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Reservations for 2017 Banquet

Thelma Whitchurch Tuck
Pat Sullivan Weiler
Ruth Romancky Myers
Philip Mutch

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Ralph H. Miller, Supt
Hollis Miner, Principal
Pauline DeLooze, Class President
Margaret Sowton, Class Sponsor
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Frederick Arnold
Robert Awrey
Blaine Baker
Betty Bedtelyon Hammond
Charles Behrens
Elizabeth Bowen Chandler
Betty Candy Robinson
William Cohen
Daryl Conrad
Alfred Cosand
Irma Crawford Kuykendall
Orval Cummings
Mildred Dantzer Zettle
Pauline DeLooze Baker
Katherin Dotson
Florence Elmore Giessinger
Gorden Ferguson
Gerald Fitzgerald
Mary Goulder Tweedie
Frank Hacht
Jim Hall
Clarabell Hanes Cronk
Russell Jackson
Donald Kalberer
Joy Ann Kaus Jones
Marilyn Kolb Miller
Helen Lally Klee
Jack Loomis
Malcolm McCallum
Hallie McCord Cockerton
Dorothy Meiser Tate
Ralph Mervyn
Grace Migan Gascoyne
Richard Miller
Mary Bridget Monaghan
Joyce Morris Trout
Philip Mutch
Beverly Myas Shortt
Edward Nienaber
June Ostrander Schafer
James Pappas
Richard Parker
S. Frank Poling
Mary Ida Poling Jackson
Ruth Romancky
Frank Rosebrough
Augustoff Sanders
Robert Small
Rosemarie Steinhauser Pearsall
Patricia Sullivan Weiler
Marilyn Thomas Beach
Mavis VanSickle Rau
Daniel Vosburg
Nelson Walker
Thelma Whitchurch Tuck
Rick Zettel St.Joe

CHUCK BEHRENS
Note from Sally Behrens
Chuck's Sister

Chuck passed away in California.  He passed away on June 9, on our father's 112 birthday.  He was 85 years old. Of course you know that since your sis (Thelma Whitchurch Tuck) were born the same day in the same hospital.


 He had an aneurism (spelling ?) rupture.  They took him to surgery and gave him a 15% chance of making it through.  He died on the table.  He chose to do the surgery.  He and Shirley told one another goodbye and that they loved one another before he went in to surgery.  He was cremated and will have a memorial service in California on July 30.  


They lived in Sun City, Arizona.  Since it is so hot there in the summer he and Shirley spent the summers with their daughter Kristie in California.  They had just gone there for the summer two weeks before he passed away so at least Shirley was not alone with him when it happened.

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Joyce L. Trout, age 85, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at McLaren Bay Region in Bay City, MI. She had lived in West Branch for her entire life. Joyce was born to Walter and Nellie (Newberry) Morris on December 19, 1929 in West Branch. Joyce was a homemaker and farmer, and she enjoyed raising beef cattle and hunting.

Joyce is survived by her children, Diane (Ken) Turland of Mt. Morris, Walt (Connie) Trout, Bob (Cindy) Trout, Donna (Larry) Hastings and Keith (Jenny) Trout
all of West Branch, grandchildren, Brad (DeEtta) Turland, Lynette Turland, Rick (Raychelle) Trout, Tricia (Eric) Reed, Craig (Trisha) Trout, Kurt Trout (Brandy Warren), Christi (Tom) Neubecker, Sarah (Dale) DeMatio, Mark (Melissa) Trout and Kim Trout (Jake Houchen); and great-grandchildren, Stephenie, Amanda, Kaylynn, Cole, Courtney, Alec, Lane, Ty, Hunter, Austin, Alivia, and Karter. She is preceded in death by her husband, Russell E. Trout in 2012, and sister, Daisie Roe. 

Deceased

Ralph Mervyn
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Orville "Joe" Cummings
8-15-30 ---- 12-23-2013
Orval "Joe" Cummings, graduated from West Branch High School, West Branch, Michigan in 1948....He passed away December 23, 2013 in Dickson,TN. at the age of 83. Joe was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from Lockheed Martin. He lived in both Douglas and Elbert Counties.

Married to Martha who preceded him in death, Joe is survived by his three children, Joe and wife Melissa of Parker, Cindy Biays of CastleRock, and Richard and Elida of Dickson, TN. He also had 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. He gave us all more than we could ever give back
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Beverly Ann Myas Shortt
(July 22, 1930 - October 23, 2013)


Beverly Ann Shortt

Beverly Ann Myas Shortt, age 83, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in West Branch. Beverly lived in West Branch for most of her life. She was born to James J. Myas and Mary (Richardson) Myas on July 22, 1930 in West Branch, MI.

Beverly was involved in many organizations during her lifetime. She helped start the West Branch Airport and was the secretary of the Airport Board. She was a board member for Senior HUD Housing Development. Beverly was a teacher for Montrose and West Branch Schools where she taught Math, and was a member of the WBRC School Board. She also helped start Peter Pan Preschool in West Branch. Beverly was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church where she helped start the Trinity Memorial Garden, and volunteered her services at Tolfree Memorial Hospital, WBRMC, Heartland Hospice, and Ogemaw Humane Society. Beverly was an office manager for her husband, Lee A. Shortt DDS in West Branch.

Beverly is survived by her children, daughter, Mary Shortt of West Branch, and son, Bill (Therese) Shortt of Green Oak Twp., MI, grandchildren, Derek, Christian and Madeline Shortt of Green Oak Twp., MI and many cousins and extended family. She is preceded in death by her husband Lee A. Shortt DDS and parents James and Mary Myas.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Ogemaw Humane Society or Hospice Advantage.

Augustoff "Gus" T. Sanders
(November 23, 1930 - January 20, 2013)  

Augustoff

Augustoff T. “Gus” Sanders, age 83 of Alger, graduate of West Branch High School with the class of 1948.. passed away at his home on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Gus had lived in Alger for all of his life. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Marine Corp. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outdoors working in his garden.

Gus is survived by his wife Mary Sanders of Alger, daughters; Diane and Linda, several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his special nephew Paul Walerych of Pontiac. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Olga Sanders, his brothers, George, Bob, Fred and Emil Sanders and his sisters, Millie Pettit, Matilda Meier, Hilda Miller, Dottie Reece, Evelyn Walerych, Helen Hanes and Lydia Martin.

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Chaplin Randy Brokaw will officiate. Burial will take place at Edwards Township Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice Advantage

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Russell Trout
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Russell E. Trout, age 87 of West Branch, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012 at his home. Russell had been a resident of West Branch for all of his life. He was employed by Taylor Door as an electrician for 42 years and was a beef cattle farmer. Russell enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed entering his steers in the Ogemaw County Fair and helping with 4-H.

Russell is survived by his wife Joyce Trout of West Branch, children Diane (Ken) Turland of Mt. Morris, Walt (Connie) Trout, Bob (Cindy) Trout, Donna (Larry) Hastings and Keith (Jenny) Trout all of West Branch, grandchildren, Brad (DeEtta) Turland, Lynette Turland, Rick (Raychelle) Trout, Tricia (Eric) Reed, Craig (Trisha) Trout, Kurt Trout (Brandy Warren), Christi (Tom) Neubecker, Sarah (Dale) DeMatio, Mark Trout (Melissa Wangler) and Kim Trout (Jake Houchen) and great-grandchildren, Kaylynn, Cole, Courtney, Alec, Lane, Ty, Hunter and Austin. Also surviving are his sisters, Irene Zettle of West Branch and Gen Seifort of Flint and his brother George Trout of West Branch.

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 1-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Brookside Cemetery, West Branch.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.

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A Personal Message from June Ostrander Schafer

Class of 1948

Father O’Tool officiated at our marriage at St. Joseph in West Branch.

I attended elementary schools at

Campbell Corners, Rifle River School..and Churchill.

In 1949, I attended Licensed Practical Nursing College at North Central School of Practical Nursing in Traverse City, Mi., which is affiliated with Little Traverse and Burns Clinic in Petoskey

returning to West Branch to work at Tolfree Hospital in 1951.

I became employed at Bay City to work at Bay City General, living at the Y.

Traveling to Mt.Pleasant, I worked at the State Home until

I decided to be a “stay at home” Mom raising my daughters.

At my home, I sold Sarah Coventry Jewelry and later, Avon, receiving a winner’s statue for making the President’s Club.

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June Ostrander Schafer
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Thelma Whitchurch Tuck and Chuck Behrens
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Nine years old ( Behren's store at Wildwood).)

 


 


 


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DECEASED CLASSMATES

Charles Behrens
(June 9, 2016)



 Rick Zettel
(St. Joe)
(10/6/14)


Orval Cummings


(December 23, 2013)


 


Beverly Ann Myas Shortt


(10/23,2013)


Kathryn Dotson


(March 22, 2013)


 


June Ostrander Shafer


(August 10, 2010)


 


Malcolm "Mac" McCallum


 (January 20,2010)


 


Mavis VanSickle Rau


 (June 7, 2008)


 


Russell Jackson


(May 28,2008)


 


Erma Crawford Kuykendall


(January 19. 2008)


 


Nelson "Skip" Walker


(December 24, 2006)


 


Fred Arnold


 (1983)


 


Robert Awrey


 


Blaine Baker


(1994)


 


Pauline DeLooze Baker


 (1995)


 


Betty Bedtelyon Hammone


(1996)


 


Elizabeth Bowen Chandler


 (April 2000)


 


Mildred Dantzer Zettle


 (1996)


 


 


Jim Hall


 (1996)


 


Jack Loomis


 


Grace Migan Gascoyne


 (1989)


 


James Pappas


 (12/24/2005)


 


Stacey Frank Poling Jr.


 (6/8/2005)


 


Marilyn Thomas Beach


(July 2004)


 


Dan Vosburg


(2001)


 


Daryl Conrad


 (September 10,2006)


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Donna Jo Greene Evans, age 80 of West Branch, passed away Thursday, September 30, 2010 at West Branch Regional Medical Center. Donna had lived in West Branch for all of her life. She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in both West Branch and Alger and was a past member of the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Joseph. She was a volunteer for the West Branch Public Library and worked at Tolfree Memorial Hospital as a ward clerk.

Donna is survived by her children, Brian Evans (Rosie Bernard) of Rose City and Karen (Gary) Campbell of Alger, grandchildren, Brian J. “B.J.” Evans (Brenda Conner), Brianna (Ryan) Demand, Kori (Paul) Klustaitis Ph.D and Ryan Osborne (Katrina Weishuhn), great-grandchildren Brooke Evans, Bethany Evans and Kiley Osborne. Also surviving are her brothers Joseph (Linda) Greene and William (Mary Jo) Greene and her sisters, Yvonne Storby and Margaret (John) McCoy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emery in 2006, her daughter Kay Evans and her son Bradley Evans.

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 3-9 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. The Funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch. Fr. Patrick Maher and Fr. Richard Seifferly will officiate with burial following at St. Joseph Cemetery

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Diane Demay Hofmann

 
Diane Marie Hofmann, age 79, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 24, 2009. Diane was born in Detroit to Irene Gray-Dematio Demay and Sylvester “Rudy” Dematio Demay. The family moved to West Branch in 1942.

Diane was the Valdictorian of her class of 1948 and the same year was crowned Ogemaw County “Snow Queen” and the “Queen of Michigan”, crowned by the Govenor G. Mennen Williams.

Diane married Lawrence N. Hofmann, who was a Michigan State Trooper in 1950.

Diane’s home and gardens were her passion and she created, with her husband, a gracious welcoming atmosphere which was voted most popular in the West Branch “Parade of Homes.” Their home was always filled with family and friends.

Diane is survived by Larry, her loving husband of 59 years; four children, Carol, Lauren, Linda and Eric; sons-in-law, Mehrdad and Gary, three grandchildren, Sarah, Jarred and Austin; her brother, Pat Demay and family; Larry’s brother Dick Hofmann and family; and many wonderful loving friends

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"Bud" Neinaber...
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Mavis attended this year's Alumni Banquet, May 24th..just two weeks before her passing.. Although it was difficult for her to get around and speaking was hard for her, she wanted to be with her classmates. Her son, Bill, attended with her...

Mavis VanSickle Rau, Class of 1948
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A memorial service is planned for Erma I. Crawford Kuykendall, 76, who passed away January 19, 2008, in Clarkston, Washington, following a brief illness.
The service will take place at noon Saturday, June 28, at the home of Don and Carla (Kuykendall) Fritz, 1156 W.Sage Lake Road, West Branch, 989-685-2650. A luncheon will be served.

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Russ and Joyce Morris Trout...
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WB COUNCILMAN RUSSELL JACKSON DIES..By Eric Young..News Editor
Less than a month after Russell Jackson resigned from the West Branch City Council for health reasons, the former city councilman has died.
Jackson, 77, died at his home last Wednesday. He ws reportedly battling stomach cancer.
"He did a lot for the community," said City Clerk Jane Tennant. "He'll be greatly missed."
Tennant said Jackson was very dedicated to the residents of West Branch.
"He was very caring and conscientious when it cme to making decisions on the council," she said. "He was an all-around good guy."
Jackson resigned through a letter to the council during the May 5 meeting, citing health problems.
"My health has taken a turn for the worse and I am not able to fulfill my functions," Jackson wrote.
"Russ did a lot of good things for us here," said Mayor Todd Thompson during the city's June 2 meeting. "He did some good things when he came back to town. He was very interested in the city and he was concerned."
"He came to meetings he probably shouldn't have, because of his health, but he never missed a meeting", Thompson continued. "We're going to miss Russ; this whole town's going to miss him."
Tennant told the Herald that the city is in the process of preparing a plaque that will be presented to Jackson's family at a later date.
Councilman Paul Frechette suggested the possibility of having a Russ Jackson Day when it comes time to present the plaque, which the council agreed to consider at that time.
Jackson had served on the city council since being appointed in October 1996 to replace former councilmember Timothy Smith, who resigned after taking a job out of state. Jackson had also served on the airport board since March 1999. He served on the planning commission two separate times, from 1996 through 1998 and from 2001 to present.
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Russell's funeral was held May 31 at the Steuernol Funeral Home in West Branch. Burial was in Brookside Cemetery.
(Russ served as Treasurer for the WBHS Alumni Association from 1998-2001)

Thelma Whitchurch Tuck and Bob Small Class of 1948
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October 2007 - Carson City, Nevada

Chuck Behrens and Thelma Whitchurch Tuck
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Fall of 2007

Betty Candy, Erma Crawford, Mary Goulder
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Senior Trip...Class of 1948

Dear Classmates:

 

The following poem written in free verse by Michigan poet, Edgar Guest, is the one I  read after giving the Class Roll at our 1948 Graduation Exercise:

 

 

    This much I know:

          This little gift of years

     Which men call life

                  On me has been bestowed.

        I have been set upon

      the open  road

                  To journey through

                The sunshine and the tears,

    To fashion something

       Out of hopes and fears,

            And doubts and little facts,

 A form or mode

 Which neither shame

            Nor weakness can corrode

   And wait for judgment

                     When the end appears

 

I did not ask to come

       Nor do I know

    How long my pilgrimage

Nor whence nor why

        But still I feel all this

          Will clearly show

                   Some time, somewhere

           Beneath a fairer sky.

   And then  I hope

             I shall not blush to see

   The finished thing

            I shall have made

of me.

 

 

I share this with you now as we continue on our “pilgrimages” or life journeys and can be thankful  we have all come this far.  I regret that I can not be with you in person but I am with you  in spirit and send my best wishes to you all.

 

Your old classmate,

 

“Biddy” Monaghan