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

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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.

Christenson, Shirley

Written by David Green.

Shirley M. Christenson, 76, of Grand Blanc, Mich., died May 28, 2006 at her home.

She was born Jan. 6, 1930 in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Ralph and Beatrice Maynard. She married Carl E. Christenson on June 10, 1950 in East Pointe, Mich., and he survives.

Shirley was a resident of the Dearborn area for more than 40 years before she moved to Grand Blanc. She attended Michigan State University and received a bachelor of arts degree from Madonna University. She taught physical therapy and gerontology for adult education in several Michigan school districts.

She was a member of Findlater Chapter O.E.S., the American Legion Auxiliary and Kappa Gamma Pi Honorary Society.

Besides her husband, Shirley is survived by three children, Dr. Karla F. Christenson of Grand Blanc, Paul E. (and Valerie) Christenson of California, and Alan C. (and Jean) Christenson of Arizona; a grandson, James (and Jennifer) Christenson of Virginia; a great-granddaughter, Verity Christenson and a great-grandson, Brodan Christenson, both of North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Dale, in 1991; her father and mother-in-law, Robert and Lucy Christenson and a grandson, Robert Christenson.

Services are scheduled at 1 p.m. June 2 at Eagle Funeral Home Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Dorothy Okray officiating. Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. June 1 and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service June 2. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders.

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