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

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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.

Kresse, Hazel

Written by David Green.

Hazel Eliza Kresse, 89,  of rural Sand Creek, Mich., died April 11, 2010, at home.  

She was born Aug. 23, 1920, in Oakshade, Ohio, the daughter of George and Alice (Ruihley) Punches.  She lived at Devils Lake from 1965 to 2002, and then with her daughter, Linda Reeves.  

She married Wayne Wesley Lusk on July 11, 1937.  He preceded her in death Oct. 26, 1962. She then married Dale Kresse on Dec. 20, 1964.  He died March 28, 1991.

Hazel attended Lyons Christian Church in Lyons, Ohio.  

She is survived by two daughters, Linda (and Carlton) Reeves of Sand Creek and Sandra Kay (and the late Wayne) Winzeler of Adrian, Mich.; three step-daughters, Gladys Jean Kresse of Weatherford, Texas, Joan (and James)Thomas of Hillsdale, Mich., and Joyce (and Donald) Esterline of Hudson, Mich.; seven grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters in infancy; three sisters, Joy Turner, Ila Reckner and Goldie Layton; a brother, Kenneth Punches; her parents; and two husbands.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian, with Pastor Paul Bomeli officiating. Burial will follow in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian.  Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee, Lyons Christian Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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