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.

Ely, Shirley

Written by David Green.

Shirley Ann Ely, 71, of Fayette, Ohio, died Dec. 17, 2011, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Hudson, Mich.

She was born Nov. 26, 1940, in Wauseon, Ohio, to the late Virgil and Myrtle (Decker) Wentz. She married Rodney Ely on Aug. 19, 1978, at their home in Fayette, and he survives.

A life-long Fayette resident, Shirley attended Gorham Fayette High School and was employed for several years at Fayette Tubular Products. She is remembered for her love of camping and going to garage sales, and she also enjoyed reading and doing puzzles. She was a member of the Medina Federated Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Steve (and Debbie) Bernath of Vista, Calif., and Ronnie Bernath of Montpelier, Ohio; four daughters, Julie (and Mitch) Garrow of Wauseon, Ohio, Sandy Bernath of Montpelier, Penny (and Dean) Oswald of Lambertville, Mich., and Debbie Bernath of Holland, Ohio; a sister, Diane (and Don) Bird of Fayette; nine grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; seven great-grandchildren; three stepsons, Rodney Jr., David, and Alan; and three stepdaughters, Patty, Connie, and JoAnne.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Larry Wentz; a daughter, Shannon, in stillbirth; and two grandsons, Brandin Kramer and Damien Bernath.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Interment will follow in the Porter-Packard Cemetery near Seneca, Mich. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial donations are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or Medina Federated Church.

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