community activist. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, served as the President of the East Tawas Lions Club, President of the West Branch/Ogemaw Heights School Board and assisted the Superintendant in the consolidation of the school district and was influential in the placement of the pool in the new school, and supported the creation of the Kirtland Community College. When he worked in Petoskey as the Plant Chief, he helped make possible the 1st Bay Tug of War, between Petoskey and Harbor Springs, MI, and often prepared the spaghetti for the annual Volunteer Fireman’s Dinner in West Branch.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and hunting, with 2009 being the first year that he did not hunt. He was always willing to lend a hand and assisted family members build and improve their homes, and often acted as the general contractor for the project.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; 6 children, Dennis (Lois) Sergent of Okemos, MI, David (Connie) Sergent of Freeland, MI, Tim (Lucy) Sergent of AuGres, MI, Terry (Kimberly) Sergent of Midland, MI, Shawna (Mark) Ross of Mt. Pleasant, MI, and Jenna (Bob) Pim of Williamsville, NY; 6 siblings, Jeanne Hazard, Joyce (Joseph) Kohler, Jim (Mary Kaye) Sergent, Jack (Mary) Sergent, Phyllis Earley, and Gary (Kathy) Sergent; sister-in-law, Betty Taylor; 19 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held in Petoskey, MI at the Stone Funeral Home on Thursday from 6-8pm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00am in West Branch, MI at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home with visitation at the funeral home from 10:00am until the time of service. Burial will be in the Edwards Township Cemetery.

Donations in Joseph’s memory may be directed to the Hospice of Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey, MI or the Ogemaw County Historical Society in West Branch, MI

HARVEY BENNETT
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CLASS OF 1946

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The following is an email from the daughter of Wanda Herman Schaeffer...She was researching her ancestry when she came upon our WBHS website. She has provided us with information about Wanda...which we were happy to received. We share it with you here...
Wanda passed away March 9, 1990 (in Grand Rapids) and is buried at Kentwood, Michigan.
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My mother married my father, Adam T. (Ted) Herman in 1948. They divorced in 1963. (My father is Wanda Herman Northcutt's brother (class of 1939).)
 
Although my father had ties to WB he did not graduate from WBH. He graduated HS from Cass Tech in Detroit, entered the Navy, and trained as a pilot. He had a wonderful career with TWA retiring in 1985. He is still doing quite well in the Portland, ME area. Healthy and kickin' and just last year retired from playing hockey. He has been remarried for forty plus years to Walli Weber and I have two half brothers, Thomas and Raymond (Adam). Adam is relocating here in Texas near my husband and me next month. Tom is in the Washington state area.
 
My parents had six children, David still in the Detroit area, Gary (Mike) passed in 1978 and is buried in St. Joe's Cemetery in WB, me Rene in Texas, Jeff in the Detroit area, Gordon passed in 1999, and Mary Kay in the Flint area. 
 
Mom remarried, Hal Schaffer in 1965 or 1966.Hal and my mom had my half sister in 1967, Susan who now lives in the Grand Rapids area.
 
I have just provided you with way more information than you may want to know, but someone out there may be wondering about my parents and I don't mind sharing. You may use my e mail address and post the information. Thank you for doing that....
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Betty Curtis Coleman and husband Bob
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