Births

STEPHENS – Ryan Stephens and Cassie Nelson, both of Escanaba, welcomed a baby girl, Brynlei Jo, born on March 3 at 12:23 a.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 8.6 ounces and was 19 inches long when she was delivered at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

Brynlei joins two other siblings in the family.

Grandparents include Ann and Tim Deming and Wade Nelson of Escanaba, and Kelly and Tim Smith of Cornell.

Great-grandmothers are Shirley Schwalbach and Nancy Bruce, both of Escanaba.

DAMITZ – Michael Damitz and Brenda Brzoznowski of Gladstone welcome a baby girl, Olivia Rae, born on Feb. 23 at OSF St. Francis. The infant weighed 7 pounds, 15.5 ounces, and was 19 inches long when she was delivered at 10:23 a.m.

Olivia’s grandparents are Melissa and Joseph Brzoznowski of Iron River, and Jim and Sharon Damitz of Gladstone.

Great-grandparents include: Ella Ables, Stanley Brzoznowski, and Steve Vassar, all of Iron River; Linda (Jim Sargent) Johnson of Stonington; Anna-Mae Anderson of Gladstone; and Mike and Sue Damitz of Las Vegas, Nev.

Lois Johnson of Gladstone and Marie Helgemo of Iron River are the baby’s great-great-grandmothers.

POSSI – Gabrielle Dawn is the name chosen for the newborn daughter of Lance Possi and Erin Begovac, both of Escanaba. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 2.9 ounces, and was 19 inches long when she was delivered at OSF St. Francis Hospital at 8:37 a.m. on Jan. 30.

Gabrielle joins two brothers at home.

Maternal grandparents include the late Greg Begovac and Debbie Colombo, and the late Dawn Begovac. Dan and Judy Possi of Escanaba are the paternal grandparents.

Great-grandparents include Joe and Ada Begovac of Trenary and Irene Lenberg of Escanaba.

ROBERTS – Winston Michael, newborn son of Dan and Patricia (Maggart) Roberts of Escanaba, was delivered at OSF St. Francis Hospital on March 10 at 9:20 a.m. The infant weighed 9 pounds, 3.9 ounces, and was 19 inches long at birth.

Winston joins a brother, Daniel, at home.

The baby’s maternal grandparents are Lisa and the late Bob Plough of Escanaba and Micah Maggart of Fenton, Mich. Paternal grandparents are Sue and the late Dan Roberts of Escanaba.

Pat and Ray Hagman, Bob and Barb Plough, Betty Roberts, and Jerry Peterson are Winston’s great-grandparents.

THORSON – Spencer Thorson and Alicia Picard, both of Escanaba, welcomed a baby girl, McKenna Yvette, on March 11 at OSF St. Francis Hospital. She was born at 2:07 p.m., weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

The baby’s maternal grandparents are Patty Picard and Johnnie LaVance of Escanaba; paternal grandparents are Neil Thorson and the late Yvette Thorson of Munising.

Laverne Picard, Marie Kruger, Victor Kruger, Lucy Thorson and Neil Thorson of Norfolk, Neb., are McKenna’s great-grandparents.

STARNES – Nicholas and Kayla (Belanger) Starnes of Green Bay, Wis., welcomed a second daughter, Ella Marie, born at the Aurora Bay Medical Center in Green Bay on Dec. 10, at 1:10 a.m. Ella weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long at birth.

The infant joins a sister, Katelyn, at home.

Marilyn Belanger and the late Larry Belanger of Wilson are the maternal grandparents. Paternal grandparents are Allyson and Paul Dahlgren of Green Bay, and Darryl and Laurel Starnes of Bark River.

Great-grandparents are Ron and Madelyn Trekas of Gladstone, Karen Trekas of Green Bay, Gil and Lois Bittner of Bark River, and Sharon Klee of Wilson.