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.

Van Assche, Geraldine

Written by David Green.

Geraldine May Van Assche, 85, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., and formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died July 22, 2011, at her house surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 14, 1926, in Fayette to the late Tom and Nettie (Freiss) Merillat. She married T. James Van Assche on Oct. 28, 1942, and they celebrated 68 years of life together before he preceded her in death Feb. 21, 2011.

Gerri grew up on a farm near Fayette and assumed many responsibilities in the family upon the passing of her young mother when Gerri was 13. The family later moved to Dearborn, Mich., her father seeking employment with Ford Motor Company, and it was there that Gerri met the love of her life, Jim, and began raising her own family.

In 1974, Jim and Gerri moved back to rural Fayette, where they made their home until May 2009. She was a stoic and faith-filled person who was skilled in painting on various materials, and enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting and knitting. She was an avid volunteer at the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Bryan, Ohio, and the St. Vincent DePaul Society in Fayette. She was active at her home parishes of St. Sebastian Church in Dearborn, and Our Lady of Mercy Church in Fayette.

Geraldine is survived by her seven children, Betty (and Frank) DeMilde of Dearborn Heights, T. James (and Kathy) Van Assche, Jr., of Romulus, Mich., Robert (and Barbara) Van Assche of Dearborn Heights, Judith Collins of Dearborn Heights, Donald (and Sandy) Van Assche of Dearborn Heights, Geraldine (and Brad) Rupp of Quincy, Mich., and Paula (and Glennis) Ferguson of Fayette; five sisters, Arlene Eczar, Beverly (and Peter) Gentelia of White Lake Twp., Mich., Micki Stachurski of Canton, Mich., Arlene (and Don) Ruffatto of Maui, Hawaii, and Carol (and Paul) Stockburger of Fayette; 36 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Tom Merillat, and a son-in-law, Michael Collins.

A Mass of Christian Burial is planned at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, at St. Sebastian Church in Dearborn, with Father Aaron DePeyster as celebrant. Interment will follow a 1:45 p.m. graveside service at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Hackett-Metcalf Funeral Home in Dearborn, with a Rosary at 7 p.m.

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