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Reservations for Alumni Banquet 2021

David & Sally Drabek
Mike Ehinger
Sharon Fritz


Tom Alley
Joe Ammond
Terry Barringer
Bill Bartlett
Mike Battishell
Roy Benjamin
Sally Bohlinger
Jim Buhlman
Melborne Bunting
Margaret Byrne
Lois Champagne
John Clark
Dean Combs
Mary Combs
Susan Crecine
Brian Delbridge
Darlene Delmotte
Diane Detzler
David Drabek
Linda DuFresne
Mike Ehinger
Norman Finkbeiner
Sharon Fritz
Perry Gaudette
Larry Gavitt
Dennis Gertiser
Mary Gildner
Lloyd Good
Sylvia Gould
Rodney Griffith
Wayne Hawley
Terry Heisler
Darlene Howell Jones
Judy Jeffries
Glenn Johnson
Tom Jones
Patricia Schmidt
Larry Scott
Randy Vittitow
Melvin Walker
Roger Wangler
Carol Way
Dianne Weaver
Kathy Willison
Roger Winslow
Roger Winter
Barbara Warden
Linda Scheick
Charles Burt
Kam Marshall
Linda Mitchell
Charlene Noel
Linda Smith
Ron Rowland,
Jerry Rowland
Sydney Matthews
Delores Brindley
Jerry Joye
Byron Kelly
Harold Klein
Larry Korhonen
Robert Kruch
Don Lehman
Sandra Lawe
Cheryl Meier
Jeanette Matthews
Barbara Miner
Conrad Meir
Peter Mitchell
Patrick Neubecker
Roger Priest
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Patricia Norton
Terry Reminder
Dale Philbrick
Jim Pekrul
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Marjorie Pray
Patricia Reilly
Richard Putnam
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Sheila Robinson
Ron Quigley
Angela Saladine
Linda Saari
Richard Schatzer
Linda Smith
Paul O'Grady

Diana Detzler DeBoer
1945 - 2021

Diana Detzler DeBoer

Lansing - Diana Detzler DeBoer passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021.

Born in West Branch, MI on October 28th, 1945, Diana grew up knowing the value of hard work, honesty and a loving home.

Upon graduation from West Branch High School, Diana headed to nursing school at Northern Michigan University, where she trained to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. A born nurturer, nursing was a calling more than a career.

With her nursing license in hand, Diana and best friend Clara traveled all of Europe, experiencing all that an international excursion had to offer. She then accepted a job in Owosso, MI where she would meet her husband and start a family with the additions of her children Joshua and Katie.

The greatest source of joy in her life were undoubtedly her grandchildren Emerson and Eli John. They shared an unbreakable bond and both carry with them some of her greatest characteristics. It is certain that Mimi will watch over and protect them, providing the gentle breeze that will lift and inspire them throughout their lives.

While she was no stranger to heartache and grief, in all respects she stayed true to her belief that pain could destroy you or strengthen you and she would choose the latter. All who were part of her life were certainly better because of it.

Of the many talents she possessed, the things her family will cherish and celebrate the most are - her great cooking and baking abilities; her graceful and talented artistic skills; her collection of antiques, cookbooks, and fiesta-ware dishes; her love of nature and animals; her amazing Rummikub game playing abilities; and her deep abiding love of Ireland. And as the Irish say,

May the road rise to meet you, may the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may god hold you in the palm of his hand.
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Judy A.Jeffries McPherson
Died June 4, 2019

Posted Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:00 am
Judy Ann McPherson, 73, of West Branch passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at her home.

Judy was born Feb. 11, 1946, to Harley and Izetta Jeffries in Battle Creek. Judy lived in West Branch since she was 6 years old. Judy was a Tolfree nurse’s aide for more than 30 years and retired in the dietary department.

Judy is survived by her children, Byron (Sherry) McPherson of Seattle, Wash., and Kelly McPherson of West Branch; grandchildren, Jerry and Matthew Spress, Jazlynn McPherson, Nicholas McPherson and Michael McKim; and great-grandsons, Noah Spress and Michael Caije McKim. Also surviving is brother, Harley “TJ” Jeffries of Crystal River, Fla., and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Ronald McPherson; and in-laws, Arvid and Helen McPherson.

Conrad Paul Meir, age 72, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at his home in West Branch, MI. He was born on December 21, 1945 in Flint, MI to Roy and Margaret (Plasha) Meir. Conrad proudly served his country as a veteran in the military police with the Michigan National Guard, and retired from General Motors. He was raised and retired in West Branch. Connie, as he was known to all, had a zest for life and enjoyed fine cars, snowmobiles, boating, and Conway Twitty. He was known for his culinary skills and “have grill, will travel.” He was the captain of the ship for the Meir family, bringing all together for the yearly family reunion at the Meir farm that people traveled across the country to attend.

Connie was the lone brother among six strong willed sisters, Barbara (John) Morlock of Collinsville, IL, Margaret (Ruben) Arceo of Flint, MI, Lois (Don) DeLong of Placentia, CA, Julie Meir of West Branch, MI, Mary Jane (John) Schnautz of Rose City, MI and Rose Meir of Tulsa, OK. Family extended from nieces and nephews to the most distant cousins, and friends were counted as family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Margaret “Ann” Meir.

Connie was always there to help and celebrate life. We know that it will be hard to fill his shoes. He made a difference in our lives and touched us all. We love you, Connie.

Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at Holy Family Catholic Church on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Father Patrick Maher will officiate. Burial will be at Holy Family Cemetery.


Obituary for Donald John Lehman
Donald John Lehman, age 72, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at West Branch Regional Medical Center. Don was born in West Branch, MI to George and Lauretta (Smith) Lehman on July 24, 1945. He graduated from West Branch High School and lived in West Branch all of his life.

Don was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and served as an usher for many years. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus Council #2022 where he was proud to be a Fourth Degree Knight and a member of the Honor Guard.

Don worked at Tolfree Memorial Hospital and retired from West Branch Regional Medical Center. He loved the community and volunteered his time to numerous organizations and activities for many years. He enjoyed sports, loyally attended Ogemaw Heights High School and Little League games, and was a big fan of the Tigers, Lions and Pistons.

Don is survived by his sisters, Lois Jandernoa of Grand Rapids, MI and Carol Zakaras of Homewood, IL; his brother, Wayne (Sue) Lehman of West Branch; and several nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his father, George in 1997; his mother, Lauretta in 2005; his sister, Sister Joan Lehman, O.P. in 2003; and brothers in law, Ronald Zakaras in 2008 and Don Jandernoa in 2016.

Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a K of C Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. Father Patrick Maher will officiate.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Knights of Columbus Council #2022 or St. Joseph School Endowment Fund.


Angela Marie  Saladine Hamilton, age 69, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016 in St. Helen, MI.  She had lived in St. Helen for the past 46 years, formerly of Pontiac and Alger.  Angie was born in Alger, MI on September 13, 1946 to Fredelien and Lila (Tolfree) Saladine.  She married Jerry Hamilton on February 6, 1965 in Alger.
Angie is survived by her loving husband, Jerry Hamilton of St. Helen, MI; children, Misty (Bill) Schalk of Bay City, MI, Ann (Mike Turner) McDole of Saginaw, MI and Jerry “Chip” Hamilton Jr. of Alger, MI; grandchildren, Heather Schalk of Midland, MI and Sarah Schalk of Burton, MI; brother, Fred Saladine of Auburn, MI; and sisters, Juanita (Elmer) Smith of Saginaw, MI, Therese Leverenz of West Branch, MI, and Doris (Steve) Ritchie of Gladwin, MI; and many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Charlotte Hoeppener and Mary Tiltman; brothers, LeRoy “Sam” Saladine and Clifford Saladine; and uncle, John Saladine. 

Terrance Lee Reminder
Missouri City, Texas
Our loving husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away peacefully Friday, December 23, 2016 in Bay City, Michigan. Age 70 years. The son of the late Edward J. and Genevieve M. (Winter) Reminder was born December 29, 1945 in West Branch, Michigan. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Terry retired from United Parcel Services at a driver in Missouri City, Texas. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed NASCAR, bowling and a good game of horse shoes.
On September 11, 1965 he married his wife of 51 years, the former Nancy Wachowski in St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch and she is left to cherish his memories along with one son and daughter-in-law; Troy and Michelle Reminder, one daughter and son-in-law; Tracy and Marc Merritt of Texas, three granddaughters; Tiffany Taylor, Morgan Taylor and Rachel Reminder, one great granddaughter; Ava, two brothers; Richard Reminder and Robert (Judy) Reminder, brother-in-law; Carl Meiser and many other brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters; Donna (Lloyd) Charles, Doris (Fred) Charboneau and Patricia Meiser and one brother; Delbert Reminder.


Patrick Neubecker
2/19/1946   7/18/2016

Patrick Raymond Neubecker, 70, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016, at his home in West Branch with his family by his side. He lived in West Branch for most of his life, briefly for four years in Holly. He graduated with the class of 1964 from West Branch High School.

Pat was born to Raymond and Frances (Hacht) Neubecker on Feb. 19, 1946, in West Branch. On April 27, 1968, Pat married Jean L. Priddy in West Branch. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. Pat was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch. He worked as a construction worker and building trades instructor. Pat loved fishing, hunting and working on crafts. He enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings hockey and professional and college football. Pat adored and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Pat is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Jean Neubecker of West Branch; children, Chris Neubecker of West Branch and Jennifer (Matthew) Miller of Merrill; grandchildren, Jett Miller and Matlyn Miller; sisters, Helen (Leonard) Bragg, Wanda Neubecker and Bernice (George) Drensky; brother, Charles (Chris) Neubecker; sisters-in-law, Carol (David) Curtis, Marjorie (Ronald) Cripps and Linda (Phil) Fultz; and many special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Frances; sister, Joyce Fultz; and son, Jason Neubecker.

 Charlene Faye Lusk
(August 13, 1944 - December 3, 2011)

Charlene Faye Lusk

Charlene Faye Lusk of Davison age 67 died Saturday December 3, 2011 at her residence.  Charlene was born in Mt.Clemens, Michigan the daughter of the late; Paul and Alice (Preuhs) Noel and has resided in the Davison area since the 1980's. She was joined in marriage to Richard Lusk Jr. on February 3, 1973 in Lennon, Michigan. Charlene was a graduate of West Branch High School and a member of Davison Eagles Aux. #3589. She leaves to cherish her memory husband, Richard. Daughter, Catherine and husband Ed Albin, son Troy McKenney, and grandchildren, Nicole and Brad. Brothers; Paul & wife Linda Noel, Michael & wife Loree Noel, Bernard & wife Karen Noel, Dennis & wife Terri Noel,Sister Margaret Hanes, and a host of other relatives.


Angela Saladine Hamilton
(June 26, 2016)

Pete Mitchell
Michael Battishill
Jim Buhlman
Rosie Keelean
Madeline Pfau Becker

Richard Putman

Patrick Neubecker

Mary Combs Finley
(Fall 2013)
Charlene Noel Lusk
(December 3, 2011)
Dennis Gertiser
(June 27, 2007)

Norman Finkbeiner
(December 19, 1993-age  49)

Perry Gaudette

Rodney Griffeth

Janice Macklmen Olecki
 (November 21, 2002)
Harold Klein