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.

VanBrandt, Rose

Written by David Green.

Rose VanBrandt, 93, of Morenci, Mich., died Saturday, Sept, 4, 2010, at Fairlawn Haven in Archbold, Ohio.

She was born Oct. 7, 1916, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Alex and Roze (Vincze) Lakatos.  On Oct. 22, 1938, in Blissfield, she married Morris J. VanBrandt.  He preceded her in death Aug. 3, 1983.

Rose was homemaker and farmer’s wife living in the Morenci area since 1958. She also worked at Spangler Candy Co. in Bryan, Ohio, 3M in Montpelier, Ohio, and Richie's Bakery in Fayette, Ohio, and was a member of Our Lady of Mercy in Fayette, Ohio, Ohio State Grange and Altar Rosary Society. She served as a 4-H leader in Montpelier, Ohio.

Survivors include three daughters, Rosie and Marvin Brehm of Alvordton, Ohio, Violet and Edward LaNew of Morenci, and Esther Ball of Lyons, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Barbara (VanBrandt) Wright and husband Jon of Morenci; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth Lips of Tecumseh and Anna Bragg of Blissfield; one brother, John Lakatos of Sand Creek; sister-in-law, Hazel Lakatos of Adrian; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Rose was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Cyril; a grandson, Marvin Brehm, Jr.; son-in-law, Jim Ball; three brothers, Joseph, Alex, Jr., and Paul Lakatos; four sisters-in-law, Marcella Lakatos, Eva Lakatos, Ruth Lakatos and Rosella VanBrandt; and three brothers-in-law, Arthur Lips, Marvin Bragg and Hector VanBrandt.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Our Lady of Mercy in Fayette, with Fr. Gary Ferguson officiating.  Burial will follow at Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery near Lyons, Ohio.  Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Our Lady of Mercy, Fairlawn Haven in Archbold, Ohio, or to a charity of donor’s choice.

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