Reservations made for Alumni Banquet 2021
Althea Cascadden Phillips
Nancy Blancher Finerty
Chester Surline, Supt.
Hollis Miner, Principal
Alan Murray, Class Advisor
Louise Turner, Class Advisor
* * * * * *
Judy Lebzelter Jameson-President
Mike Winter-Vice President
Cheri Nadeau Wright-Treasurer
Nancy Good Hughey-Secretary
Janet Anderson Eymer
Nancy Blancher Finerty
Janet Bradley Dudock
Patricia Bray Inman
Kay Carscallen Kaepp
Althea Cascadden Phillips
Joyce Cole Mullis
Phyllis Evilsizer Head
Rosalie Fox Baynham
Barbara Goff Hanes
Deanna Grabner Thomas
Jean Hagelstein Brindley
Nancy Harris Hagaman
Leona Hill Stahl
Janet Jackson Sowmick
Patricia Klacking Noffsinger
Sally Lucas DeVries
Mary Marchinski Pfeiffer
Maxine Markle Fisher
Joyce Miller Walters
Kale Ann Oberlin Reis
Rosalie Peck Stewart
Janet Pointer Carrick
Anne Raymond Smith
Joan Remilong Walters
Caroline Salinski Hoard
Dorothy Spencer Shutter
Gloria Steelman Eldred
Peggy Stillwagon Flynn
Marilyn Towner Morgan
Roberta Trout Smith
Frances Valley Nagy
Marjorie Winslow Mueller
Patricia Bray Inman
Phyllis Evilsizer Head
Norman "Butch" Painter, age 81, passed away on Feb. 6, 2021 at Advent Hospital in Davenport, Fla. with his wife
and his son at his side.
He was born in Highland Park on Sept. 13, 1939 to William and Grace Painter and they later moved to West Branch. He is
survived by his wife, the former Judy Ruegsegger, whom he married on Sept. 21, 1962; his daughter, Nikki Painter Stilwell
(Phil) and grandson Hunter Stilwell of Midland; his son, Eric Painter of Grand Ledge; granddaughter, Lauren Painter of Grand
Rapids; and grandson, Mitchell Painter of Ann Arbor.
Butch was predeceased by his parents; his step-mother, Margaret; and his only brother, "Billy."
Butch graduated from West Branch High School in 1957. He attended Flint Junior College prior to entering the military
in 1959. He was a proud member of the 101st Airborne and was stationed in Ft. Campbell, Ky. After completing his service,
Butch worked as a parts manager from the 1960s until he retired in 2002. He and his family moved to East Tawas in 1973. The
majority of that time, he was employed by Roger McIntosh Chevrolet Cadillac in East Tawas.
Butch was a past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge No. 2525 and was Elk of the Year in 1993-94. He was also a past Commander
of the American Legion Post No. 211. He was a volunteer at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital.
Butch dearly loved his wife and they enjoyed 58 years together. He loved his children and his grandchildren and was extremely
proud of all their accomplishments. He also enjoyed being with his large Ruegsegger family.
Butch was a proud veteran and you rarely saw his without his 101st Airborne hat. He loved to fish, especially with his
grandkids, hunt, travel, and golf, and finally got a hole-in-one in 2015 in Florida. He was a died-in-the-wool Detroit Tiger
fan. He attended Detroit Tigers Fantasy Camp in 2007 and it was one of the highlights of his life. He spent 17 winters in
Florida near Lakeland which gave him the opportunity to work for the Tigers during Spring Training. A "job" he thoroughly
A memorial service with a Elks remembrance service will be held at Buresh Funeral Home on Saturday, June 12 at 11 a.m.
His family will welcome friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service. He will be laid to
rest immediately following the service at the American Legion Cemetery in East Tawas with full military honors.
* ** * * * * * ** *
Thomas Russell Schmitt, age 84, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at The Villa at West Branch. He was born on April
16, 1936 in West Branch to Russell and Theresa ;Irene; (Green) Schmitt. Tom lived in West Branch all of his life, attending
St. Joseph High School... On October 12, 1957, he married Janet Bragg in West Branch.
Tom served in the United States Army from 1959-1961 with the USA Polar R&D Center, specifically moving supplies across
Greenland to Camp Century. He was a lifelong member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed
photography, hunting, fishing, woodworking, playing cards, working around on his tractor and helping his neighbors. Tom took
pride in his garden and won many awards for his produce at the Ogemaw County Fair. He especially cherished all of his time
spent with his family and friends.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Janet Schmitt of West Branch; children, Rusty (Mary) Schmitt of West Branch,
Randy (Vonnie) Schmitt of Rose City, and Rose Wiltse of Rose City; grandchildren, Amber (Bobby) Bonnell, Victoria Schmitt,
Tommy Schmitt, Miranda Schmitt, Richard Schmitt, Joshua (Mayra) Schmitt, Lynn (Francis) Wilson, and Brittany Wiltse; great
grandchildren, Clint, Ari, Clay, Easton, Bradley and Matthew; brother, James (Diane) Schmitt of West Branch; and brother-in-law,
Dallas Ostrander. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Phyllis Ostrander.
Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 3:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m. A private funeral mass will be held.
Visitation will be held with precautions, due to the current pandemic, limiting the number of attendees at a given time.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Catholic School
Donald Frank Gibbs, 79, of Onondaga passed away surrounded by his family Aug. 22, 2018.
Donald was born in West
Branch on March 9, 1939, the son of (William) Frank and Helen (Rambour) Gibbs. He was a graduate of West Branch High School
and Michigan State University. Donald started Gibbs Berryland in 1971 with his wife Josephine “Jo.” Together they
ran the business for 34 years side by side, growing strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and various other fruits, but he
frequently said, “The best crop Jo and I raised were our three children.” He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren,
dancing with Jo and watching the MSU women’s basketball team play. Most important to him were traveling and continuing
to learn and experience the world. After retiring, Don and Jo traveled more frequently, reaching five of the seven continents
at least once. He wished he had retired sooner so that he could have made it to all seven.
Donald is survived by his
children, Judy (Joseph) Ferraro of Durham, N.C., Ginger (Andrew) Shay of Brooklyn, Mich., and Gregory (Kendra) Gibbs of Raleigh,
N.C.; grandchildren, JD Ferraro, Mary Jo Ferraro, Elizabeth Ferraro, Ethan Shay, Callum Gibbs, Georgia Gibbs and Clara Gibbs;
sister, Barb Cordova; two nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Gibbs; and infant son.
Anne Marie age 79, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Green Acres Assisted Living. A Memorial Service
for Anne will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 5 p.m. at Clark Family Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Wally Hostetter officiating.
A luncheon will immediately follow in the Reflections Reception Center. The family will receive friends on Friday beginning
at 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Widow's Might Ministry International. Envelopes
will be available at the funeral chapel. Anne was born on January 1, 1939, in West Branch, the daughter of Joseph and Marie
(Norris) Raymond. She married Audley "Barney" Smith on April 18, 1959, in Alma. Barney preceded her in death in
2012. Anne was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Alma, and worked for the Fabric Center in Alma for many years. She
enjoyed sewing, painting, and interior design. Anne is survived by her children: Denise (Thomas) Anthony of Mt. Pleasant,
Joseph (Terisa) Smith of Lake, and Marcia (Jack) Burch of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers
James Raymond of Cheboygan, John (Diane) Raymond of Minnesota, Michael Raymond of Rose City; 2 sisters Bette Thompson of Rose
City, and Connie (Don) Wolfgang of West Branch. Anne was preceded in death by her husband and her sister Bonnie Johnson
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Janet Marie (Jackson)
Sowmick, 79, of West Branch passed away peacefully at her home on June 12, 2018.
Janet was born on January 22, 1939 in West Branch to Clare & Marjorie (Bedtelyon) Jackson.
She lived there most of her life except for the years she lived in Pinconning with her husband, Lawrence (Chief) Sowmick
Janet was very active with the
Girl Scouts when she lived in Pinconning. She graduated from SVSU in 1989 with her teaching degree and retired from the Gerrish-Higgins
school district in 2002. She was very active at the senior center and the Red Hat Society after moving back to West Branch.
She also especially enjoyed baking for the Ogemaw County Fair and earned many Best of Show ribbons.
Janet is survived by her children, Kittie Lou (Ray) Thibault of Alger, Claire (Mike) Dunnigan
of Plymouth, sisters Clara (John) Pasko of Bay City, Doris Perkins of West Branch and Millie Jackson of Alabama. She is also
survived by her 7 beloved grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Janet was preceded in death by her husband, her sister Barbara Beckwith and her son David.
Albert H. Miles, age 77, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at West Branch Regional Medical Center. He had lived
in West Branch since 1995, formerly of Oxford, MI. Albert was born to Harold and Cora Miles in Alpena, MI on August 23,
1937. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #2022. Albert enjoyed fishing,
hunting, going to Mac’s Place, spending time with his family, and helping anyone in need.
Albert is survived by his children,
Larry (Cheryl) Miles of West Branch, Terry (Janette) Miles of West Branch, and Albert (Christy) Miles Jr. of Farwell, MI;
grandchildren: Nolan, Chelsea, Shayne, Kyle, Kaylyn, Aleesa, Travis, and Brandi; great grandchildren: Aniston, Hadley,
Olive, Ivy, and Colin; sisters: Beverly (Max) Breault of Gladwin, MI and Betty Hoskins of Howell, MI; brothers: Lloyd
(Linda) Miles of Gladwin, MI and Gary (Terri) Miles of Flint, MI. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mary in
2011, and brother, John.
Obituary for Patricia Ann Noffsinger
Patricia Ann Klacking Noffsinger,class of 1957, age 76, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at West Branch
Regional Medical Center. She had lived in West Branch, MI for most of her life. Patricia was born to Wallace and Bessie
(Munn) Klacking in Garden City, MI on October 1, 1939. On January 28, 1961 she married Gerald Noffsinger in West Branch.
Patricia was a member at the West Branch Church of Nazarene and she enjoyed catering and was active in helping out the community
with activities. She also was involved…
with sporting events for her children and grandchildren.
Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 54 years,
Gerald Noffsinger; children, Michael Noffsinger, Mark (Vicki) Noffsinger, Jeri (Steve) Noffsinger-Olsen, Cheryl Noffsinger,
Karen (Todd) Zettel, and Susan (Ed) Schwiderson; grandchildren, Vanessa (Brandon), Michael, Nathan (Holley), Logan, Raelynn
(Mike), Melissa, Joshua, Amanda (Nic), Sarah, Emily (Dan), Levi, Chalsie (Carlos), Nicholas, Olivia, Noah, Tyson (Marissa),
Tayler, Nicholas, Mark, Sara, Trevor (Chandler), Robie, Eddie, Bradly, and Ryan; great grandchildren, Johnathan, Elaina, Gavin,
Joey, Dayton, Jayden, Erin, Landon, Lola, LaelyAnna, Lucia, Brom, Makell, NaKaiyah, Addie, Trenten, Trace, Khloe, and Ryker;
brother, Thomas (Brenda) Klacking; sister, Mary Hughes; brother in laws, Jim Noffsinger, Earl (Jean) Noffsinger, Jeff Noffsinger,
and Joe (JoAnn) Noffsinger; sister in laws, Judy (Bob) Kabbes and JoEllen (Terry) Wangler; and many nieces and nephews. She
is preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Bessie Klacking, brother, Ronald Klacking, sister in law, Jackie Gildner,
and parents in law, Earl and Dorothy Noffsinger.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later time.
Daniel Benjamin, age 76, of Clio, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015,
at Hurley Medical Center . Dan was born in Flint on December 3, 1938
and was the son of the late James and Jessie Benjamin. He was a minister
of Community of Christ Church since 1960. Mr. Benjamin retired from the
insurance industry after 35 years. He was a veteran of the United
States Air Force. Dan was a very loving father, grandfather and dear
friend to many.
are daughters, Lori and husband John Addison, shelly and husband Robert
Gase; 2 grandchildren, Colton Addison and Caroline Gase; and sister
Joan Wooderson of Florida. Dan was preceded in death by 2 brothers,
Fred and Don.
Ross officiated at the funeral service which was held 3:00 p.m. Sunday,
May 17, 2015, at the Swartz Funeral home, Flint, Michigan with
cremation taking place following the service.
Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:33 pm
Gary L. Conrad, 75, of Gladwin, died peacefully at Horizon Senior Living in Gladwin, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015,
after a long illness. He was born in West Branch, MI on June 15, 1939 to the late Theo (Hartwick) and Francis Conrad. Gary
served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 21, 1963 and was honorably discharged on March 31, 1968.
Gary liked to travel, go camping and fishing, and did lots of woodworking. He also spent lots of time with
family, friends, and telling stories.
Gary is survived by his wife Kay Conrad, and his three children; Brain and his wife Mandy,
of Spring, TX; Cheryl Francis of Hope, MI, and Craig, of Spring, TX. He also has three grandsons: Devin and Caiden Conrad
and Christian Francis. He is also survived by his sister Charlene Allison and his sister-in-law Ann Conrad, and several nieces
and nephews. He was preceded in death by his late wife, Hope Conrad, his brother Daryl Conrad, and his parents Theo and Francis
|Class of 1957
Gerald Edward Woughter was born February 14, 1939 and passed away on March 27, 2012.
He graduated from West Branch High School, West Branch, Michigan with the class of 1957.
He was an Architectural
Supply Salesman for over 20 years and lived in the San Diego County area for over 50 years.
Gerald is survived by his
Daughter Kristine Woughter and 5 brothers.
Gerald will be laid to rest in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego,
Gerald was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Rest in Peace Gerald.
Leo A. Gussman died March 26, 2012
He was born in West Branch, Michigan on
August 22, 1939. Leo graduated from West Branch High School
with the class of 1957.
He earned his Associate's Degree at Graceland College in Lamoni,
He went on to earn a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting and
Church Music at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.
Leo taught high school vocal music in the
Kansas City and Fort Osage School Districts.
He graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Cleveland
Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Mo.
Before his retirement in 2001, Leo worked many years at GEHA
Office of Personnel Management Coordinator.
Leo was baptized as a member of the RLDS church at the age of
eight and later was ordained to the offices of priest and elder.
He was Center Stake and Blue Valley Stake music director and
director of the Stone Church choir.
He also directed the
Independence Sanitarium Nurses's Chorus.
Leo was the director of The Restoration Chorale from 2001 until
After his affiliation with the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints, he was ordained to the office of High Priest and set apart as Patriarch/Evangelist.
WRIGHT, Cheri Janet 72, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. She was surrounded
by her loving family. Cheri and her husband, Hugh, recently moved to Baker, FL from Gulfport, FL. Summers were spent at Rennie
Lake, located near Traverse City, MI. One of her delights was to serve on the Prince and Princess Committee at the annual
Cherry Festival in Traverse City. She was born June 14, 1939 in Wyandotte, MI. She grew up and attended school in West Branch,
MI class of 1957 of which she was the treasurer. Upon her graduation, she enrolled in the School of Nursing, University of Michigan
. She went on to become a flight attendant for Capitol Airline. She was hired by Ford Motor Company as a clerk-typist and
after many rapid promotions, they advanced her to Management Role as an Industrial Relations Analyst, at Ford World Headquarters
in Dearborn, MI; an achievement probably never occurring before at Ford. She loved to travel, and travel she did, beginning
with a honeymoon to Hawaii. When her husband Hugh was transferred to Ford of Europe near London, she joined the Ford Wives
Club and toured all parts of the United Kingdom. Since Hugh's territory was all of Europe, she traveled extensively throughout
Europe. Cheri booked herself on a safari in Africa, sightseeing in China, and numerous other locations. She became a very
good tour guide for their many visitors. Upon returning to the USA, she and Hugh traveled home by going east. Stops were made
in Amsterdam, Abu Dabi, the Maldives Islands, Hong Kong, Australia, Hawaii, California, and finally Detroit. Hugh retired
and they moved to Florida. She was a member of the "Hot Shots" ladies golf group, at Pasadena Yacht and Country Club and a
"Salty Sister" with her sailing group at St. Petersburg Yacht Club. She loved to visit Kim and Steve at their overseas assignments.
She also enjoyed trips on their boat "Sea Jay" up and down the intercostals waterway. She loved life and to travel and her
"bucket wish list" was fulfilled and emptied. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary Nadeau. She is survived
by her husband, of 32 years, Hugh; daughters, Kim Chandler (Steve) and Denise Baldwin (Charlie); son David; brothers, Larry
and Chip Nadeau (Betty and Michalene); grandsons, Wesley and Evan Chandler; granddaughters, Kristen and Kathryn Baldwin; nieces,
Staci Nadeau and Gabrielle Brindley; and nephew Michael Nadeau. Services will be held Oct. 3.
J. Spencer Shutter, age 72 of Houghton Lake passed away Monday, September 27, 2010 at Bortz Health Care in Rose City after
an extended illness. Dorothy loved to travel and camp, paint and sew and she enjoyed quilting and downhill skiing. She owned
and operated 3 Cheers Ice Cream Store in Roscommon.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Richard Shutter of Houghton Lake, children, Ron (Annie) Parrish of West
Branch, Guy (Charlene) Parrish of Pottsboro, TX, Brian Parrish of Newport Richey, FL, Kelly (Chris) Sappington of Lakeland,
FL and Kristi (John) Bonk of Lacy, WA, stepchildren, Kim (Doug) Lowell of Houghton Lake, Mike Butson of Fife Lake, Dawn Shutter
of Blaine, MN, Rick (Debbie) Shutter and Deborah Shutter both of Mudenlien, IL and Tracey (Jim) Heidecker of Evansville, IN.
21 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Also surviving are her sisters, Shirley White of Charlotte, Dawn Kennedy of St. Helen
and Nancy (Leroy) Prentice of West Branch. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Lyle, Dave and Gary, her stepdaughter
Karen Zavitz and her step-grandson Scott Lowell.
Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Saturday, October 2, 2010
at 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. Elder Richard Hamilton will officiate.
* * * * * *
|Judy Lebzelter Jameson
|Class of 1957
Our beloved mother, Judith Ann Jameson, née Lebzelter, passed on suddenly on
the afternoon of August 21st. Born January 23, 1939 in West Branch, she was the first of the two children of Paul R. and Dorothy
(McGowan) Lebzelter. Her maternal McGowan relatives came to West Branch in the 1880s, where John C. McGowan, Sr., her great-grandfather,
established a hardware that was carried forward into the late 1970s by Paul Lebzelter. Paul’s family came from Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, by way of Detroit. Her great-grandmother, Mary Ann Hyde McGowan, helped to lay the cornerstone of Trinity Episcopal
Church in West Branch.
Judy attended public schools in her hometown, where she graduated in the class of 1957. She then attended Michigan State
University, majoring in Child Development; while there she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She received her B.A. in Education
from San José State University in 1961.
In the early 1960s she married and moved to Leelanau County, where she taught grade school at the Leelanau Schools, which,
together with the Leelanau Homestead, was owned and managed by her husband and his family.
Judy inspired others with her boldness and adventurous spirit. She took flying lessons while pregnant with her first child.
She was an accomplished horsewoman, one of the first women certified as a ski instructor in the Midwest, a Little League baseball
and high school tennis coach. She invented an ingenious baby spoon when her youngest child was born. In the early 1980s she
ran an interior design business, Ann Huey Interiors at Leland, and later was one of the principals of Huey/Heeseman Interiors
in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her passion in later life was for painting.
Though her family always took center stage, she was intensely interested in community and others around her. Judy was a
former member of the Little Garden Club in Leland, where she was a moving force in the beautification of Main Street through
the planting of maple trees in the 1980s. Those trees are now beginning to reach their maturity. She later joined the Marquette
Garden Club and served on the Marquette Hospital Auxiliary. She was on the Board of Directors of the Marquette Child and Family
Services in 1992.
Her first marriage to Richard K. Huey II produced the three of us: Richard K. Huey III (Sally Williams), Michael C.M. Huey
(Christian Witt-Dörring), and Susanne Sandmeyer (Tim McCracken). Also surviving are her five adored grandchildren, Francesca,
Camille, and Caroline Huey, and Kate and Luca McCracken. Her beloved brother, William “Shipen” Lebzelter, died
in 1986, her parents more recently.
Doug Jameson became a part of our family after falling in love with our mother, and later marrying her, on September 12,
1998. Doug survives, along with his children David (Stacey Rae Ott) and Becky (James Smith), as do his grandchildren Reed,
Gage, Parker, Gabrielle, Lou, and Eli.
Doug and Judy delighted in all their grandchildren together.
We will forever miss Judy’s kindness, generosity, and grace - expressed even at the very end by her wish to be an
organ donor - but know that these are qualities that are steadfast and enduring, and part of something larger.
When we returned to her home after her death, we found on her easel what we all agreed was her best artwork yet - if not
quite completed - a successful experiment in an entirely new subject and palette.
We cannot help but feel that her work here, too, was not quite done, but we stand in front of it in awe.
We would especially like to thank Sara Huey Thompson, Jim and Leah Lebzelter, Becky and James Smith, and Stacey Rae Jameson
for helping us to send off our mother with many kisses, caresses, tears, and joyful words. We honor Doug’s quick action
and kindness to our mother in her last moments, as well as the EMT and hospital staff, which provided such good and heartfelt
The memorial service for Judith Ann Jameson will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 28th at Trinity Episcopal Church
in West Branch, followed by refreshments at the West Branch Country Club.
Friends may call on the evening of Friday, August 27th from 6-9 p.m. at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home, 109 E. Houghton
In lieu of flowers please direct memorials in the name of Judith Ann Jameson to Gift of Life (www.giftoflifemichigan.org);
Trinity Episcopal Church, West Branch; or The Leelanau Conservancy (www.theconservancy.com).
David "Dutch" Curtis (1957) and wife Carol Priddy
* * * * * *