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and History of Stanton, Michigan

Grand Marshal

Congratulations to our 2023 Grand Marshal:
Mrs. Patty Rockafellow

Patty Rockafellow with husband and grand children

On March 19, 1961, Stanton welcomed a new resident into town. Her name was Patty Rockafellow. Patty is the daughter of Elton and Wilma Baldwin, who were SOFD Grand Marshals in 2017.

Patty spent most of her childhood hanging out with her neighbors, as spending time with the ones around her is something she enjoys. She was not a sports girl in school, but was in lots of productions and very active in theater. (Patty also added that she is very excited that Central Montcalm is looking into getting a performing arts center with an auditorium—this coming from someone who performed on the current middle school cafeteria stage 40 some years ago.)

Patty graduated from Central Montcalm High School in1979. She then went on to Central Michigan University, where she majored in Biology and Art, and got her Bachelor of Science degree, with other additional graduate course work. She received her teaching certificate, and continued her career as a teacher at Central Montcalm Public Schools for 30 years, teaching many grades at both the elementary in Sheridan and also at the Upper Elementary.

Patty has been involved in a number of clubs and organizations within her community. These include being a part of the Stanton Rotary Club, Heritage Village, and Heartland Trail Board, belonging to and serving the First Congregational Church of Stanton, and working as the former director of the White Pine District Library. Being one of the instigators in getting the Library moved to its newly renovated location on New Street, she is very proud of that new library! In her free time, she enjoys golfing, gardening, spending time with her grandkids, and taking care of her mom.

Patty said that Stanton is her home, and it just feels comfortable. She stated, “I know every street and sidewalk, I love the maple trees that line the streets, I love the people, those people being ones I have known for a long time, or children of people I have known.” She added that she is very honored and also a bit surprised to be chosen as the Grand Marshal this year. She said she lives in Fenwick, but spends a lot of her time here in Stanton.

When asked if she had any other stories to share about her small-town life in Stanton, Patty got a little emotional. “When I go up Court Street, that’s my old neighborhood. I think back to when I lived there, and it saddens me because almost all of my old neighbors are gone or passed away, and my childhood was spent on those streets and those sidewalks with those wonderful people, but the memories sure live on.”

Special Thanks to Erika Thomas for authoring this tribute to Patty

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