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.

Rettle, Helen

Written by David Green.

Helen B. Rettle, 88, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died April 11, 2011, surrounded by her family at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio, following a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 24, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late John and Barbara (Chehosky) Nyari. She married John D. Rettle, Sr., on March 21, 1940, in Bryan, Ohio, and he preceded her in death Dec. 29, 2003.

Helen was known as a spirited, kind-hearted woman who devoted her life to her husband and her family. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, camping and playing cards, and is fondly remembered for her skill in cooking, most notably her famous cabbage and meatballs. Helen was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette.

She is survived by two daughters, Dorma Eberly (and John Litteral), and Cheryl Ballmer, all of Fayette; a son, Ron Rettle of Fayette; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and a great-great granddaughter.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, John Rettle, Jr.; five brothers, John, Steve, Joseph, and Andy Hornyak, and Paul Nyari; and two great-grandchildren, Owen Newcomb and Abigail Eberly.

Funeral services are planned at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Father Gary Ferguson officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.  Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.

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

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