Gogebic Range Bank (GRB) is a locally owned and operated bank. We make all loan decisions locally at our Ironwood and Bessemer, MI offices. Gogebic Range Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of West End Financial Corporation, a single bank holding company. 

GRB opened for business on May 20th 2002.

We currently employ 21 people with total banking and investment experience exceeding 200 years. We have a very dedicated, loyal, and hard working staff that is dedicated to providing the finest and best service to our customers. 

We are fast becoming the local leader in all phases of banking. 

Our motto is, “Large Enough to Compete, Small Enough to Care.”  

Bank Officers

Mr. Neil J. Beckman is President and Chief Executive Officer of West End Financial, Corp. and of Gogebic Range Bank. Mr. Beckman started his banking career in 1991 as a management trainee with Michigan Financial Corporation and has worked as a teller, operations clerk, customer service representative, consumer lender, mortgage lender and commercial lender. Mr. Beckman is active in community organizations, currently serving on the Gogebic County Economic Development Commission, Gogebic County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Vice President of the Ironwood Industrial Development Corporation, and is the past past president of the Kiwanis Club of Ironwood. Mr. Beckman resides in Ironwood with his daughter, Ashley. Mr. Beckman is a graduate of Luther L. Wright High School and Northern Michigan University and is an eight year Air Force veteran.

Ms Marcy Elsemore is Assistant Vice President of Gogebic Range Bank.  Her primary function is Commercial Lending.  She has over 30 years of Banking experience with MFC First National Bank and Wells Fargo, including Teller, Operations Clerk, Consumer Lender and most recently as a Business Relationship Manager.  Ms. Elsemore is a graduate of AD Johnston High School, Bessemer, MI., and the Robert M. Perry School of Banking at Northern Michigan University.  She also graduated from the Wells Fargo College of Commercial Credit.  She is a member of the Ironwood Business and Professional Womens Club.  Ms. Elsemore resides in Ironwood Michigan

 

Mr. William Brunell has joined the staff at Gogebic Range Bank as Operations Officer.  William brings 20 years of banking experience with him.  He began his banking career with Northland Bank in Hurley, WI and most recently was with Citizens Bank in Ironwood, MI.  His positions included Teller, Loan Officer, Personal Banker, and Branch Manager with duties including auditing, loan processing, staffing and sales.  Previous to his banking career he worked at the Iron County Clinic as the Data Processing Manager. William graduated from J. E. Murphy High School in 1976.  He then attended UW-Superior with a major in Accounting.  He also attended Gogebic Community College studying Data Processing.  William resides in Hurley, Wisconsin and enjoys walking, bowling and watching is favorite football teams that Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers.

 

Mrs. Cherie LaMarche is our Mortgage Officer. Mrs. LaMarche joined Gogebic Range Bank in May of 2005.  She has over 19 years of Banking experience in several different areas including, deposit and loan operations as well as mortgage processing.  Mrs. LaMarche is a 1990 graduate of J.E. Murphy High School in Hurley WI and a 1994 graduate of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Mrs. LaMarche resides in Saxon, WI. with her husband Rod. 
 Mr. Donald M. Armata is Loan Officer and Customer Service Representative.  Mr. Armata has more than 29 years of banking experience including,  bookkeeper, teller, collection department supervisor, and loan officer at the former MFC First National Bank of Ironwood.  Mr. Armata graduated from Ironwood Catholic High School and the Northern Michigan School of Banking.  Mr. Armata is a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a graduate of the Gogebic Range Leadership Academy.  He resides in Ironwood with his wife Marti, 3 children and 1 grandchild. 

   

 

Ms. Yvonne Morzenti is an investment representative and financial advisor through PrimeVest Financial Services.  Ms. Morzenti started her banking career in 1978 at First National Bank in Ironwood as a bookkeeping data processing supervisor and later was in business development with MFC First National Bank.  She is a 1987 graduate of the Northern Michigan School of Banking.  In 1997, she received her Series 7 and 63 licenses and worked in the investment department of MFC First National and Wells Fargo Bank   Ms. Morzenti lives in Montreal with her husband, Gary.  They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

Board of Directors

Mr. Robert L. Abelman is the Chairman of the Board of West End Financial Corporation and Gogebic Range Bank.  Mr. Abelman has been a life long resident of the Bessemer community.  He attended Northern Michigan University and graduated from Western Michigan University in 1970.  He was a member of the Michigan National Guard for six years.  Since 1970, Mr. Abelman has worked, been a partner, and then owner of the Abelman Company, which has served the Range area since 1887.  Mr. Abelman is a member of the Bessemer Downtown Development Authority, Bessemer Brownsfield Commission, and Bessemer Projects. Inc.  Mr. Abelman held a directorship with First of America Bank for nine years, four of which were as an Upper Peninsula Director.

Paul T. Malmberg is the Secretary of West End Financial Corporation and Gogebic Range Bank.  Mr. Malmberg is the owner of General Insurance Agency, an independent insurance agency in Bessemer.  He is a partner in Bessemer Projects Inc., a group of local investors formed to invest in Bessemer area developments.

Mrs. Robin Kafczynski is a Board Member of Gogebic Range Bank. She was born and raised in Ironwood and is a 1977 graduate of Luther L. Wright High School.  She received an Associates Degree from Gogebic Community College is 1979 and graduated from Ferris State University in 1981 with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work.  For the past 30 years, Kafczynski has worked for Chief Oil Company, Inc. and is President  of the Corporation.  She resides in Ironwood with her husband Joe, a teacher in the Ironwood Area Schools, daughter & son  Cassie and Joey. 
Mr. John M. Stempihar is Vice President of West End Financial Corporation and Gogebic Range Bank.  Mr. Stempihar is the former owner of Stempihar Brothers Distributors, Incorporated .  Mr. Stempihar, a native of Bessemer, Michigan, attended Gogebic Community College and then transferred to Michigan Technological University to complete a career in Civil Engineering.  After working 16 years as a superintendent for commercial buildings and road building projects in Michigan and Northern Wisconsin, he retuned in 1979 to form Stempihar Brothers Distributors Incorporated based in Bessemer, Michigan.    Mr. Stempihar is active in civic affairs and is a partner in Bessemer Projects, Incorporated.

Dr. Mark E. Stempihar is Assistant Treasurer of West End Financial Corporation.  Dr. Stempihar has been a life-long resident of the Gogebic Range.  Having graduated from Wakefield High School and Gogebic Community College, Dr. Stempihar majored in Zoology/Chemistry at the University of Michigan graduating in 1975.  He went on to medical school and graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1979.  After his residency at the Henry Ford Hospital, he retuned to the area in 1983 and started Great Lake Eye SpecialistsPresently, he is employed by Aspirus Grand View Health Systems.  His community involvement includes past Board Chairman of the Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees and a member of the Lion’s Club International and Rotary International.

Mr. Raymond W. Brown is Treasurer of West End Financial Corporation and Gogebic Range Bank.  Mr. Brown graduated from the Detroit College of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1972.  He then moved to Bessemer, Michigan and started General Accounting Service, a public accounting practice, of which he is the owner and operator.  He also was instrumental as organizer, director, and treasurer in Bessemer Projects, Inc., a building development company that was started in 1998 to help develop and promote businesses for the City of Bessemer and the surrounding area.  His involvement with this organization continues today.  Mr. Brown has been very active in community affairs, and is a member of the Bessemer Chamber of Commerce as well as the Bessemer Lions Club, serving as that club’s treasurer.  Mr. Brown is currently President of the Civil Service Commission for the City of Bessemer and has maintained his membership in the Independent Accountants Association of Michigan.  He has lived in Bessemer for the past 35 years.
Mrs. Cheri Constantini is a director of Gogebic Range Bank. She is a graduate of Luther L. Wright High School and Gogebic Community College and attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette.  With her husband, they own and operate Constantini’s Furniture store in Ironwood and the Brite Spot liquor store in Hurley.  Mrs. Constantini lives in Hurley with her husband.  The couple has two children.