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Reservations made for Alumni Banquet 2021

Larry Woughter
Larry Schumann
Roger Detzler
Sally Rea
Patty Basham Underhill
Jane Brindley Turner
Loree Richardson Noel
Donna Farley Cushman
Don Black
Charles Husted
Lynn Bartlett Dunbar
Judy Adrian McWhirter
Walter Sappington
Mary Clark Waldmiller
Deonne Sheltrown Goodrow (St.Joe 1960)
Jeanette Nakula Fales


Chester Surline, Supt.
Hollis Miner, Principal
Mary Clark, Class President
Clifford Bedore, Class Advisor
Louise Turner, Class Advisor
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Judy Adrian McWhirter
Judy Allen Barnes
Phil Allison
Mary Clare Ammond
John Barnum
Lynn Bartlett Dunbar
Patty Basham Underhill
Beverly Benjamin Flipps
Ray Benjamin
Susan Bilitzke Marvin
Donald Black
Virginia Blum Mach
Karle Boddy
Linda Bohlinger Greene
Gale Ann Bolgos Godfrey
Eldona Jane Brindley Turner
Carolyn Gildner Neubecker
Douglas Brewer
Donald Burns
William Candy
James Carter
Judy Cascadden Schaffer
Martin Caverly
Mary Clark Waldmiller
James Clark
Gregory Cook
William Copeland
Joseph Crawford
Helen Dantzer Bryer
Florent C. "Butch" David
Rene DeCourcey Fincher
Heather Drensky
Frederick Engel
 Donna Farley Cushman
Tom Felstead
Louise Folsom Schmitt
Ida Gae Frosh Shields
Ann Gillies Koch
Joyce Godden Hayes
Janith Goff Kaplaniak
Diane Gould Cooper
Michael Green
Judy Hamilton Moore
Larry Harris
Lorraine Hayes Brindley
Gladys Henson Hall
Janet Hoenshell Matthews
Joyce Hopper Goldy
Roger Detzler
Charles E. Husted
Virgil Eldon Klein
Charles Lail
Gordon Larsen
Linda Lawe Whitcomb
William Lebzelter
Ronald Maxam
Hugh McKenney
Norman Miller
Patricia Mitchell O'Connor
Mary Jane Mogg Woughter
Ernestine Mosteller Vicari
Jeannette Nakkula Fales
Ronald Neubecker
Judy Noffsinger Goodboo
James Noffsinger
Susan Norton Gillette
Richard Palmer
George Pappas
Oscar Partlo
Bonnie Peck Rogers
Elaine Piar
Elaine Royle
Sally Rea
Loree Richardson Noel
Nancy Rowland Prevo
Deanna Royle
Walter Sappington
Larry Schumann
Juanita Saladine Smith
Judy Salinski Miles
Lorraine M. Sanders Hutchins
Shirley Schaaf Rosenburg
Connie Schliter Zettel
Deonne Sheltrown Goodrow
Gloria Shore Kelly
Gayle Simmons Harshman
Norma Simmons Rhines
Kay Steelman Wheeler
Trina Stephens Gehl
Eva Stone Rice
Gloria Valley Moore
Wayne Walters
Gary Winter
Constance Worden Leslie
Larry Woughter
Lyla Meneghini Rau (St.Joe)
Joyce Wachowski Pappas (St. Joe)
Jerry Priest (St. Joe)
Bonnie Priddy Scott (St. Joe)
Norman Pfeiffer
Sonya Denman Bearss

Died Oct. 19, 2019

Lorraine Pearl (Hayes) Brindley, 77, of West Branch passed away Oct. 19, 2019.

She was born June 19, 1942, to Tressa and John Hayes at a home in Akron. Lorraine married Chalmer Edward Brindley Sr. on July 2, 1960.

Lorraine had many interests and was a social butterfly. She was an awesome cook and best known for her soups and Hungarian food. She was a farmer’s wife and held jobs in food service over the years. She had a vast garden and canned for many years while raising her children.

Mrs. Brindley is survived by her five children, Chalmer “Ed” Jr. of West Branch, Anthony (Theresa) of Rose City, Vicky (Patrick) O’Neil of Wayne, Michael (Sherrie) of Plymouth and Susan (Tom) of Edwardsburg. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, Joshua, Amanda, Sarah, Levi, Chalsie, Emily, Katie, Jake, Patrick Jr., Tara, Heather, Cody, Ezekiel and Ethan; 18 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Danny Hayes.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John and James; and sister, Elaine Curtis.

A memorial service and dinner will be held to celebrate her life Nov. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ogemaw Commission on Aging (senior center) located at 1528 S. M-33, West Branch.

Received a great letter from Sally Rea about Butch David..

Thank you Sally!

Word was received on Thanksgiving week that the Ogemaw County Genealogical and Historical Society lost another member. Better known in the community as "Butch" passed away at his home in Hernando, Fla.

Florent (Butch) David was born to Byron and Damassie David on October of 1942. He leaves one sister, Margie, and her family as well as his aunt Janice Illig and his cousins. Butch graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1960.

The OCGHS is proud that Butch was instrumental in converting the old garage at the museum into a display area featuring farming and some lumbering items. He furnished all the materials to line the walls of the garage with plywood. He meticulously labeled all of the artifacts and spent the whole summer of 2017 on his pet project. The garage was opened to his work in the fall a year ago.

As a former member of the military and a proud Vietnam veteran, Butch was a tour guide for the school tours of the Military Room and wherever he was needed. Through his work, the items in the garage will always be reminders and a testament to the manner in which he was raised on the farm on Maes Road, the farm where he had more recently maintained a summer residence and was his parents' original farm operation.

Florent David was an accomplished skier and many friends recall his skiing began right at the former Ogemaw Hills Ski Park. At his 50th class reunion, he noted several of his experiences and accomplishments before before he retired with issues stemming from Agent Orange and his time in Vietnam. They are listed as follows:

1960-1964, Ski instructor in the winter and Michigan Highway Department in the summer.

1964, drafted in July, spent a year in Southeast Asia (Vietnam)

1966-1973, Ski instructor winters and Michigan Highway Department in the summer

1974, set up printing companies in Norwell, Mass; Toronto, Canada; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, and Pleasanton, Calf.

1975, worked a season has a hunting guide and horse wrangler in Steamboat Springs, Col.

1976, began what became 32 years with Breckenridge, Ski Area, Col. 13 years as a ski school supervisor in winters and a life construction supervisor in the summers.

Winter of 1980-81, one of 23 Americans invited to travel to Austria and France to study new types of ski lifts.

Summer of 1981, lift project supervisor on the first detachable grip lift in the Western Hemisphere and the first "detachable grip quad" in the world.

Retired in August of 2008 and spent time hunting and working for a ranch in South Park, Col.

When Butch eventually returned to the West Branch area and the family homestead on Maes Road, he was welcomed back during the summer months while he maintained a warm climate residence in Hernando, Fla. He did a lot work around the farm and built a collection of artifacts and family history. He was generous with his donations of vintage items to the museum and OCGHS. His work will shine for a long time for all that he contributed.

Classmates and friends will recall his love of dancing. His focus was anything out of doors, including skiing, hunting, swimming, cars and motorcycles. He was a devout Vietnam veteran and often stated his pet peeve to be "people who put up a front."

He will be missed.

The family is planning a memorial service for Butch in the spring of 2019.

Charlotte - Jan D. Van Hoesen, 75, born May 5, 1942 in Mt. Pleasant, MI, passed away December 1, 2017. Jan was a former science teacher in Leslie and Rogers City, MI and was an internationally recognized small mammal taxidermist. She was the founding member of United Taxidermy Assoc.; former president of Michigan Taxidermy Assoc., and very involved in the Zonta Club of Rogers City.

Jan is survived by her sons, John (Lori) and Jay (Nicole) Van Hoesen; five grandchildren: Adam, Mary, Tory, Clara and Elizabeth, and sister Pamela Dengler. She was preceded in death by husband of 49 years, Jim, parents Robert and C. Joyce (Kincaid) KIine, and nephew Christopher Dengler.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Zonta Club of Rogers City, 377 North 3rd St., Rogers City, MI 49779 or National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Dr., Reston, VA 20190.

Smith, Juanita Saladine

Saginaw, MI

Juanita passed away February 25, 2019 at the age of 76. She is survived by her husband Elmer Smith; son, Kevin (Ann) Strzynski; five grandchildren, Kade, Zachary, Emilee, Chelsey, & Donovan; a great-granddaughter, Haylee; siblings, Fred “Ted” Saladine of Auburn and Doris (Steve) Ritchie of Gladwin; many nieces and nephews. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Memorial Contributions to the American Cancer Society. No services are planned at this time.

Mary Jane (Mogg) Woughter, 77, of Flint passed away July 31, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born in West Branch on Jan. 9, 1941, the daughter of the late Everett and Janice (Gray) Mogg.

Mary is survived by her adoring husband, Larry; and children, Cheryl Woughter, Dean and Denise Woughter and Kevin Woughter.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at Flint Bowmen Archery Club, 5478 S. Belsay Rd., Grand Blanc, MI 48439. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday. The family requests that you dress business casual. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.



 Richard Orville Palmer[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Richard O. Palmer, age 71 of Owosso, passed away on Sunday November 24, 2013 at Memorial Healthcare Center. A memorial service will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Richard was born in Standish, MI on January 10, 1942, the son of Gaylord & Jeanette (McLarty) Palmer. He graduated from West Branch High School. He was an iron worker and bartender. He is survived by his daughter Tracy Alger, son Kelly Klukos, grandchildren, nephew Christopher L. & Shawn Carpenter of Owosso. He was predeceased by his sister, Chery McLarty and his parents.


Gloria Shore Kelly, age 73, of Houghton Lake passed away at home on Wednesday September 2, 2015 with her family by her side.

Gloria Shore Kelly  was born on July 13, 1942 in West Branch, Michigan to James & Dolores (Craft) Shore. She moved to the Houghton Lake area 47 years ago from West Branch. Gloria enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and enjoyed spending time at home. She was very proud of her loving children.

Gloria is survived by her loving companion; Richard Bird of Houghton Lake, mother; Dolores Shore of West Branch, daughters; Ginger (Frank) Bruer of California, Tracey Ware of Rhode Island, Dawn Thornton of Houghton Lake, step-daughters; Sheila Bird of Houghton Lake, Sherry (Mike) Sullivan of Houghton Lake, Shawn (Tim) Bird-Kowalske of Houghton Lake, Shelly (Gary) Schafer of Higgins Lake, sixteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, sisters; Linda Randall of Houghton Lake, Margaret Killenger of West Branch, brother; Gary (Sue) Shore of Florida. She was preceded in death by her father; James Shore, daughter; Natalie Kelly, and brother; Jerry Shore.

Per Gloria’s wishes cremation has taken place and no services are planned


Susan Rose  Norton Gillette, 73, of West Branch passed away June 14, 2014.

She was born in Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan on January 22, 1941 to Paul and Caroline (Green) Norton. She graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1960.    

Sue enjoyed bingo, puzzles, and playing cards, and games with family and friends. She also volunteered for several organizations. She most enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren.

Sue is survived by her sons, John (Crissa) Gillette and Chuck (Nicole) Gillette, as well as her siblings, Helen Nuttall, Patricia (Dennis) Hennig, Dan Norton, Diane Jameson, Nancy (Don) Clark, Paulette (Jon) Peckat, Gloria Knowles (Ed Hennig), and Jim (Kim) Norton. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Charles (CJ) Gillette, Ian Gillette, and Laughlin Gillette as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Constance "Connie" Worden Leslie

Died April 13, 2013

Constance E. “Connie” Worden Leslie passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Connie was born to Robert and Elizabeth Worden on May 16, 1942, in Port Huron. The family moved to West Branch in 1948, and Connie spent most of the rest of her life there, moving back from Detroit in 1960. She married Howard Joseph Leslie in 1962, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last November.

Connie was a music teacher and was known as “Grandma Connie.”

Surviving are Connie’s husband, Joe Leslie of West Branch; son, Bob (Marti) Leslie of Mount Pleasant; grandchildren, John (Jen) Leslie of West Branch, Paige and Rhianne Leslie of Mount Pleasant, Brittany (Johann) Schurer of Belgium and Madison Clark of West Branch; great-grandsons, Nathan Hall of Hale and Justin Leslie of West Branch; sisters, Barbara (Paul) Niffenegger of Cary, N.C., and Sarah Oliver of West Branch; brother, David (Trina) Worden of Apex, N.C.; her ex-daughter-in-law, Joyce Remilong and family; and many nieces and nephews and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and the many piano students who were so dear to her. In her lifetime, many people benefited from her kindness and her generous spirit.


Unknown Address
Patricia Mitchell O'Connor
Gregory Cook
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 Ann Darlene (Gillies) Koch
(September 24, 1942 - April 2, 2013)

Ann D. Koch, age 70 of Durand, passed away Tuesday morning, April 2, 2013 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, Lansing. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Pastor Ed Chandler will be officiating with burial to follow in Maple River Cemetery, Shiawassee Township. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-5 p.m.

Ann was born September 24, 1942 to Burt and Florentina (Winter) Gillies of West Branch. She is the wife of George "Ed" Koch.

Mrs. Koch is survived by her husband, Ed; sister, Janey (Roger) Winslow of Midland; sons: Todd (Tina) Hasty of Durand, Tom Hasty of Houghton Lake and Tyler (Michelle) Hasty of Virginia; step-daughters: Cindy Kingsbury of Durand, Lori (Darren) Leck of Lennon, Dana (George) Fuller of Durand and Kelly (Mike) McDonald of Vernon. She is also survived by her many beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.



Delores W. Pappas, age 90, of Owosso went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 14, 2011. Delores had lived in Owosso since 1998, formerly of West Branch and spent time in Roscommon County during the 1960’s and early 70’s. Delores was born May 7, 1921 to Clinton and Addlita (Edick) Ostrander. Delores and her husband (Edward Pappas) owned and operated White Spot Restaurant for 30 years. Delores worked for Taylor Door until her retirement in 1986. She was also a past member of the Moose Lodge of Skidway Lake. Delores especially loved the Lord, spending time with children and gardening.

Delores is survived by son, Chris Pappas of Midland, MI, son, George (Lorraine) Pappas of Prudenville, daughter, Victoria Gaudette of Owosso, daughter, Frances (William) Nicholas of Detroit, and daughter-in-law, Neoma Pappas. Also surviving are grandchildren, Darcee, Kristy, Edward, Christopher, Chad, Paul, Dawn, Rebecca, Michael, David, Nancy, Jamie, Sue, Paul, Helen and many great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Delores is preceded in death by husband, Edward, son, James Pappas, son in law, Paul Gaudette, parents, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters


Louise Folsom Schmitt


Sonya Denman Bearss
(October 2012)
Connie Worden Leslie
(April 2013)
Ann Gillies Koch
(April 2013)
Jerry Priest
Michael Green
(June 8, 1999)
Heather Drensky
(April 5, 2010)
Norman M. Pfeiffer
Louise Folsom Schmitt

Phil Allison
(July 25, 2003)

Susan Bilitzke Marvin

William Candy

Judy Cascadden Schaffer

Judy Hamilton Moore
 (December 2, 2002)

Joyce Hopper Goldy

Charles Lail
(January 24, 1976)

William Lebzelter

Hugh McKenney

Oscar Partlo

Elaine Piar

Shirley Schaaf Rosenburg

Gayle Simmons Harshman

Norma Simmons Rhines

Trina Stephens Gehl
(May 5, 2003)

Gloria Valley Moore
(September 26, 2002)

Wayne Walters

Gary Winter
Connie Schliter Zettel
(January 26, 2007)
Gordon Larsen
Janith L. Goff Kaplaniak
U.S. Veteran Norman M. Pfeiffer Sr. of West Branch, Michigan died Saturday, March 27, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw. Norman was born August 6, 1942 to the late Leonard and Gertrude (Tiedeman) Pfeiffer in Lincoln Park, Michigan. The family moved to West Branch in 1946 where they purchased a farm in Edwards Township, in 1957 they sold the farm and built and operated Pfeiffer's Tavern, later to be known as Hi-Skore Lanes until 1969.

Norman was a 1960 graduate of West Branch High School. He was employed with Coca Cola Bottling Company as a route salesman for many years. Later he worked with his brother in the Pfeiffer Construction Company. Norm served in the U. S. Army from 1964 thru 1966 as a radio/teletype operator. On July 29, 1967 he married Joyce Ritter at St Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch.

He is survived by three sons: Norman Jr. (Sheila) of West Branch, Kirt of West Branch and Erik of Houghton Lake; three grandsons: Dustin, Camaron and Colton; one brother Harvey (Moynell) of Bay City and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold.

Norm was a long-time member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of West Branch and held several offices. He enjoyed watching sports of all kinds, wood-working, gardening and just being outside. Prior to his medical problems, he loved camping, fishing and he was an avid bowler.