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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Zoeller, Robert

Written by David Green.

The Rev. Robert E. Zoeller, 76, of Fremont, Ohio, died Nov. 5, 2006, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. He was born Nov. 29, 1929, in Chillicothe, Ohio, to Edward C. and Lucille (Steinour) Zoeller.

Rev. Zoeller graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1948. He attended Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, from 1948 to 1950, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955, and returned to graduate from Wittenberg in 1955. In 1954, he married Betty Rowland at Maple Grove Methodist Church near Washington Court House.

He entered Hamma Divinity School in Springfield, Ohio, and was ordained into the Lutheran Church in America in 1959. He served churches in Detroit, Three Rivers and Farmington, Mich., and Toledo, Hilliard, Canton and Bluffton, Ohio. He served as a full time visitation pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Fremont, Ohio. He retired in 1995. Rev. Zoeller was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fremont.

Surviving are his wife, Betty, and their four children; Diana (and Peter) Fallot of Morenci, Mich., Cynthia (and Cleon) Wellington of Folsom, Calif., Mark (and Kathryn) Zoeller of Los Angeles, Cal., and Janet (and Anthony “Tony”) Roussos of Westerville, Ohio; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation is scheduled today (Wednesday) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Herman-Kinn-Karlovetz Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Fremont. Services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church where the body will lie in state one hour prior to the services. Pastor Stephen Siebel will officiate. Burial will be private at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Chillicothe.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lutheran World Relief c/o St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 N. Clover St., Fremont, OH 43420; the American Heart Association; or St. Vincent’s Cardiac Unit c/o St. Vincent’s Foundation, 2213 Cherry St., #307, Toledo, OH 43608.

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