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Reservations for 2017 banquet

Gerry Basham Falkner
Carol Priddy Curtis
Bob Brewer
Karen Nelson Brewer
Gaynol Denman Riley
Bob Turow
Nancy Rea Griffin
Richard Coates
Joyce Valley Denman
Grace Brindley Orr
John Walsh
Elaine Kaiser Hartwick
Larry & Vicky Blum Winslow
Gary & Barbara Good Hughey
Sharon Atherton
Dale Sheltrown
Harry Lester

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Chester Surline, Supt.
Hollis Miner, Principal
Dale Sheltrown, Class President
Dorothy Pointer, Class Advisor
Edwin Shiel, Class Advisor
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Roy Clifford Fox, son of Earl and Crystal Fox, passed away Oct. 23, 2017, in Myrtle Creek, Ore.

Roy was born Sept. 28, 1939, in Saginaw. He moved to West Branch at the age of 14, and graduated from West Branch High School class of 1958. After his graduation, Roy enlisted in the Marines. While serving his country he met his future wife, Lenore Thompson, also a Marine. They married January 1961 in Lexington Park, Md. They lived their first few years of marriage in West Branch then moved to Lenore’s hometown of Myrtle Creek, where they raised their five children. Roy was a loving husband, father and grandpa.

Roy is survived by his wife, Lenore, with 56 years of marriage; his daughters, Lana Jo Swaeze and Tracy Marie Fox; sons, Eric Earl Ren Fox and Kirt Royal Fox; brothers, Dan (Sandy) Needham of West Branch and Doug Friesorter of Essexville; sisters, Jean Fox (Flash) Myas and Coleen Fox of West Branch, Joan Fox (Dave) Lee of Gainesville, Texas, Rosalie Fox Baynham of Edgefield, S.C., and Pam Fox (Russ) Hilts of Rose City.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Crystal; daughter, Faye Irene Fox; and sisters, Shirley Fox, Earleen Fox and Delores St. Charles.

A memorial will be held in July near the ocean Roy enjoyed so well.
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Obituary for Robert "Bubba" Turow







Robert 'Bubba" Turow

Bay City, Michigan



Robert F. Turow, 77 of Bay City passed away peacefully on Monday, July 17, 2017. Our loving husband, father, grandfather “Bubba”, brother, uncle, cousin and friend went home to be with the Lord.

He was born in Detroit on August 3, 1939 to Frederick & Dorothy (Zimmerle) Turow. He graduated from West Branch High School in 1958 and joined the army later that same year. He served two years and was discharged in 1960.

On June 1, 1963, he married Sharon Harshman and they have two children. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Sharon, daughter Dawn son-in-law Andrew and their five children, Alex, Ian, Jonathan, Addy and Elyse. His son Glen, daughter-in-law Kathryn and their two children Nathan and Ella. A sister Donna & brother Denny of West Branch, brother-in-law Douglas and Judy Harshman of Rose City, brother-in-law Todd of Stockridge and many favorite nieces and nephews who were all dear to his heart as well as his many cousins and friends. Robert was predeceased by his mother and father, father -in-law Howard Harshman, a brother and sister-in-law Hubert and Gayle Harshman.

Bob retired from Delphi in 1993, and has been spending time with his grandchildren, following his passion for travel, and serving many agencies in the community. He started volunteering many years ago as the president of the PTA, then continued to volunteer with many organizations until a few weeks before his death. Habitat for Humanity and Good Samaritan Rescue Mission were his latest passion. We will miss him dearly.

A celebration of Robert’s life will be on Saturday July 22, 2017 at the Salvation Army Church at 401 Tenth St Bay City at 4pm. Family will be present at the church from 2pm till time of service.
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Norma Genevieve Finkbeiner Bedore, 76, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at West Branch Regional Medical Center. She lived in Gladwin since 1980, formerly of West Branch.
Norma was born Aug. 23, 1940, in Mount Clemens to Norman and Emma (LaFere) Finkbeiner. She worked for the Michigan Employment Security Commission for 27 years before her retirement. Norma served as a secretary of the Clement Township Friends of the Firefighters organization and quilting club, where she continued to be an active member. She volunteered for many community events and fundraising dinners. Norma was a member of the Secord Lake Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, serving as a past president and trustee. She was also a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch and the St. Joseph’s Council of Catholic Women. Norma loved to bowl and, up until her death, competed on her local bowling team. In her youth, Norma was an avid competitor in softball for many years. She was a truly exceptional woman with a profound faith, a great gift for empathy and a terrific sense of humor. Her love and support will surely be missed by many.
Norma is survived by her husband of 34 years, Bruce F. Bedore of Gladwin; sons, Norman (Jonna) Winter of Alger, David (Chris) Winter and Dennis (Carol) Winter, both of West Branch; daughters, Sherry (Mike) Galazin of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Carey (Vince) Ferrari of Ray; stepchildren, Brian (Denise) Bedore of Alger, Scott Bedore of Flint and Theresa (Dave) Aitkens of Burton; grandchildren, John Galazin, Mary (Justin) Galazin, Jedson (Emilee) Winter, Wayne (Priscilla) Winter, Tyler Winter (Kristin Fink), Kyle Winter, Frank Ferrari, George Ferrari and Jacob Ferrari; six step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces and nephews; and a wonderful network of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Emma; sister, Carly Tallman; and brothers, George Newell, Robert Newell, John Finkbeiner and Norman Finkbeiner.
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Elaine Joy (Hayes) Curtis, 77, formerly of West Branch, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, with her daughter by her side. She had been recently under constant hospice care for pain management of debilitating bone cancer in Sarasota, Fla., not far from her Englewood home shared with her partner, Bud.

Elaine was born Jan. 3, 1940 and graduated with the class of 1958 from West Branch High school.She is survived by her mother, Teresa Spencer of Sterling; her sister, Loraine Brindley of West Branch; brother, Dan (Sandy) Hayes of Westland; daughter, Cindy (Mike) Gildersleeve of West Branch; her son, John (Cindy) Curtis of Gladwin; grandchildren, Ashley of Prudenville, Nichole of West Olive and Justin of Oregon; also eight wonderful grandchildren and many other dear family members.

She was preceded in death by brothers, John, Richard and Jim Hayes; her husband, Carl E. Curtis; and granddaughter, Danyel Joy James.

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Delbert Gene Perkins, 77, class of 1958,passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at McLaren Bay Region. He lived in West Branch his entire life.

Delbert was born to Seaver and Ida (Olsen) Perkins in West Branch on March 7, 1939. He served in the Army from 1963-1965. Delbert married Doris Jackson in Rose City on Aug. 15, 1964. Together they owned and operated a dairy farm in West Branch and raised their family. Delbert coached Little League for 12 years. He also played softball and coached women’s softball as well. He spent time playing hockey at Eddie’s Pond at the corner of M-33 and M-55 and enjoyed watching most sports. His granddaughter was the highlight of his life.

Delbert is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Doris Perkins of West Branch; children, Gail (Frank Howey) Perkins of St. Helen and Mary (Bob) Bell of West Branch; granddaughter, Aubrey; sister, Betty Blaisus of Royal Oak; sisters-in-law, Janet Sowmick of West Branch, Clara (John) Pasko of Bay City and Millie Jackson of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and many nieces and nephews including the Perkins girls and Miller kids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Dorothy Miller and Annabelle Schleicher; and brother, Ken Perkins.

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Earl R. Benjamin, 76, of West Branch passed away Friday, March 25, 2016.

He was born on Dec. 10, 1939, in Ogemaw County, to Earl and Doris (Miller) Benjamin and lived his whole life in West Branch. Earl was a retired truck driver from Star Industries, and was currently working for the Rose City Greenhouse. Earl enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Earl is survived by his brothers, Raymond (Barbara) Benjamin and Arvid (Dava) Benjamin; nieces and nephews, Jeff (Karen) Benjamin, Susan Benjamin-White, Kristy Thrower, Christina (William) Caldwell, Brian (Lindsey) Morris, Timothy (Julie) Benjamin, Arvid Benjamin Jr. and Barbara (Dalton) Vallad; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and love of his life, Cathy Verellen

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Bob Turow, Bob Smith, John Walsh
Class of 1958
 
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55 Years Later
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Senior Class trip to Washington DC
Dale Sheltrown, Bob Steelman,
Bob Turow, Gary Lobsinger
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Bob Smith, Nelson Gelinas, John Walsh,
Bob Turow
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Harold and Rosella Walter Bragg Anniversary
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St.Joe High School Grads.

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Carol Priddy Curtis, Class of 1958 and husband David "Dutch" Curtis, Class of 1957
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Thank you to Geraldine Basham Falkner for providing us with Bob's obituary.
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                                      Dale C. Turner
 
.... age 69 of West Branch, passed away Friday, November 7, 2008 at his home. Dale had lived in West Branch all  his life...graduating from West Branch HIgh School with the class of 1958.
 He was a member of the Eagles of West Branch and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and doing the “neighborhood loop.”

Dale is survived by his wife, (Eldona) Jane (Brindley) Turner of West Branch, children, Mark Turner, Michael (Deb) Turner, Tim (Tracy) Turner, Karen Turner and Mary (Craig) VanWormer all of West Branch, grandchildren, Brittny, Kyle, Hannah, Jason (Bonnie), Tanner, Cassidy, Kevin and a great-granddaughter, Lillian. Also surviving is his half sister, Susan Vick. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kay, his parents, his sister Kay and his brother-in-law, Russ.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 14, 2008 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch. Fr. Robert Bissot will officiate.

Memorial Contributions will be used for a scholarship from West Branch High School in Dale’s name.

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DECEASED CLASSMATES


Elaine Hayes Curtis
(2017)

Joyce Gelinas Leslie
(St.Joe-7/30/08)
 
Bob Leslie
11/27/2010)
Carol Ann "Cookie" Nurss Miller
 (February 8,2010)
 
Dale C. Turner
(November 7, 2008)
 
Robert Steelman
 
Fred Shappee
 
Charles Folsum
(November 5, 2005)

 
Alice Schmitt Greene Bragg
(August 17, 2007)

Isbel Dresnky Fox
(July 2000)

Don Finerty
 (October 16, 2005)

Betty Fogarasi Hamilton
 (April 28, 1999)

William R. Thomas
(Deceased 1997)
 

Veragene Wilcox Overbay
 (March 23, 2002)
 
Leo Oaks
 
Rosemary Burkett Nelson
(November 27, 2007)
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July 11, 1940-Feb. 8, 2010

Carol Ann Nurss-Miller, 69, of Weidman passed away on Monday, February 8, 2010 at Woodland Hospice House.

Per Carol’s wishes, cremation has taken place with burial in Two Rivers Cemetery at a later date.   Memorial contributions may be made to Morey Cancer Center.  Envelopes will be available at the Clark Family Funeral Chapel.

Carol was born on July 11, 1940 in West Branch, the daughter of George and Guyda (Mott) Nurss.  She graduated from West Branch High School class of 1958, Bay City Junior College in 1960, and Mid Michigan Community College in 1980 as an EMT.  Carol married Vernon L. Miller on December 3, 1965 in Detroit.  She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for the State of Michigan Department of Mental Health for eighteen years at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center.  She also worked for Bay City Mercy Hospital, Plymouth State Home and Central Michigan Community Hospital. Carol was the first female fire fighter for the Sherman-Nottawa Fire Department and also an EMT.

Carol is survived by her husband, Vernon of Weidman; children, Jesse R. Miller of Mt. Pleasant and Julie A. (James) Wernette of Weidman; grandchildren, Madeline M. Wernette and Samuel S. Wernette, both of Weidman, and Savannah R. Miller of Mt. Pleasant; and sister, Betty M. (Spencer) Kemmer of Houghton Lake.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, George B. and Guyda E. Nurss; and her grandparents.

Rosemary Burkett Nelson..Class of 1958
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Alice Schmitt (Greene) Bragg
November 30, 1939-August 17, 2007

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Alice (Greene) Bragg passed away on Friday August 17th 2007 at the age of 67 after a long courageous fight against cancer.
Alice was born in West Branch on November 30th, 1939 to John and Ethel Schmitt. She graduated from High School in 1958 and moved to Bay City Michigan after marrying Ronald J. Greene on February 4th, 1961. Ronald and Alice returned to West Branch in approximately middle of the year 1970 after purchasing the Klacking Creek store. Alice worked for UPS from 1984 until retiring in 2002.
 In 2004 Alice married Robert Bragg and moved to Rose City.

Alice was a great Mother who raised two daughters as a single parent. She was a courageous woman who showed us all inner strength and steadfast will especially during the last 4 years when she beat cancer the first time and fought valiantly the second.

 Alice provided a safe loving home and could count on much needed help from her sisters and brothers. She enjoyed golfing, playing bingo, card games and spending time with her family.

 Even in her sickness Alice retained her sense of humor and independence.

Surviving are her children Lynette (Matt) Meiser of Fort Wayne Indiana and Rhonda Kaczynski of Auburn Michigan; step-children Stan (Shellie) Bragg of Fenton, Dawn( John ) Niedermiller of St. Clair Shores, Jerry of Chicago Illinois and Bobby of Clinton Township. Also surviving are five grandchildren Keegan, Kyra and Kiana Kaczynski of Auburn and Morgan and Noah Meiser of Fort Wayne Indiana, two step-grandchildren Kayla and Kelsey Bragg of Fenton. Also surviving, special friend James Little; Two brothers; Tobe (Joyce) Schmitt, Jerry (Jeanette) Schmitt, two sisters Mary (Albert) Miles, Betty (Charlie) Rau all from West Branch.

Alice Bragg was preceded in death by husbands Ronald Greene and Robert Bragg abd siblings Aleen DeRosa, Dean Schmitt and Robert Schmitt.

Memorials to Hospice Helping Hands or West Branch Humane Center Building Fund.

Keith & Joyce Hamilton Brindley
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50th Anniversary...


Back Row - Left to Right..Nancy Rea Griffin, Karen Nelson Brewer, Margaret Johnson Winter, Pat Scott Munn, Edwina Carscallen Abbott, Grace Brindley Orr..

Front Row - Left to Right..Linda Snyder Thurlow,Barbara Good Hughey, Evlyne Johnson Sheltrown,

Get-Together 2005...At Christmas time...
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Girls From The Class of 1958...Lookin' Good!

Mary Schultz Zettle
Robert Smith
Delbert Perkins
Carol Priddy Curtis
Bette Raymond Thompson
Nancy Rea Griffin
Joe Rieger
Pat Scott Munn
Jean Schuler Farley
Alice Schmitt Green
Gary Ritter
Florine Orchard Sappington
Carol Ann Nurss Miller
Douglas Norton
 Ruth Niswonger Szpeich
Harriet Moss Carter
Charles Mays
Joan Lucas Petry
Leo Oakes
Barbara M. Good Rouse
Lawrence Grezeszak
Elaine Neubecker Brennen
Karen Nelson Brewer
Jim Little
Gary Lobsinger
James Sutherland
JoAnn Klemmer Green
Elaine Kaiser Hartwick
Margaret Johnson Winter
Linda Snyder Thurlow
Charles Stahlbusch
Lowell Stevenson
Bob Steelman
Bob Turow
Jerry Vincent
Carrol Velte Hacht
Joyce Valley Denman
Dale Turner
William Thomas
Bessie Thomas Engel
Jerry Noffsinger
Sharon Utter Prevo
Victoria Blum Winslow
Ronald Walter
John Walsh
Larry Winslow
Veragene Wilcox Overbay
Rosemary Burkett Nelson
Barbara Benjamin Turland
Geraldine Basham Falkner
William Austin
Edwina Carscallen Abbott
Nancy Brick Walters
Grace Brindley Orr
Robert Brewer
Mary Bohlinger Kozuch
Don Finerty
Audrey Detzler Craft
Gaynol Denman Riley
Charles Combs
Dick Coats
June Gardner Gallivan
Charles Folsom
Betty Fogarasi Hamilton
Norma Jean Finkbeiner Bedore
Dan Everitt
Isbel Drensky Fox
Barbara J. Good Hughey
Judith Gillies Wintermute
Barbara Gibbs Cordova
Nelson Gelinas
Fred Shappee
Dale Sheltrown
Allen Smith
Pamela Smith Balfoue
Harry Lester
Bob Leslie
Evelyne Johnson Sheltrown
Gary Hughey
Barry Hughes
Elaine Hayes Curtis
Roy Fox
Sharon Atherton
Joyce Hamilton Brindley
Harold Bragg
Rosella Walters Bragg-St.Joe
 
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