Doris Marie Gildner, 101, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018, at The Horizon Senior Living in West Branch.
She was born March 29, 1917, in West Branch to Charles and Ethel (Strong) Cool. Doris graduated from West Branch High
School in 1935. While in high school, she played for the varsity basketball team. Soon after high school, she worked for the
local newspaper, now the Ogemaw County Herald. It was there that she meet her soon-to-be husband, the late Clifford Gildner,
who came in to place a newspaper ad. Doris was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Council of Catholic Women.
She was member of the Moose Lodge in West Branch and she spent many years on a local bowling league. She also loved pottery,
painting and hooking rugs. She was an excellent cook and loved to spoil her grandchildren. If you knew Doris, you knew she
was faithful. She worked _every day_ for the past 75 years at West Branch Concrete. She was even working just weeks before
she passed. Doris was the full owner after her husband Clifford passed away in 2001. She was very generous and donated many
hours and products to the local community throughout the years, never wanting any recognition.
Surviving family include her son, Roger (Linda) Gildner of West Branch; and son, Alan (Marianne Bartlett) Gildner of West
Branch. She has 13 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Gildner; daughter, Joyce Alley; grandson, Joseph; three sisters, JoAnn,
Geraldine and Elizabeth Ann “Buff”; and brother, Ed “Twist” Oliver Jr.
Visitation for Doris will begin Wednesday, May 23, 2018, from 2-9 p.m. at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in
West Branch. A rosary will be said by her good friend Sharon Fritz at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Her funeral Mass will take place Thursday,
May 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation at the church will be held one hour prior to Mass. Father
Patrick Maher will officiate with burial to follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions can be made to The Horizon Senior Living in West Branch or the Michigan Premier Hospice.
Mary Jane (McGowan) Borgioli was born in West Branch, MI on June 16,
1917 to the late Irving G. and Beatrice (Hutchins) McGowan. She passed
away in Essexville, MI on April 27, 2016. Her husband, Edmond H.
Borgioli, preceded her in death on December 6, 2000. Mary Jane
graduated from West Branch High School and attended Marywood Academy in
Grand Rapids. She was formerly a member of Grace Episcopal Church in
Standish where she was in the choir and taught Sunday school. She has
been a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City since 1955 and was
formerly in its Altar Guild. She was a former member of the Order of
the Eastern Star in Standish. She is survived by her daughter Katherine
M. (Leo) Borrello and her beloved granddaughter Monica Borrello as well
as a niece Janet Atton, a nephew Robert McGowan, two great nieces
Charity Atton and Emily (Jonathan) Harmon, great-great niece Lily
Atton-Doornbos, a great- great nephew Grayson Atton-Doornbos and a
sister-in-law Evelyn Todtenhagen. She was preceded in death by two
brothers: Robert C. and Richard I. McGowan.
ANDERSON, Gladys V. August 11, 2012 Beloved wife of the late Frank P.
Cherished mother of Lynn (Robert) Frech and the late Bonnie (George)
Oliver. Adored grandmother of Daryl and Ryan Oliver. Proud
great-grandmother of Matthew, Betsy and Jane. Loving sister of Lawrence
and Wellesley Vogan. Four brothers and two sisters predecease her.
Caring aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Jack G. Sr. Passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014 with his wife of 74 years, Florence, by his side. Jack was 97 years old.
Jack was born in West Branch, MI on Jan. 21, 1917. He attended West Branch High School, graduating
in the class of 1935.
He was a WW II veteran and worked
for Standard Oil until his retirement.
Besides his wife, Florence,
he is survived by son, Jack (Beth) of Michigan; daughter, Sue (Gary) Smith of Nebraska; eight grandchildren and seven great-grand-children.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pinellas Park. He will be greatly missed
Geraldine Tulloch Bertovick
Cleo Priest Darling
Rena Hadley Benjamin
Doris Cool Gildner
Marion Combs Link
Mary Jane McGowan Dorgioli
Helen McGowan Lennington
Genevieve Morse Clark
Nina Lee Nieman Corey
Thelma Rosebrough Sheppard
Lois Pray Everette
Gladys Vogan Anderson
Mildred Withey Mason
Carvel Wolfson, 96, of Gladwin, passed away n Saturday, July 21, 2012. Carvel was born on Sept. 23, 1915, in Cleveland,
Ohio, the son of Frank and Lottie (Pearlman) Wolfson. They resided in Central Michigan where he grew up and graduated
from West Branch High School with the class of 1935.
Although he participated in many activities, such as basketball and football, Carvel was most proud of becoming an Eagle
Scout. He attended Michigan State University. After that, he surveyed roads for the state highway department. While in West
Branch he met Mildred Goldberg, a school teacher, and they married. When World War II began, Carvel signed up with the Army
Returning from Europe after the war, the Wolfsons settled in Gladwin and he began a career working and later managing Goldberg’s
Department Store. Carvel worked hard, as did Millie, raising three children. He loved sports and enjoyed them with his family
and friends. Carvel and Millie were very civic minded.
Carvel did a tremendous amount of work for the community of Gladwin. He was a member of the school board for many years.
He was on the MidMichigan Hospital Board and was instrumental in providing the area with a hospital, as well as being part
of the Gladwin Development Corporation and Gladwin Heritage project.
Although Carvel was not a Mason, he received the Edgar A. Guest Masonic Award for Community Service in recognition of outstanding
service to the community, which exemplifies the concern for the well-being of mankind and of belief in worldwide brotherhood
of man. The Rotary and Lions Club also honored him for his service.
He and Mildred both received Certificates of Leadership from the United Way. The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund honored him
for his loyal and unselfish dedication to our veterans and their families. So did the Central Michigan Jewish Community. Carvel
was also presented “Man of the Year” by the Gladwin Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding service to Gladwin
As a parent, grandparent and great-grandparent, he was loving and encouraging, and did it all with a sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mildred Goldberg Wolfson.
He is survived by his three children, Charles (Merle), Jane Poliakoff, and Sam (Randee); six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mildred Mason, 94, of Midland passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, going peacefully in her sleep while surrounded by
family and close friends at home. Born Mildred Withey in Prescott, Michigan on Jan. 29, 1917, she spent her life in Michigan,
from working on the family farm with her siblings to being on the manufacturing line in Flint’s auto factories during
World War II to having a family with her husband. On Feb. 13, 1944, she married Arnold Mason and then built their home in
Skidway Lake, Michigan where they raised their three children, Douglas, Debra, and Dennis. Ever the strong and independent
woman, after Arnold passed away in 1984, Mildred lived on her own in that same house for years where her children and their
families visited regularly. She loved spending time with her loved ones, always welcoming her grandchildren and great-grandchildren
in with a big smile and the promise of food. Always referring to herself in the third person as “Gramma,” many
weekend mornings were spent with her grandkids cooking pancakes from scratch from her very own recipe. For the last five years
of her life, she lived most of her time with her son, Douglas, in Midland, Michigan, and spent many winters with her daughter,
Debra, in Florida. She loved recalling extraordinarily detailed stories about her life, which spanned nearly a century, and
was even telling jokes up until her last day with us. She will be missed greatly by her surviving family: sisters, Edwina
and Viola Hawley; sister-in-law, Twila May; son, Douglas Mason; daughter, Debra (Dale) Sova; seven grandchildren, Russell
Mason, Ryan Mason, David Mason, Marissa Mason, Michael (Christina) Sova, Stephanie (Brian) Belanger, and Melissa Sova; two
great-grandchildren, Jillian Sova and Patrick Belanger; and friend and caretaker, Linda L. Prince. Mildred was preceded in
death by her parents; her husband, Arnold, and her son, Dennis on Mar. 15, 1997.
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Orlin E. Rakestraw, 92 of Coldwater went to be with his Lord Sunday December 13, 2009 at Bronson
Methodist Hospital Kalamazoo, MI. Orlin was born July 25, 1917 in Lupton Michigan to Ernest and Avice (Zellars) Rakestraw.
He married Lorene V. Blackledge April 12, 1940 in Lupton MI.
He was a member of the Gideonfs and the Church of the Nazarene
in Coldwater, he taught boys Sunday school for many years. He was Ovid Twp. Treasurer for many years also he was a driver
for meals of wheels; He loved to walk, up to 4 or 5 miles a day. He once tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team,
and he loved to watch all sports. Orlin farmed and sold real estate in Lupton MI. Orlin & Lorene moved to Coldwater in
1965 from Lupton. He worked for Michigan Animal Breeders of East Lansing and served the farmers in Branch Co. In 1974 he began
work as a real estate salesman for Laney Realty and later Steffey Realty. He sold real estate in Branch Co. until he was 80
years old. He loved to help people and was a great Christian husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
include his wife Lorene, 5 Daughters: Carol (Rev. Duane) Rice of Canton OH, Virginia Weidinger of Louisville OH, Lorna (Gary)
Putman of Saginaw MI, Ardis (Duff) Streeter of Lupton, MI and Neva (John) Lounds of Coldwater, MI. Several Grandchildren and
Great Grandchildren. Preceded in death by a brother, sister, son-in-law and grandson.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m.
Wed. December 16, 2009 at the Church of the Nazarene in Coldwater, MI with Pastor Robert Tharp officiating. Visitation will
be from 5-7p.m. Tues December 15, 2009 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater, MI. Graveside services will be held 1:00
p.m. Thurs, December 17, 2009 at Lane Heights Cemetery in Lupton, MI. Memorials may be made to the Gideonfs
February 27, 2009
Orlin sent us a note of times past..
A nice way to remember him.
I came in 1934 to stay with my Grandpa Orlin Rakestraw, County
Treasurer. He died in 1934.
I drove from Lupton as a senior and hauled in other kids along
I graduated in 1935.
I made some good friends along the way..
Sorry about Wynne Steuernol..he was a friend at all times.