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

  • Front.cheers
    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
  • Family.3.wide
    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.
  • Front.newpaper.2
    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.
  • Front.code.2
    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.
  • Front.skelton.vigil
    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.
  • Front.gym.new
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.

Graham, Bernadine

Written by David Green.

Bernadine Dale (Wheeler) Graham, 92, died Sept. 26, 2006 under the care of Hospice, Foote Home Care Services and Summit Park Assisted Living Center in Jackson, Mich.

She was born on Christmas Eve 1913 to Bert and Estelle (Woodward) Wheeler at their farm in Amboy Township in Hillsdale County, Mich. She married Leslie Graham, a teacher and superintendent of Waldron Public Schools. He preceded her in death in 1988.

Bernadine lived most of her life in Waldron where she was a hardworking supportive wife and mother. Many times the Graham home, located across from the school, was shared by newly hired teachers. She canned and preserved the fruits of a large vegetable garden and cared for the farm animals. She was a wonderful cook and a talented seamstress.

She loved to host and attend family weekend and holiday gatherings. Her favorite memories included the family’s annual fishing trips, joining her husband and sons hunting, and times spent with special friends Katherine Fox, Lois Laser and Eleanor Welling. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Waldron.

Bernadine is survived by two sons, Charles Farrell (and Joyce) Graham and Max Richard (and Elaine) Graham, both of Jackson; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and nephews Jim and Farrell Wheeler of Bryan, Ohio, Richard Givin of New Jersey and Wilbur Givin of San José, Calif.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Gwendola Calvin, and Max and Darwin Wheeler.

At Bernadine’s request, cremation has taken place and no visitation is planned. A private memorial service will be scheduled at Waldron Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Waldron Area Schools, Waldron Library or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016