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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.

Walther, Esther

Written by David Green.

Esther Walther, 82, of Fayette, Ohio, died at her home Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010.

She was born Oct. 15, 1928, in Delta, Ohio, to the late William and Millie (Wheeler) Mapes. She married William Walther on March 31, 1956, in Los Angeles, Calif., and he preceded her in death Oct. 13, 1989.

Esther graduated from Waldron High School in Waldron, Mich. She retired from Fayette Tubular Products in 1996, where she worked for several years. She enjoyed crocheting, baking and decorating cakes, and taking care of her granddaughter, Linnea.

Surviving Esther are her son, Patrick Walther of Bryan, Ohio; daughter, Tina Clark (and James Schutte) of Fayette; two brothers, Ralph (and Mary) Mapes of Reading, Mich., and Joseph (and Irene) Mapes of Hillsdale, Mich.; her granddaughter, Linnea Rae Clark; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Kathryn; two half-brothers; and four half-sisters.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Rev. Katherine Currier officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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