The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

McCaskey, Marie

Written by David Green.

Marie McCaskey, 97, of Morenci died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, surrounded by her family at the home of her daughter, Susan Merillat, in Medina Township with the assistance of Great Lakes Hospice. 

She was born Oct. 27, 1910, in Medina Township Mich., to Philip and Allie (Root) Colegrove. On Sept. 18, 1929, she married Harley McCaskey in Adrian, Mich.

Marie was a life-long Morenci area resident. She was a member of the Morenci High School class of 1927 and attended Stautzenberger College in Toledo.

 Marie is survived by 10 children, Bob (and Luella) of Morenci, Bill (and Joyce) of Hudson, Duane (and Arlene) of Toledo, Rita (and Richard) Borton of Riverside, Calif., Annabelle (and Lee) Peterson of Morenci, Peggy (and Larry) Johnson of Hudson, Jim (and Vickie) of Morenci, Susan (and Ron) Merillat of Hudson, Karen (and Bob) Beck of Morenci and Larry of Holt, Mich.; daughter-in-law, Mary McCaskey, of Toledo;  33 grandchildren; 79 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Virginia Colegrove.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harley, in 1975; one son, Richard; great-granddaughter Angie McCaskey; two sisters, Edna VanLeer and Ethel Swartzendruber; and three brothers, Leslie, Frank and Ray Colegrove.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Pastor Gene Sugg officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to the charity of donor’s choice.  

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