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Reservations for 2017 Banquet

Doris Cool Gildner
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  Mary Jane (McGowan) Borgioli was born in West Branch, MI on June 16, 1917 to the late Irving G. and Beatrice (Hutchins) McGowan. She passed away in Essexville, MI on April 27, 2016. Her husband, Edmond H. Borgioli, preceded her in death on December 6, 2000. Mary Jane graduated from West Branch High School and attended Marywood Academy in Grand Rapids. She was formerly a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Standish where she was in the choir and taught Sunday school. She has been a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City since 1955 and was formerly in its Altar Guild. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Standish. She is survived by her daughter Katherine M. (Leo) Borrello and her beloved granddaughter Monica Borrello as well as a niece Janet Atton, a nephew Robert McGowan, two great nieces Charity Atton and Emily (Jonathan) Harmon, great-great niece Lily Atton-Doornbos, a great- great nephew Grayson Atton-Doornbos and a sister-in-law Evelyn Todtenhagen. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert C. and Richard I. McGowan.
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ANDERSON, Gladys V. August 11, 2012 Beloved wife of the late Frank P. Cherished mother of Lynn (Robert) Frech and the late Bonnie (George) Oliver. Adored grandmother of Daryl and Ryan Oliver. Proud great-grandmother of Matthew, Betsy and Jane. Loving sister of Lawrence and Wellesley Vogan. Four brothers and two sisters predecease her. Caring aunt to many nieces and nephews.
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SARGENT, Jack G. Sr. Passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014 with his wife of 74 years, Florence, by his side. Jack was 97 years old.
 Jack was born in West Branch, MI on Jan. 21, 1917. He attended West Branch High School, graduating in the class of 1935.
 He was a WW II veteran and worked for Standard Oil until his retirement.
 Besides his wife, Florence, he is survived by son, Jack (Beth) of Michigan; daughter, Sue (Gary) Smith of Nebraska; eight grandchildren and seven great-grand-children. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pinellas Park. He will be greatly missed by all.
                                               

Donald Morrison
Geraldine Tulloch Bertovick
Paul Chase
Kenneth Greer
Kenneth Sheppard
Cleo Priest Darling
Lucy Brindley
Benjamin Schlichter
Erma Burt
Rena Hadley Benjamin
Doris Cool Gildner
Marion Combs Link
Howard Densmore
Claudia Bell
 Horsell McLeod
Ernest Husted
Mary Jane McGowan Dorgioli
Helen McGowan Lennington
William Moyle
Genevieve Morse Clark
Nina Lee Nieman Corey
George Munson
Jack Parliament
Thelma Rosebrough Sheppard
Lois Pray Everette
Jack Sargent
Gladys Vogan Anderson
Fred Schliter
James Wier
Carvel Wolfson
Orlin Rakestraw
Mildred Withey Mason

Carvel Wolfson

 

Carvel Wolfson, 96, of Gladwin, passed away n Saturday, July 21, 2012. Carvel was born on Sept. 23, 1915, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Frank and Lottie (Pearlman) Wolfson. They resided in Central Michigan where he grew up and graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1935.

Although he participated in many activities, such as basketball and football, Carvel was most proud of becoming an Eagle Scout. He attended Michigan State University. After that, he surveyed roads for the state highway department. While in West Branch he met Mildred Goldberg, a school teacher, and they married. When World War II began, Carvel signed up with the Army Air Force.

Returning from Europe after the war, the Wolfsons settled in Gladwin and he began a career working and later managing Goldberg’s Department Store. Carvel worked hard, as did Millie, raising three children. He loved sports and enjoyed them with his family and friends. Carvel and Millie were very civic minded.

Carvel did a tremendous amount of work for the community of Gladwin. He was a member of the school board for many years. He was on the MidMichigan Hospital Board and was instrumental in providing the area with a hospital, as well as being part of the Gladwin Development Corporation and Gladwin Heritage project.

Although Carvel was not a Mason, he received the Edgar A. Guest Masonic Award for Community Service in recognition of outstanding service to the community, which exemplifies the concern for the well-being of mankind and of belief in worldwide brotherhood of man. The Rotary and Lions Club also honored him for his service.

He and Mildred both received Certificates of Leadership from the United Way. The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund honored him for his loyal and unselfish dedication to our veterans and their families. So did the Central Michigan Jewish Community. Carvel was also presented “Man of the Year” by the Gladwin Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding service to Gladwin County.

As a parent, grandparent and great-grandparent, he was loving and encouraging, and did it all with a sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mildred Goldberg Wolfson.

He is survived by his three children, Charles (Merle), Jane Poliakoff, and Sam (Randee); six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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Mildred Mason, 94, of Midland passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, going peacefully in her sleep while surrounded by family and close friends at home. Born Mildred Withey in Prescott, Michigan on Jan. 29, 1917, she spent her life in Michigan, from working on the family farm with her siblings to being on the manufacturing line in Flint’s auto factories during World War II to having a family with her husband. On Feb. 13, 1944, she married Arnold Mason and then built their home in Skidway Lake, Michigan where they raised their three children, Douglas, Debra, and Dennis. Ever the strong and independent woman, after Arnold passed away in 1984, Mildred lived on her own in that same house for years where her children and their families visited regularly. She loved spending time with her loved ones, always welcoming her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in with a big smile and the promise of food. Always referring to herself in the third person as “Gramma,” many weekend mornings were spent with her grandkids cooking pancakes from scratch from her very own recipe. For the last five years of her life, she lived most of her time with her son, Douglas, in Midland, Michigan, and spent many winters with her daughter, Debra, in Florida. She loved recalling extraordinarily detailed stories about her life, which spanned nearly a century, and was even telling jokes up until her last day with us. She will be missed greatly by her surviving family: sisters, Edwina and Viola Hawley; sister-in-law, Twila May; son, Douglas Mason; daughter, Debra (Dale) Sova; seven grandchildren, Russell Mason, Ryan Mason, David Mason, Marissa Mason, Michael (Christina) Sova, Stephanie (Brian) Belanger, and Melissa Sova; two great-grandchildren, Jillian Sova and Patrick Belanger; and friend and caretaker, Linda L. Prince. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arnold, and her son, Dennis on Mar. 15, 1997.
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Orlin E. Rakestraw, 92 of Coldwater went to be with his Lord Sunday December 13, 2009 at Bronson Methodist Hospital Kalamazoo, MI. Orlin was born July 25, 1917 in Lupton Michigan to Ernest and Avice (Zellars) Rakestraw. He married Lorene V. Blackledge April 12, 1940 in Lupton MI.
He was a member of the Gideonfs and the Church of the Nazarene in Coldwater, he taught boys Sunday school for many years. He was Ovid Twp. Treasurer for many years also he was a driver for meals of wheels; He loved to walk, up to 4 or 5 miles a day. He once tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and he loved to watch all sports. Orlin farmed and sold real estate in Lupton MI. Orlin & Lorene moved to Coldwater in 1965 from Lupton. He worked for Michigan Animal Breeders of East Lansing and served the farmers in Branch Co. In 1974 he began work as a real estate salesman for Laney Realty and later Steffey Realty. He sold real estate in Branch Co. until he was 80 years old. He loved to help people and was a great Christian husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Survivors include his wife Lorene, 5 Daughters: Carol (Rev. Duane) Rice of Canton OH, Virginia Weidinger of Louisville OH, Lorna (Gary) Putman of Saginaw MI, Ardis (Duff) Streeter of Lupton, MI and Neva (John) Lounds of Coldwater, MI. Several Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Preceded in death by a brother, sister, son-in-law and grandson.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wed. December 16, 2009 at the Church of the Nazarene in Coldwater, MI with Pastor Robert Tharp officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7p.m. Tues December 15, 2009 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater, MI. Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thurs, December 17, 2009 at Lane Heights Cemetery in Lupton, MI. Memorials may be made to the Gideonfs 
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February 27, 2009
Orlin sent us a note of times past..
A nice way to remember him.
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I came in 1934 to stay with my Grandpa Orlin Rakestraw, County Treasurer. He died in 1934.
I drove from Lupton as a senior and hauled in other kids along the way.
I graduated in 1935.
I made some good friends along the way..
Sorry about Wynne Steuernol..he was a friend at all times.
Orlin
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A.F. Lucas, Supt
Mildred Blumenthal, Class Sponsor
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Jack Parliament...Class of 1935
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DECEASED CLASSMATES

Gladys Vogan Anderson
(8/11/2012)

Jack G. Sargent Sr.
(May 25, 2014)
 
Marion Combs Link
(July 2007)
 
Orlin Rakestraw
(December 13, 2009)
 
Kenneth Shepard
 (April 15, 2006)

Claudia Bell Horsell McLeod

Erma Burt
 (1998)

Paul Chase

Howard Densmore

Kenneth Greer

Ernest T. Husted
(12/11/1967-Age 52)

Donald Morrison
(January 28,2005)

Genevieve Morse Clark
(1990)

George W. Munson
(2/2/1974-Age 58-WW2 Veteran)

Jack Parliament
(1990)

Lois Pray Everitt
(12/26/1977-Age 60) 

Thelma Rosebrugh Shepard
(November 3,2004)

Fred Schliter
(1999)
 
James Weir
(1993)

Rena Bradley Benjamin
 (2003)
 
Helen McGowan Lennington