Chester Surline, Supt.
Hollis Miner, Principal
John Schaiberger, Class President
Louise Turner, Class Advisor
Michael Emlaw, Class Advisor
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Black and White
Carl G. Gildner
Mary Ann Green Benjamin
Carmen de Luz
Linda 'Lynn' Rau
Jerome Weiler Jr.
Mary Ann Thompson
Sally Good Muzik
Barbara Bonnell Riley
Carol Ann Gillespie Winters
MaryAnn Green Benjamin
Josette (Miller) Biltoft, 70, of West Branch passed away Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, while battling cancer.
Josette was born Dec. 23, 1946, to Henry and Millie (Fox) Miller. She was a lifelong resident of West Branch, and grew
up in Selkirk, Churchill Township. She graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1965.
Jo is described by friends as being gentle and showing true humility to everyone; she had an energetic laugh and colorful
spirit, was full of life and easily gave and received hugs, making a difference in the lives of others. She enjoyed friends
and family, socializing, bonfires and Blatz.
Josette is survived by her daughter, April (Jim) Zettel; son, Raymond Biltoft; grandchildren, Steven (Sara) Zettel, Sara
Zettel and Emily Jo (Kyle) Wangler; great-grandchildren, Jerimiha and Percy Zettel-Hodge and Landyn Jo Wangler.
She was preceded in death by Edgar Biltoft; and son, Edgar R. Biltoft.
A celebration of life service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. Family
will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The Rev. Tim Dibble will officiate. Immediately following, a
luncheon will be served at the church.
Josette and the family felt all the love and compassion from family and friends who came to visit her; and from those
who kept us in your thoughts and prayers. We would also like to thank Dr. Levandowski for her service over the last couple
Obituary for John "Randy" Randolph Thompson
Dr. John Randolph “Randy” Thompson, D.C., 68, of West Branch, Michigan passed away peacefully on
the evening of Sunday, November 1 at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, in the company of his loved ones.
Randy was born
on August 2, 1947 in West Branch, Michigan to Howard and Jean (Lally) Thompson. He graduated from West Branch High School
in 1965, where he was a gifted athlete that excelled in basketball and football. A few years after graduating, Randy was called
to action and served his… country
proudly in Vietnam for nearly a year. Upon his return, he enrolled at Central Michigan University, and in 1972, Randy graduated
with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1976 he furthered his studies by attaining a Masters in Education from Florida Atlantic
University. But it wasn’t until 1983 that he found his true calling – to become a chiropractic physician –
graduating Cum Laude from Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, GA. From here, Randy built a successful career as a chiropractor
that began in Standish, Michigan and ended in Bay City, and spanned nearly 20 years. He loved helping to ease the pain of
others, and he was beloved by his many patients.
On July 10, 1992, Randy married the love of his life, Kathy Wesolek
Thompson. No one could make Randy laugh like Kathy, and the past 23 years were the happiest of his life. Randy and Kathy loved
traveling the United States in their RV, making friends in every state, and ten years ago they decided to make Hilton Head,
SC their winter home. Summer months were spent at their home on Clear Lake, just outside of West Branch, surrounded by friends
Randy always loved the water and was an avid scuba diver and lobster fisherman in his younger years, when
he resided in Florida. Later in life, he enjoyed spending his time above the waves, and one of his favorite things to do was
take visitors out for a ‘toona’ ride on his beloved Clear Lake.
Randy loved to laugh and spend time with
family and friends. He was an ardent sports fan (Go Blue!) as well as a zealous golfer, serving as a Ranger at The Nightmare
golf course in West Branch. And, as all those who knew him would attest to, he liked to partake in the occasional chicken
wing and Yuengling.
His friends and family will miss his infectious smile and the oftentimes mischievous twinkle in
his eye, and his many signature sayings, such as “One more for the championship” and “God Bless America.”
He was a good and kind man with a generous spirit and a beautiful soul, and as his friends will tell you, he never met a person
he didn’t like. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law and friend, and
those whose lives he touched will remember him always. He will live on forever in our hearts.
May 23, 2015
Mary Ann Freel
Mary Ann age, 66 loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013 following a lingering
illness. She was born on November 29, 1946 in West Branch, Michigan to the late Clarence & Gertrude (Hershey) Finerty.She
graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1965. She married Donald July 25, 1970 in Whitemore,
Michigan. He survives her. Mary Ann worked at Pinconning Laundry Mat for many years. She enjoyed computer games,
playing cards, crocheting, and reading but most of all spending time with her family. She will be missed dearly at the
round table at Annies. Surviving besides her husband of 43 years are their children Ann (Jim) Knaggs, and Brian (Kristy) Freel,
grandchildren; Joey, Jillian, James, Tina, Jaylynn, and Jonathan, and a sister in law Nancy Finerty. She was predeceased
by a brother Donald.
William J. Muzik
(February 4, 1947 - April 20, 2012)
William J. Muzik, age 65, passed away suddenly Friday, April 20, 2012 from complications of a stroke. Bill
has been a resident of West Branch all of his life. He graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1965. Starting
at the age of 18, Bill was a successful entrepreneur his entire life. He will be remembered as a hardworking, fun loving,
honest man, with unlimited generosity. He married Wanda Barton in 1980. Bill was a member of the Churchill United Methodist
Church. He served on the Ogemaw County Fair Board over 20 years and several years as president. He served as an Ogemaw County
Road Commissioner for 18 years. The West Branch Chamber of Commerce presented Bill the “Person of the Year” award
in 1988. He and Wanda enjoyed traveling with their trip to Alaska being his favorite.
Bill is survived by his wife, Wanda; Children: Mike, Peggy (Tony Martin) Graves, Tony (Becky) Rosebrugh, Todd (Stacey Kartes)
Rosebrugh, and Wendy (Bill) Tuttle all of West Branch. Grandchildren: Michael, Kalynn, Kasey, Trisha, Devon, Britney, Megan,
Kylie, Chase, Alexis, Ashley, Ayden, “Mr. Pete” & great granddaughter Brianna. Sisters: Jean (Mel) Minkin
of Atlanta Georgia, Linda (Ron) Oldenburg of Aurora, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents John & Dorothy
Bill unselfishly gave his final gift by donating his organs and tissues to “Gift of Life Michigan”. His lasting
legacy lives on through others.
Visitation for William will be Tuesday, April 24 from 1-9 PM, Wednesday, April 25 from 1-4:30 PM with funeral service at
4:30 PM at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch. Pastors Janet Larner and Rev. Daniel Stoneback will officiate.
Memorial Donations are suggested to either The Ogemaw County Fair Board or American Diabetes Association.
|Carol Ann Gillespie Winters
(March 15, 1947 - April 16, 2012)
Carol Ann Gillespie Winters, age 65 of West Branch,
passed away Monday, April 16, 2012 at Bortz Health Care in West Branch. Carol was born March 15, 1947 in West Branch, the
daughter of Leon and Rosemary Gillespie. She graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1965. She had lived
in West Branch since 2009, formerly of Asheville, NC. Carol was a free spirit who enjoyed local Michigan history; especially
train stations, lighthouses, and antiques. She also enjoyed taking pictures of train stations and old barns.
Carol is survived by parents, Leon (class of 1939) and Rosemary Gillespie
of West Branch, brothers, Ron (Sandy) Gillespie of Midland, Brad Gillespie of Traverse City, niece, Michelle Gillespie of
Apollo, FL and nephew, Jeff Gillespie of Waterford.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Luann, David,
Pam, and Brenda. The angels that helped her during her three year battle with cancer.
Ron McPherson, class of 1965,
passed away Friday, February 3, 2012 at
Bortz Health Care in West Branch. He had lived in West Branch for all of his life. He enjoyed music, hunting, fishing and
Ron is survived by his wife Judy McPherson of West Branch, children
Byron (Sherry) McPherson and Kelly (Maurice) McKim both of West Branch, grandchildren, Jazlynn McPherson, Nicholas McPherson,
Michael McKim, Jerry Spress, Matthew Spress and Kaylee Bottini. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arvid (class of 1940) and
Helen (Bennett) McPherson (class of 1937) and his sister Carol Ann McPherson.
Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West
Branch will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2012 until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Kim Chenoweth
will officiate with burial following at Selkirk Cemetery, West Branch.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the family
Eldin E. Peterson
Sharon Scott Wedel
Pat Gleason Bitakes
Mary Ann Finerty Freel
(March 10, 2013)
(February 3, 2012)
(October 14, 2011)
(June 7, 1971)
I have been looking in the website and I saw Ron Leslie on your 1965 listing
as deceased but I wanted to give you the date to add. He was killed in a car accident June
7, 1971 after he served in the US army 66-69 VietNam era. He was an MP for a 5 star general.
I am his baby sister, Jean Leslie, as a matter of fact I graduated from AuGres
Sims High just a few days before he died. I hope you all remember him as he was an awsome
guy. I have been looking for his Army picture in my pic file and have not found it yet . When I do you can put it in the military
memories in your site that would be great. In looking at the listing of names I cannot
believe that I actually remember some of his friends and the names as I was a child at the time.
Hope you all have a great time at your event. Just update the records please.
Barbara Fisher Lewinzdowski
Gail Muntz Edgar
Sandra Schaefer Andrews
(December 31, 2003)
(November 30, 2007)
Julie Demerest Kimball
Carol Gillespie Winters
|Class of 1965
Randolph Henry Smith, age 64, passed away suddenly Friday, October 14, 2011 in Mackinac County.
Randy has been a lifelong resident of West Branch. Randy was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, a Veteran of the
United States Army as a Fire Fighter during the Vietnam War. He worked as a truck driver and enjoyed riding motorcycles.
Randy is survived by his son Randy Scott (Heather) Smith, Flatrock, Michigan and his four grandsons Skylar,
Madison, Tom and Michael. He leaves his 3 brothers: Lyle (Irene) Smith, West Branch; Dave (Ellie) Smith, Henderson, Nevada;
and Junior Smith, West Branch. Randy is preceded in death by his parents Donald & Olith Smith.
Thanks to former teacher, Michael Emlaw..1962-1965...Class
advisor to the class of 1965... who sent these pictures taken at the Alumni Banquet this year 2010.
|Michael Emlaw..Teacher...Cheryl Lail Johnson
|Margaret Olds Emlaw wife of Michael Emlaw Teacher
|Loa & Alan Murray,Jim Strohmer, Alice Thompson
|Mr. Emlaw and Jill Nelson Ammond
|Julie Ann Demerest-Kimball
|Class of 1965
Julie Ann Demerest-Kimball age 63 of West Branch, passed away Friday,
May 28, 2010 at West Branch Regional Medical Center. Julie had lived in West Branch for all of her life. She graduated from
West Branch High School in 1965. She loved being with her grandkids, playing with her pets and enjoyed interior decorating
as a hobby.
Julie is survived by her children Gregory A. Kimball Jr. of West Branch and Kerrie (Bob) VanBelzen of Newaygo,
grandchildren, Aleia Wright and Dennis Wright of Newaygo. Also surviving are two sisters, DeeDee (Gale) Sullivan of Bay City
and Linda (Guy) Fisk of Ashville, NC, several cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral
Home in West Branch will begin on Monday, May 31, 2010 from 2:30 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m.
on Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch. Fr. Patrick Maher will officiate with burial following at St. Joseph
Cemetery, West Branch.