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Reservations made for 2017 Banquet

Jeanine Cowan Smith
Yvonne Durfee Haines
Ed White
Phyllis Winslow Seloom
Duane Copeland
Lynette Smith Mulkey
Lawrence Holly
Patsy Stephens Tyree
Betty Sikorski Trout
Nancy Sheick Burt
Angela Sheick Arnold

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Chester Surline, Supt.
Hollis Miner, Principal
Ronald Behrens, Class President
Robert DeMatio, Class Sponsor
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BYRON, Helen Ann Molloy 82, of Sonoita, AZ, left this world too soon on September 25, 2017, just short of her 83rd birthday, following a brief and unexpected illness. Ann, as she was widely known, was born to parents, Helen and Joseph Molloy of West Branch, MI. Spending her girlhood there, she attended West Branch High School and Michigan State University, attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Following her career as an elementary school teacher, she enjoyed her passions: books, dogs, horses and jewelry. Many will remember her as an ardent supporter and purveyor of Native American art and culture, being the owner and founder of Many Horses Trading Co. in Sonoita, AZ. In addition to her parents, Ann was predeceased by her first husband, Thomas C. Hurkett; grandson, Hayden T. Hurkett; stepson, Bill Byron. Survivors include her husband and friend of 41 years, Don Byron; children, Shannon Dwyer (John); Erin Bigford (Guy); Thomas Hurkett (Joan) and Daniel Byron and her grandchildren, Casey Dwyer, Daniel Byron Jr.; Colin Hurkett; Regan Hurkett and Sage Bigford. A gathering of family, friends and community will celebrate this tremendous woman's life on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Many Horses Trading Co., 3266 Highway 82 in Sonoita, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Horse'n Around Rescue Ranch Foundation, Inc. , PO Box 698 Hereford, AZ 85615.

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Frances May Zimmer Brown, 84, passed away Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at McLaren Bay Region in Bay City.

Frances was born Oct. 3, 1932, in West Branch to Harry and Marjorie (Osborne) Zimmer. She was married to Frank H. Brown and they lived in Lexington, and when he passed in 1982 she moved back to West Branch. Frances was a member of the Secord Lake Eagles, and the American Legion Auxiliary of Northville. She also served as vice president on the Indian Education Croswell/Lexington School Board for many years. In her free time she enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre and poker; she also enjoyed bingo, camping and spending time with her family.

Frances is survived by her children, Randy Brown of Decker, Ricky (Carol) Brown of Applegate, Judy O’Loane of West Branch, Kirk (Linda) Brown of Croswell and Douglas (Aaron) Brown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She has 22 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren whom she adored. She also leaves behind a sister, Cora (Harold) Terry of West Branch; and brother, Edward Zimmer of West Branch; along with many many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; and her three children, Ronald Brown, Frank Brown and Janet Johnson.

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Barbara J. Fitzgerald Lally, 83, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 peacefully at her bedside surrounded by family. Barb was born on July 20, 1934 in Flint, Michigan. She is predeceased by her Mother, Helen Besant Fitzgerald and Father and Stepmother, Howard and Glendora Fitzgerald; Brothers, Patrick Fitzgerald and William McCracken. She was married to her high school sweetheart and the love of her life for 60 years, F. Robert (Bob) Lally who predeceased her in 2013. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Bethany (Mark) Miller, Luanne (Randy) Mehelich, Michael (Amanda) Lally and Laurie (Jerry) Thompson, nine Grandchildren and nine Great Grandchildren. Also survived by her Sister, Shirley (Tom) Sauve, Brother, Terry Fitzgerald, aunts and uncles, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Barb was a homemaker with many talents. She loved to sew, cook, enjoyed reading and playing cards in which she earned her Masters in Bridge. She always sacrificed her needs for the good of her family. She was always supportive, encouraging, wise and kind. A special thank you to Summit Park Estates, Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice, Dr. Lynn VanWagnen and Staff for such loving care.

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Patricia Lorraine “Tetta” LaFountain, age 83 of Lupton, passed away Friday, August 26, 2016 at her home. Patricia was born June 25, 1933 to Walter and Anna Reilly in Lupton, MI. She married Keith LaFountain on June 21, 1952 in West Branch. Patricia had lived in Lupton since 1979, formerly of Mt. Clemens, MI. She attended Churchill United Methodist Church. Patricia enjoyed dancing and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Patricia is survived by her loving husband
of 64 years, Keith LaFountain of Lupton, daughters, Rebecca (John) Bennett of Prescott, Brenda (Louie) Gigliotti of Clinton Twp., Jodi Hart of Byron Center, grandchildren, Brooke (Gary) Nelson, Matthew (Jessica) Bennett, Lauren Gigliotti, Devon Gigliotti, Keith Hart, Mitchell Hart, great-grandchildren, Trace Collins, Tessa Collins, and Case Bennett. Also surviving are sisters, Anna Mae Illig of Standish and Janet Yvonne “Bonnie” (Dalton) Wiltse of Lupton. She is preceded in death by parents, Walter and Anna Reilly, sister, Ella McPherson, brothers, Al Reilly, Walter Reilly Jr., Robert Reilly, and Henry Reilly.

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Obituary for John Frank Artman

John Frank Artman, age 81, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw, MI. He lived in West Branch, MI for most of his life. John was born on December 19, 1934 to Frank and Helen (Diekman) Artman in Detroit, MI. On June 8, 1963, he married Billie Lindfors in Saginaw, MI. John served in the United States Marine Corps and was a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years with the West Branch Fire Department. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church and was a member of the K of C Council #2022. John earned a Master’s Degree in Education at Michigan State University. He was a teacher, retiring after 34 years. He enjoyed coaching basketball and football, golfing, camping, and was a carpenter in the summer months.

John is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Billie Artman of West Branch, MI; sons, Curtis (Renee) Artman of West Branch, MI and Matt Artman of West Branch, MI; daughter, Kelly (Kevin) Nicholl of West Branch, MI; and grandchildren, Elizabeth, Shannon, Sean, and Nathan. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Helen, and sister, Eileen.

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Mel Matthews
Died December 20, 2014

Obituary for Melbourne Edward Matthews

Melbourne Edward Matthews age 80, of West Branch, passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 at St. Mary’s of Michigan Hospital in Saginaw. Melbourne was born December 29, 1933 in West Branch, the son of Herbert and Lovina Matthews. He married Peggy Marie Arrington on July 23, 1960 at Charlotte Court House, VA.

  Melbourne had lived in West Branch all his life and graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1952. He served 4 years in the U.S. Navy, and spoke fondly of his time in the service. Melbourne was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He enjoyed farming, cutting wood, wood carving, gardening, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family.

Melbourne is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Peggy Matthews of West Branch, son, Mark (Tamra) Matthews of Sanford, son, Daniel (Pamela) Matthews of Alger, son, Burt (Dana) Matthews of Alger, grandchildren, Andrea (Trevor) Hull, Jonathan Matthews, Heather (Adam) Myers, Bill (Becky) Briggs, Amelia Matthews, Maisy Matthews, Quinn Matthews and 7 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is sister, Corinne (Paul) Bertram of Perrinton, MI. He is preceded in death by parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin Monday, December 22, 2014 from 3-8 PM. Melbourne will lie in state at Calvary Baptist Church on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM until time of service at 11:00 AM. Pastor Tom Teall will officiate. Burial will follow at Brookside Cemetery. 

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Virginia Dawn Storey Robbins
July 19, 1934-October 3, 2013

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Virginia “Dawn” Robbins, age 79 of Alger, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013 at West Branch Regional Medical Center.

Virginia had lived in Alger since 2005, formerly of Detroit, Flint and Davison. She was a member of the Chapel of the Lake Church and she enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting and being with her family.

Virginia is survived by her brothers Albert (Judy) Robbins of Saginaw, Ronald Robbins of Waterford and Rodwin (Lora) Storey of Flint, her sisters Sharon Eisbrenner of Warren and Cris Dudock of Prescott and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and her special niece Wendy Jo James. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jess and Laura Mae, her stepfather Harry Storey, her sisters Gayla, Judy and Bonnie Jo, her brothers Byron “Buddy” Robbins and Ronald Storey and a step-sister Barbara.

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Margaret Wangler  Dings
(August 24, 1932 - May 16, 2013)

 

Margaret Dings

Margaret Dings, age 80 of West Branch, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Bortz Health Care of Rose City. Margaret was born in West Branch on August 24, 1932 to Clyde and Dorothy (Glenn) Wangler. She had lived in West Branch for all of her life.

 Margaret raised and sold strawberries and rhubarb for many years on her Peach Lake Farm. She enjoyed fishing, softball, hunting and spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Margaret is survived by her four daughters, Judy Dings (Daniel Stachowiak) of Saginaw, Peggy (Larry) Greer of West Branch, Bonnie (Olen) Clemens of Arlington Virginia and Janet Dings of West Branch, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and her brother Glenn Wangler. She was preceded in death by her husband William Dings in 1987, her parents and her brother Buster Wangler.

Shirley Spencer White, class of 1952 West Branch High School, died October 8, 2012

Shirley Olive Spencer White, 78, of Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly on October 8, 2012 at her home in Charlotte, MI. She was born on August 3, 1934 to Sidney and Viola (Stevenson) Spencer in West Branch, Michigan. Shirley graduated high school in West Branch and earned an Associates Degree in Business. She worked as a secretary for MSU, and also as a teller and a loan officer at the local bank in West Branch. On November 30, 1957, she married Fred White and together they raised 1 son and 2 daughters.

Shirley and her husband were members of the Community of Christ Church in West Branch. They were kind and caring couple who were instrumental in developing the Christmas House, an organization that collected and donated items to the less fortunate for Christmas. This event continued in the community for over 30 years and is still active today. Shirley was a loving person, humbly giving of herself. She loved traveling with her family; scrapbooking books of memories for her grandchildren; photography; cake decorating, and the grandchildren''s activities.

Shirley is survived by her 2 daughters, Leslie (Marten) Garn and Tracy (Randall) Carlson both of Charlotte, MI; son Alan (Cammi) White of Williamston; sisters Dawn Kennedy of St. Helen and Nancy (LeRoy) Prentice of West Branch, MI; and 9 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; husband Frederick; brothers Lyle, Gary and Dale and sister Dorothy Spencer.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Saints Church of Jesus Christ, Church Youth Fund.

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Corrine Rose (Belanger) Good, age 99 years and 8 months, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at her home with her children by her side.

Corrine was born in Prescott, MI to Fred and Bernice (Pierce) Belanger on November 17, 1910. She married her childhood sweetheart Wilbur Stover Good on June 8, 1929. Wilbur’s father, Rev. W.H. Good, united them in marriage at the family home. Corrine was a lifelong member of The Zion Church of the Brethren.

Corrine displayed unwavering faith, strength and grace throughout her lifetime, which gave her profound peace. Her smile and warmth lit up a room. She never lost her sense of humor and wanted to pass that quality onto her loved ones. Her one desire for her family is that they learn to have the faith in God, which sustained her.

Kindness, concern and willingness were shown by Corrine to help all who came into her life….an opportunity never passed her by. God blessed her with talent and creativity as she fashioned countless items for those with cancer, the homeless, nursing homes, Hospice, Department of Social Services, the Pregnancy Resource Center and Veterans of the United States.

We must share…at the young age of 97 years, our mother was “fingerprinted” and awarded a certificate of completion from Heartland Hospice.

Corrine was preceded in death by her beloved husband Wilbur, infant daughter Mildred, son Dale, grandson Ronnie and his wife Denise Kunze, granddaughter Linda Kunze, sister’s Louise Hook and Emelda Snell.

Surviving are her four children; Wilbur A. and Reta Good, Geraldine Good Hover, Joyce Strobel Good, Henry and Nancy Good, Larry and Sally Good Brindley. 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 11 step great-grandchildren, 1 step great-great grandchild. Also surviving is her brother and sister in law, Jack and Patty Belanger, sister in law Kay Belanger and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Per Corrine’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Friday August 6, 2010 at the Zion Church of the Brethren (about 13 miles east of West Branch on M-55). Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the service following at 2:00 p.m.

In memory of Corrine, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or the Zion Church of the Brethren.

The family would like to send heartfelt thanks to our mother’s nurse Pat Beasley, her caregiver Marge Peters and to all the Heartland Hospice staff.

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Glenda and Charles (Chuck) Laser
40th Anniversary
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A Note From
Sally McClaren Greene
Class of 1952
 
I am sending you a copy of Jim Huml's obituary.
It's quite the obituary..so much I didn't know about him.
I started school with Jim in the third grade.
After graduation in 1952, I never saw him again.
When our class celebrated our fiftieth anniversary in 2002, Jim ws there but he never came over to our table so I did not get a chance to talk to him.
Spring is just around the corner. It's been quite the winter...snow and so "cold"!
It will soon be time for the Alumni Banquet..a busy time for all.
Note...
(Sally lives in Traverse City...as did Jim)
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Jim Huml..Class of 1952..Died February 14, 2008
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Huml Obituary Continued...
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Enola Jane Brace Armstrong..
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Class of 1952

John Artman
Ronald Behrens
Willis Brewer
William Clayton
Duane Copeland
James Durfee
Raymond Grezeszak
Edward Holly
James Huml
Charles Laser
Charles Latrielle
Mel Matthews
Bengt Monson
Douglas Piar
Clyde Partlo
Robert Van Sickle
Edward White
Ralph Wolfe
Caroline Abbs Rice
Betty Lou Awrey Carscallen
Maxine Beck Crawford
Molly Best Craft
Enola Brace Armstrong
Jeanine Cowan Smith
Yvonne Durfee Haines
Venita Eliott
Deloris Farrar Winter
Barbara Fitzgerald Lally
Margaret Husted Thrall
Mildred Crawford
Patricia Markle Lauson
Anna Marie Mayer McDonald
Sally McLaren Greene
Elva Mervyn Peterson
Ann Molloy Byron
Gloria Nelson Rodgers
Patsy Ogger Lisius
Leona Parmentier Edmunds
Velma Pray Thorn
Beverly Putnam Howard
Margaret Rau Cox
Patricia Reilly LaFountain
Rosaline Sappington Smith
Angela Sheick Arnold
Nancy Shieck Burt
Elizabeth Sikorski Trout
Lynette Smith Mulkey
Shirley Spencer White
Patsy Stephens Tyree
Patsy Trout Marshall
Adith Wangler Palm
Margaret Wangler Dings
Zora Wilkenson Smeddon
Jeanine Winslow Clemens
Phyllis Winslow Seloom
Dawn Storey Robbins
George Carroll
Bill Zettel St. Joe

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Bill Clayton

Leona Parmentier Edmunds

Maxine Beck Crawford 2/14/06

Ron Behrens 2/14/02

Beverly Putman Howard 9/01

Ardith Wangler Palm

Patricia Markle Lauzan

Shirley Spencer White 10/08/12

Molly Best Craft

Enola Brace Armstrong 8/04/07

Jim Durfee 9/29/09

Deloris Farrar Conrad

Jim Huml 2/14/08

Deloris Kelsey Oliver 12/03/11

Mel Matthews

Gloria Nelson Rodgers

Patricia Ogger Lisius 7/29/12

Virginia Dawn Storey Robbins 10/03/13

Clayton Tank 4/09/15

Margaret Wangler Dings 5/16/13

Barbara Fitzgerald Lally 7/31/17