Reservations Made For The Alumni Banquet 2021
Betty Eastman Waldie
Chester Surline, Supt.
Hollis Miner, Principal
Virgil Curtis, Class President
Dorothy Pointer, Class Advisor
Allan Murray, Class Advisor
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(Wade )Joseph (Joe) Greene passed away in
2015. He went to school at St.Joe in his early school years... . Left West Branch High School in his sophomore
year and joined the Marines.
obituary at this time.)
Rosalie Adrian Thorsen
Ruth Baldwin Wolcott
Donna Good Petrovish
Sue Korbein Smith
Joan Benjamin Daniels
Arlene Scheick Smith
Marlene Dubuis Slosser
Marjorie Meir Rey-Fraufe
Marthalee Cross Novak
Patricia Cohen Mattes
Betty Eastman Taylor
Alberta Kerblewski Gage
Donna Sharrow Watz
Lorraine Ehinger Zimmerman
Barbara Jackson Beckwith
Jennie Stillwagon Raymond
Joyce Brewer Drabek Serschen
Lorraine Toutant Illig
Martha Middleton Doneff
Dolores Brownell Gillies
Kay Leone Cowan Belanger
Mary Kay Ruh Wilcox
Janice Harris Arnold
Marie Parmentier Boren
Mildred Partlo Jones
Carmen Snyder St. Onge
Marian Peurach Hewson
Nora Jane Schaaf Martin
Maxine Kelly Jackson
Marquieta Walters Sheppard
Carol Reetz Wazny
Sally Johnson Schagel
Dawn Spencer Kennedy
Gordon L. Holly
Maxine Ann Kelly Jackson
September 9th, 1935 - July 2nd, 2020
Age: 84 years
Maxine Ann Kelly Jackson, age 84, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at MidMichigan Medical Center in West Branch.
She was born on September 9, 1935 in Flint to Clare and Agnes (Chrivia) Kelly. Maxine lived in West Branch for most of her
life. She attended West Branch High School and graduated in the class of 1955. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed sewing
and tending to her flower garden.
Maxine is survived by her sons, Russell (Tammy) Bennett of Stafford, VA, Joseph (Susan Schnurle) Bennett of Scottsbluff,
NE, Brian (Eva) Bennett of Denver, CO and Michael (Dawn) Jackson of West Branch; 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren
and 1 great great grandchild; and brothers, Joseph Kelly of Stafford, VA and Byron (Karen) Kelly of Huffman, TX. She is preceded
in death by her parents, husbands, John Roger Bennett and Russell Jackson, sister, Sally Crawford and daughter-in-law, Paula
Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Sunday, July 5, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to
6:00 p.m. A Graveside Service will be on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Brookside Cemetery in West Branch.
Visitation for Maxine will be held with precautions due to the current pandemic, limiting the number of attendees at a
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Ogemaw County Humane Society.
Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com
Charles Niles Grezeszak, age 82, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, March 22, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on July 12, 1937 to Joseph Martin and Myrtle Mae (Munn) Grezeszak in West Branch, MI.
He owned and operated a dairy farm in Lupton, MI. He enjoyed time with his dog Teddy, gardening, feeding the birds, golf
cart rides, hunting, fishing, bowling, his passion for truck driving and especially time with his family.
Charles is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Joyce Grezeszak, daughter Tamara (Vern) Weller, son Cary (Tamara)
Grezeszak, son Joseph Grezeszak, daughter Jenniffer Grezeszak, grandchildren Alexandra (Brent) Wangler, Vern Weller III, Caleb
Grezeszak, Emily Cline, Hannah Cline, and great grandchildren Wyatt Wangler, Cayden Wangler, Logan Wangler, Katie Wangler,
sister Beverly Schneider of Rose City, brother Junior Grezeszak of Texas, brother in law Steven Kartes of Bay City, several
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother in law Ervin Schneider, mother in law
Hazel Kartes, father in law John Kartes and sister in law Janith Kaplaniak.
Per family request, cremation has taken place.
A memorial will be held at a later date.
Charlie Jay Schagel, age 76 of Prescott, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013 at his home. Charlie
was born on the farm on State Road in Prescott, He graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1955. and
was a proud owner and operator of the Schagel’s Dairy Farm, a 4th generation Centennial Farm. He enjoyed hunting, fishing,
fixing tractors and working on the farm. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Charlie is survived by his daughters, Vicki (Mark) Rau of West Branch, Kathy (Doyle) David and Pam (Tony) McArthur
both of Prescott and Rose Shiel of Escanaba, his grandchildren Christen (Travis) Ockerman, Michael (Jackie) Rau and Kelli
Rau, Greg (Sharon) David, Jenny Schmitt, Deven (April) David, Janelle Brindley, Kelby Brindley, Hayden Brindley and Kenneth
Shiel, and his great-grandchildren, Rayleigh Ockerman, Westyn Ockerman, Kenley Rau, Kyler Schmitt, Karter Schmitt, Kade Schmitt,
Grant David, Gage David, Gavin David and Logan Denby. Also surviving is his sister Eva Mae Loomis and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Sheila Joyce Schagel, his parents, Elmer Jay and Lillian Elizabeth (Cox) Schagel, his
brother Lawrence “Bud” Schagel and his brother-in-law Jack Loomis.
Age 75 years, died Saturday, September
15, 2012 at her home with her family by her side. She was born April 22, 1937 to the late Clifton J. and Lois M. (Davis) Demerest
in West Branch. Dee has resided in Bay County with her husband, Gale for most of her life. For 20 years, she was partner and
office manager of Sullivan Real Estate. Dee was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, and a member of St. Vincent de Paul
Altar Society. In her younger years, she was employed with Michigan Bell Telephone and was one of the last keyboard operators.
On October 26, 1957 she married Gale Sullivan in West Branch and he survives along with their two children: Kathleen (Andrew)
Basgall of Georgetown, KY, Michael Sullivan of Tampa, FL; two grandchildren: Brian (Jennifer) Basgall, Erin Basgall (and special
friend, Brennen Michael); two great-grandchildren: Jake and Silas Basgall; her sister: Linda (Guy) Fisk of Asheville, NC;
and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Dee was preceded in death by her brother: James (Beverly) Demerest, and
her sister: Julie Kimball. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 10: 00 am in St. Vincent
de Paul Church. Dee will lie in state in church Tuesday after 9:00 am. Rev. Robert J. Meissner will preside and interment
will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Branch. Memorial contributions may be designated for Heartland Hospice. Visiting hours
with the family will be Monday from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm with the Vigil Prayer Service at 7:00 pm in the W. A. Trahan Funeral
Chapel. Online condolences: www.trahanfc.com
Thomas J. (Jake) Zettel
(July 18, 1936
- September 13, 2012)
Thomas Jacob (Jake) Zettel ,(class of 1956 West Branch High school) passed away on September
13, 2012 at Select Specialty Hospital in Saginaw. Jake married Connie Schliter on June 10, 1961. Jake lived all his life in
West Branch except for three years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany where he was in communications and played soccer.
He was later recalled to active duty and served in the Army reserve. Jake retired from Coca Cola after 36 years, then working
for BZ Patch and Pave for 9 years and Mid-Michigan Paving Company for 4 years. Jake was a member of the West Branch Volunteer
Fire Dept. for 60 years. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge, the Knights of Columbus and Holy Family Catholic Church.
He was an avid sports fan including NASCAR, an Ogemaw Heights Falcon supporter and rarely missed his children or grandchildrens
high school or college sports events. He enjoyed playing cards, deer hunting and being with family. His morning routine was
a trip to Schmitt’s Tire, Mac’s for breakfast, West Branch Diesel and Rau’s Cedar Land Dairy Farm.
Jake is survived by four children, Thomas R. (Amy) Zettel, Todd J. (Karen) Zettel, Terry A. (Carrie) Zettel,
and Janey K. (Mike) Singer. He is also survived by grandchildren, Brandon (Ashley) Zettel and Courtney (Dan) McVeigh, Trevor
and Robbie Zettel, Kyle, Jenna, Anthony and Easton Zettel, Max and Quinn Singer, step-grandchildren, Michelle and Madaline
Munoz. Also, great-grandchildren Khloe Zettel, Braden and Cora Zettel. He is also survived by his brothers Richard Zettel
of Winter Haven FL. and William Zettel of West Branch and his sisters, Joan Poling, Janet (Barry) Wilkinson and Joyce Nelander
all of West Branch and a special friend, Nancy Kelley of Oklahoma.
Jake was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Connie, on January 26, 2007 and his infant daughter Kim
on December 2, 1972, his mother Margaret Reetz Zettel and father Paul Gabriel Zettel. Also, his sister-in-law Eileen Zettel
and brothers-in-law Stacy Poling, John Tobin, Jim Nelander and Terry Schliter.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Branch.
Marlene Dubuis Slosser, graduated from West Branch High School, West Branch, Michigan, with the
class of 1955.
Living in Linwood, Michigan, Mrs. Slosser age, 74 loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away Friday
September 7, 2012 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. She was born on March 23, 1938 in Linwood, Michigan to the late Emery
and Clara (Weaver) Dubuis. She married Roy (Buck) Slosser on October 27, 1956 in Saginaw, Michigan. He survives her. Marlene
enjoyed flower gardens, and spending time with her nieces, but most of all spending time with her family. Surviving besides
her husband of 55 years are their children; David (Linda), Sandra Torres, Ronald, and Daniel (Cheryl), eight grandchildren
Amanda (Matt), Ryan (Brandi), Jennifer, Tiffany (Patrick), Robert, Jeff (Krystal), Matthew, and Sarah, and a great granddaughter
Madison, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four sisters and two brothers. A Memorial Service will be held
Monday September 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm from the Rivertown Funeral Chapel with Fr. Chester Pilarski presiding with inernment
to follow. Friends may call on Monday from 3 pm until time of service.
Benny Leo Meir, age 59 of West Branch, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at West Branch Regional
Medical Center. Benny had lived in West Branch for all of his life and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was
also a member of the Moose Lodge and the Eagles of West Branch. He enjoyed working in the woods, building construction, logging,
shuffleboard, darts, pool shooting and gardening.
Benny is survived by his siblings, Marjorie (Juan) Rey-Froufe of Kingsville, Ontario, Vernon Meir of Prescott,
Linda (Harold) Stephens of West Branch and Leona (David) Dezsi of Southgate, his daughter, Beth (Mike Laier) Meyst of West
Branch, granddaughters, Hailey Laier and Noelle Laier and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Leo and Ailene Meir, his sister Helen Reetz and his soul mate Bunny Meyst.