Chester Surline, Supt.
Hollis Miner, Principal
Gerald Drabek, Class President
Gloria Larson, Class Advisor
Robert DeMatio, Class Advisor
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Jim Tolfree Orr, 80, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at his home in West Branch
with his family by his side. Jim courageously fought illness for over six years.
He was born March 18, 1936,
in West Branch. Melvin and Joan (Tolfree) Orr were parents to Jim and his brother Dennis (Judi), who have all preceded him
in death. His grandparents, John and Joanna Tolfree, donated the land and building for the Tolfree Memorial Hospital. Not
only was Jim born in this hospital, but it was a lifetime legacy.
Jim was an avid golfer and has a claim of
fame with a hole-in-one on number 5. Special thanks to the Tuesday Night League and especially his partner Rod Robertson.
He was an avid skier at Ogemaw Hills Ski Park, Boyne Mountain, Aspen and Copper Mountain in Colorado. He was also part owner
of Ogemaw Hills Ski Park. Skiers were all friends. Jim enjoyed traveling and it became a passion, with visits not only within
the U.S. but to many foreign countries. He touched many lives both in Michigan and Colorado. He made friends wherever he went.
It didn’t matter where he went, he knew someone. He left a wonderful legacy to anyone who touched his life.
had many special interests and commitments. He attended and graduated from West Branch High School in 1954, completing his
bachelor’s degree from Alma College in 1958. He was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and support of two Catholic
wives; a 54-year member and past president of Kiwanis Club, from which he received the George F. Hixson Fellowship in 1996;
Optimist Club member; West Branch Fire Department volunteer; member of the Long Timber Ranch Hunting Club since 1954; West
Branch Chamber of Commerce, from which he received Volunteer of the Year Award in 1993; East Lansing Tourism Association,
of which he was president in 1977; Michigan Lodging Tourist Association, past president from 1979-1980; lifetime member of
the Masonic Lodge; served on the West Branch-Rose City district school board; State Savings/National City Bank Board of Directors;
Tolfree Memorial Foundation Board of Directors; a member of the West Branch Industrial Committee since 1982; West Branch Country
Club Board of Directors, where he served as past president; and North Central Michigan Foundation Board of Directors.
graduation, Jim became a very successful sox salesman for Adler. In 1965, he purchased the family business, Tri Terrace Motel.
After retirement in 1987, he dabbled in Culligan Soft Water and real estate sales.
Jim married Monica Tetu
Wangler in 1964. Their children include Lynne, Julie (Jerrold) Jenkins, Kim (Sonia) and Bob (Kim). Grandchildren include Katy
(Adam) Steinback, Michael, Matthew and Annemarie Jenkins, Justin Chase and Jacob Orr.
death, Jim married Grace Scott, who survives him. He became a father figure to Greg (Cindy), Kevin (Brenda) Scott and Cindy
(Steve) McMillin; grandfather to Courtney (Steve) Biesiada, Elizabeth, Victoria, Taylor, Thomas Scott, Mitchell and Matthew
McMillin; and great-grandfather to Katie and Claire Biesiada.
Margaret 7/31/1936 - 10/29/2014 West Branch, MI "Peggy", passed away on October 29th 2014 in West Branch, Michigan Preceded
in death by her parents, William and Jane Husted (Hutchins). Her son, Timothy Paul Kuebler and her longtime companion, William
Papineau. Survived by her siblings, BJ Smith, Robert Husted and John Husted and her remaining children, Zea Miller, Leann
Kuebler, Julie Kuebler, Jane Kuebler and Todd Kuebler
Alvin W. Good, age 80 of West Branch, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 at his home.
Al had lived in West Branch since 2002, formerly of Flint. He was born on January 15, 1936 to Orville and Mamie Good in
Prescott. Al married Leona McNiel on March 9, 1957 in Flint. Al was a member of First Church of the Brethren in Flint and
Zion Church of the Brethren in Prescott. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.
Al is survived by his loving
wife, Leona Good of West Branch, daughter,…
Julie (Bob) Delecki of Montrose, son, Todd (Sarah) Good of Henderson, MI, daughter, Lisa (Bob) Burns of Clio, daughter, Rhonda
(Ed) Rowe of Montrose, grandchildren: Josh Delecki, Ashley Good, Nicole Burns, Zachary Good, Eric Delecki, Travis Delecki,
Cassie Burns, Nathan Burns, Seth Rowe, Noah Rowe, great-grandchildren: Leyah, Zac, Emma, Owen, Brayden, Dawson, Aiden, Carson,
Olivia, and Kenzie. Also surviving is brother, Ken (Gail) Good of Prescott, sister-in-law, Brenda King of Prescott, special
sister-in-law, Evelyn Giles of Flint, special niece, Jody Edmonds and extended family, Snellgrose, Hall, and Judd. He is
preceded in death by parents, Orville and Mamie Good, and brother, George Good.
Lauretta Ann Brindley Grezeszak
(September 3, 1935 - September 7, 2014)
Class of 1954
Lauretta Ann Grezeszak, age 79, passed away
on Sunday, September 7, 2014 in West Branch, MI with her loving family by her side. She has lived in West Branch all of her
life. Lauretta was born to Loren and Margaret (Rosenthal) Brindley on September 3, 1935 in West Branch, MI. She married
Albert O. Grezeszak on August 16, 1952 and together they owned and operated their family farm, A.L. Grezeszak Farm. Over the
years, she was employed at the Bicycle Plant, George’s Meat Market, and Taylor Door. Lauretta was a member of St. Joseph
Catholic Church, Catholic Council of Women (CCW), Kiwanis, and a 4-H Leader of numerous activities. She sold Bee Line clothing
and was a District Manager.
Lauretta was a caterer for 42 years where she has served and provided delicious,
home cooked meals to thousands of people. Lauretta was a member of Kiwanis for 18 years and has been preparing the Kiwanis
meeting lunches for 30+ years. She was the 2013 honoree of the Kiwanis Variety Show. Lauretta was inducted into the Ogemaw
County Bowling Hall of Fame in 2008. She loved to bowl, play cards, dance, tell stories, spend time with her family, cook
and share her cooking expertise with anyone that asked.
Lauretta is survived by her loving children: Diana
(Edward) DeGentenaar of Lupton, MI formerly of Oakland, MI, Barbara (Gary) Wangler of West Branch, MI, Gerald (Carolee) Grezeszak
of Gleason, TN, Albert (Kelley) Grezeszak of West Branch, MI, and Joel (Paula) Grezeszak of West Branch, MI; 20 grandchildren,
13 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild; sibilings: Keith (Joyce) Brindley of West Branch, MI, Donna (Tommy)
Lombardo of Seguin, TX, Robert (Betty Jean) Brindley of West Branch, MI, Raymond (Linda) Brindley of West Branch, MI, Delores
(the late John) Fogarasi of Sterling, MI, Larry (Sally) Brindley of West Branch, MI, Loren (Joyce) Brindley of West Branch,
MI and Wanda (the late Russ) Goss of Gladwin, MI. She is preceded in death by her husband and parents.
at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will be Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 5-9:00 p.m. and Thursday,
September 11, 2014 from 1-9:00 p.m. There will be a Rosary on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
On Friday, September 12, 2014, Lauretta will lie in state at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch beginning at 10:00
a.m. until the Celebration of Life Mass at 11:00 a.m. Father Patrick Maher will officiate. Burial will take place at St.
Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Pall Bearers are: Brian DeGentenaar, Patrick DeGentenaar, Todd Wangler, Dennis Wangler, Tracy
Wangler, Chris Grezeszak, Albert Grezeszak and Sean Grezeszak.
Lauretta Ann Brindley Grezeszak
(March 9, 2013)
Shirley Cummings Denman
(September 26, 2011)
(February 7, 2011)
Phyllis M. Winter Meiser (July 31, 2007)
Carol Ann McKenny Sting
(May 28, 2001)
Holly Ann Orr Little
Arlene Schmitt Derosa
John Wilcox(July 15, 2001)
Robert Bragg-St.Joe (February 11, 2005)
Class of 1954
Janet Allen Coates
Geraldine Bennett Illig
Joyce Blake Johnson
Beverly Buhlman Adams
Florence Burkett Bischoff
Darlene Clemens Winslow
Shirley Cummings Denman
Marjorie Dent Ball
Janet Drensky Thomas
Emma Elmore Gall
Moynell Gallaher Pfeiffer
Virginia Gamm McKenney
Georgia Goatbe Eno
Birte Kaas Smith
Carol Keith Kerby
Sally Kenyon Horton
Kathryn Larsen Cattrell
Carolee Lucas Poling
Corinne Matthews Bertram
Carol McAllister Kruse
Carol Ann McKenney Sting
Arlene McMillen King
Beverly Miles Breault
Elaine Munn Zielinski
Edna Mae Ogger Germaine
Holly Anne Orr Little
Nancy Pointer Bischoff
Barbara Stillwagon Folts
Estella Thomas Hastie
Janet Winslow Sayranian
Phyllis M. Winter Meiser
James C. Sergent
May. 11, 1936 - Mar. 9, 2013
James C. Sergent, age 76, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away at his home on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
He was born May 11, 1936, in West Branch, Mich., the son of Benjamin and Clara Sergent. He graduated with the class of 1954
from West Branch High School.
Jim was an insurance agent for Mutual of Omaha for 54 years, retiring last May. He was an active member
of the Lions Club, served as president, and was deeply involved in many area service projects. He was a member of the Eagle
River Recreation Association and served on the board of directors. Jim was a great supporter of the World Championship Snowmobile
Derby and served as co-chairman for 34 years. He was a member of the Backtrackers Hunting Camp. He enjoyed hunting, fishing,
skiing, Packer games and traveling with his family.
Jim is survived by his wife
of 49 years, Mary Kaye; daughter, Sandy (Steve); sons, Jim (Lennel) and Jeffrey
(Jennifer); and seven grandchildren, Christopher, Cameron, Caroline, Andrea, Lukas, Amanda and Hunter. He is further survived
by five brothers and sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joseph.
A memorial will be established
in Jim's name.
|Shirley Ann Cummings Denman
Shirley Ann Cummings Denman of Davison, class of 1954 West Branch
High School, age 76, began rejoicing in the arms of her Savior on Monday, September 26, 2011. Born on September 20, 1935 in Saginaw, Michigan to Clayton and Stella Cummings. Shirley attended
West Branch High School and married her high school and life-long sweetheart Larry J. Denman on November 13, 1954. Together; they celebrated nearly 46 years of marriage, counting every moment a blessing. Shirley was a wonderful wife and stay at home mom. Shirley was a member of Heritage Baptist Church
in Grand Blanc, MI. Left to cherish her memory and the wonderful
heritage of a Godly mother are her children: Marsha (Brad) Younce, Jeff (Tami) Denman, and Lori (Scott) Greenhaw; grandchildren:
Joshua and Caleb (Caitlin) Denman, and Gregory, Holly Ann, Jacob and Levi Greenhaw.
Siblings; Orval Cummings, Maxine Ruegesegger, and Carol Smelser; brothers and sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews
and adopted sister ; Elaine Stange. She was preceded in her home-going by her
husband; Larry in 2000, son Gregory in 1976; parents, Clayton and Stella Cummings;
sister, Dorothy Campbell and two unborn grandchildren. The family will receive friends
and family at Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road on Saturday at 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM; Sunday 1:00 until 8:00 PM . A celebration of her life will be held at Swartz Funeral Home on Monday, October 3,
2011 at 10:00 AM, Pastor Dan Louman officiating. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions to McLaren Hospice.
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