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.

Vanlerberg, Donna

Written by David Green.

Donna L. Vanlerberg, 85, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died March 7, 2012, at Friendship Village of Tempe, Ariz., where she had been a resident the past six years.

She was born Oct. 9, 1926, in Napoleon, Ohio, to the late Walter C. and Helen (Brubaker) Box. She married Charles Vanlerberg on Nov. 4, 1952, in Wauseon, Ohio, and he preceded her in death Aug. 2, 1991.

Donna lived her early life in the Napoleon and Wauseon areas, and graduated from Napoleon High School in 1944.

Charles and Donna and their young family moved from Wauseon to a farm on Mulberry Road in rural Morenci in 1968, and attended Munson United Brethren Church. Donna is remembered for her deep love of her family, as well as cooking, quilting, gardening, playing cards and polka dancing.

Donna is survived by four children, Janet (and Thomas) McBroom of Chandler, Ariz., Robert (and Maxine) Vanlerberg of Pittsford, Mich., David (and Kathy) Vanlerberg of Morenci, Mich., and John (and Charlene) Vanlerberg of Wauseon; a son-in-law, Rick Brandeberry of Adrian, Mich.; a sister, Joann Boyers of Wauseon; eight grandchildren, Jared McBroom, Jana (and Steve) Beck, Jill McBroom, Jeremy (and Geneva) Vanlerberg, Brian (and Jennifer) Vanlerberg, Jennifer (and Jake) Blaker, Julie (and Derrick) Alward, and Joanie (and Jason) Peck; four step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandson; and one great-great-grandson.

In addition to her parents and husband,  Donna was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Brandeberry; a grandson, Eric Brandeberry; three sisters, Evelyn Reichert, Peg Hohenberger, and Jean Reutz; and a brother, Denton Box.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, March 12, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette with Pastor Tom Brodbeck officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is planned from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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