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

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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

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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