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.

Kruse, Joan

Written by David Green.

Joan Y. Kruse, 69, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Saturday afternoon in her home surrounded by her family.

She was born Oct. 26, 1940, in Morenci, Mich., to the late Frank and Edna (Maddock) Lumbardo. Joan married Arnold J. Kruse on June 24, 1961 and he survives.

She was a 1958 graduate of Morenci High School, was employed by Sheridan Manufacturing, Fulton County Health Center and several other area businesses. Joan was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wauseon. She was a Michigan fan, but loved the color red. She enjoyed cooking and baking cookies, playing cards and games, and she loved children.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Marlene (and Terry) Clark of West Unity, Ohio, Mary Jo (and Fred) Hill of Ney, Ohio, and Marilyn (and Jeffrey) Neville of Stryker, Ohio; two sons, Colonel Jeff (and Dr. Susie) Kruse of Washington, D.C., and James Kruse of Panama City Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Justin and Lisa Hill of Toledo, Ohio, Toby Hill and fiancée Erin Wonderly of Hicksville, Ohio, Brad Hill of Ney, Ohio, Megan Neville and Jeffrey Neville, II, of Stryker, Ohio.; great-grandsons Griffen Schneider-Hill, Elkhart, Ind., and Jaxson and Dawson Hill, Toledo, Ohio; one brother, Robert Lumbardo of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Alice Warren, Ila Merillat, Doris Lockwood, Betty Ershem, Jeanine Britton and Ruth Sipe; and brothers, Hal, Val, Guy and Max Lumbardo.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wauseon, with Pastor Tim Sonnenberg and Pastor Jen Herrmann officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Stryker. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wauseon.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the CHP Hospice or Trinity Lutheran Church.

Arrangements were made by Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon, Ohio.

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