Chester Surline, Supt.
Hollis Miner, Principal
Gerald Drabek, Class President
Gloria Larson, Class Advisor
Robert DeMatio, Class Advisor
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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
Margaret "Peggy" Husted
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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|Howard and Sonya Melrose 50th Anniversary
|August 14, 2011
|Richard Cowles Class of 1954
COWLES, Richard Lee In Loving Memory Richard Cowles, born on March 11, 1937 in
West Branch, Michigan, died on the evening of February 7, 2011. Richard was a graduate of West Branch High School, West Branch,
Michigan in the class of 1954. A resident of Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre, Richard passed away peacefully
with his wife Suzanne and children by his side. Richard is survived by his four children: Matthew (Denver, CO), Colin (Shanghai,
wife Wen, children Victor and Damaris), Christopher (Denver, CO, wife Jane and daughters Abigail and Sawyer) and Sara (Oceanside,
CA). He will also be missed by his sister Dana Halliburton and her sons Mike and Greg Schneider (Georgia). Richard met Suzanne
at the University of Michigan; this year they celebrated 51 years of marriage. Over the course of his career and the growth
of their family, they lived in Oregon, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Colorado and California before moving to Alberta. His work
with Armco Steel Corp. and National Supply Co. led them to Red Deer and finally to Edmonton, their home for the last 22 years.
A Civil Engineer by training, Richard held a series of management positions in manufacturing before moving into consulting
work. He was a former chairman of Edmonton and Northern Alberta Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a member of the Society
of Professional Engineers, and a former member of the Bissell Centre Board. In addition to being a loving husband and father,
a loyal son, brother and friend, Richard will be remembered for his sense of humor, his personal warmth and his fundamental
goodness of character. A Memorial Service to celebrate Richard's life will be held at Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209
- 123 Street, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2011. The family has requested that no flowers be sent, and suggests that
any donations be made to The Parkinson Society, The Diabetes Society, or the Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM). The family
would also like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the friends who have helped in so many ways in recent years and the
wonderful staff in unit 12Y at Edmonton General
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|Phyllis Winter Meiser..Class of 1954
From the Ogemaw County Herald
March 1, 2007...
WB native making a splash
Dick Hewson, a 1954 graduate of West Branch High School, has been making
a splash in Colorado for decades. Pictured here in a photo published Feb.15 by The Denver Post, he is surrounded by his children
and grandchildren. Hewson left Michigan in the mid-1960's, relocating to Loveland, Col. He coached football and track
in Michigan, but never taught swimming. His resume, though, included classes in water safety instruction and life-guarding,
and that was enough for the Loveland, Colorado School District to offer him a job in 1965 coaching its then-new swimming program.
For nearly four decades now, the "legendary swimming coach," as The Denver Post dubbed him, has been the patriarch of a family
that has produced numerous state champions and accomplished coaches in the sport. Hewson is the only swimming coach
ever inducted into the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.
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