September 22, 2018

Miriam E. “Gramma Red” Rosebrugh

Died May 13, 2018

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Miriam E. “Gramma Red” Rosebrugh, 89, of West Branch died May 13, 2018, at her home.

Gramma Red was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Detroit, the daughter of the late Clyde Sr. and Beryl (Reid) Morrison. She graduated from Rose City High School in 1947 and attended Michigan State University for three years. She married Ike Rosebrugh on July 8, 1950.

They owned a dairy farm where Gramma Red milked the cows, drove the tractors and helped harvest the crops. After they sold the dairy cows, she went to work at Tolfree Memorial Hospital and was there for 15 years before retiring. She was famous for her cinnamon rolls. When someone would see Gramma Red, it was either, “I have had your great cinnamon rolls” or “I’ve heard how great they are.” She was a 4-H leader for 25 years, volunteered at the Ogemaw County Fair’s Antique Village and participated in the fall and spring tours for school kids. Gramma Red was an honorary member of the Ogemaw Heights Future Farmers of America, which she took great pride in. She volunteered at West Branch Regional Medical Center after she retired. Her favorite thing was “Kid Tuesdays”; the grandkids and their friends were at her house every Tuesday for the day. She didn’t always know where they were or what they were doing but she loved it.

Gramma Red is survived by 10 children, Jean (Paul) Wangler, Fred (Louanne) Rosebrugh, Pat Robinson, Lucky Rosebrugh, Beth (Denny) Zaske, Ben (Sandy) Rosebrugh and Rex (Jody) Rosebrugh, all of West Branch, Ray (Debbie) Rosebrugh of Caro, Cindy Rosebrugh of Rose City and Ann Rosebrugh of Prescott; 25 grandchildren, Jason (Renee) Wangler, Ted (Delta) Wangler, Steve Johnson, Tracie (Terry) Linsenman, Parker Rosebrugh, Fred Robinson, Paul Robinson, Toby (Ann) Tisdale, Joni Tisdale, Katie (Brian) Kann, Tom (Kerrie) Zaske, Chad (Jill) Zaske, Dustin Zaske, Ashley Madigan, Ben (Emily) Wiltse, Chase (Bree Zettle) Wiltse, Travis (Michelle) Tinker, Jason Tinker, Carrie (Todd) Jameson, Ethan (Holly Denstedt) Rosebrugh, Alyssia (Kevin Proulx) Rosebrugh, Ike Rosebrugh, Kimmie (Mike) Provoast, Kelly (Jeff) Schagel and Jake (Carli) Rosebrugh; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Orrel Miller and Pat (Gene) LaLonde; brother, Bud (Frieda) Morrison; and sister-in-law, Marie Rosebrugh.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ike; and brother, Reid Morrison.

Memorial service will be at noon May 22, 2018, at the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds with dinner following. Family will be receiving friends for Gramma Red’s celebration of life until 8 p.m.

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Kathy Curtis

Grandma Red was a very special person. When ever you saw her it was a big smile and a hug. Her family and mine go back a long ways. We were kids with her kids and our moms were room mothers together at Rose City School. She was active in the PTO and shared her love of kids with everyone. Later in life she worked with my mom at Tolfree hospital and they had many good times together. Her grandchildren played softball for my husband and she as always there and would always call my husband “coach””. We watched her receive the quilt at the fairgrounds that was presented to her and checked out the quilt painted on her barn. She was so proud of her farm and would gladly tell you the history of it. Our community has lost a pioneer but her memory will live on through her loving family. Rip in peace Grandma Red.

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