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.

Thompson, Barbara

Written by David Green.

Barbara Ann Thompson of Tulsa, Okla., died May 2, 2012, following a battle with multiple health issues.

Barbara was born in Detroit, Mich., to Stephen and Adelaide Sarnac. She grew up in Fayette, Ohio, where her family owned and operated a manufacturing business.

Barbara attended Nazareth Academy in Nazareth, Mich. Prior to getting married  and starting a family, she headed the family business, traveling the country, and working as the lead sales associate.  After marrying and moving to the Tulsa area, she worked as a secretary for Bishop Kelley High School, Church of Saint Benedict, Christ the King Catholic Parish and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.  

She lived in the Tulsa area the majority of her adult life and was known as a devout Catholic, with her faith serving as the cornerstone of her life.  

Barbara was a champion and great advocate for those with developmental disabilities. She was passionate about the rights and dignity of care for those that often could not speak for themselves. As their voice, she fought and won numerous battles resulting in many positive changes for those with disabilities.  

Barbara is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann Bush of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Susan Marie Thompson of Tulsa, Okla.; two granddaughters, Lauren and Reagan Bush; son-in-law, Jeff Bush; two brothers, Michael Sarnac of Richmond, Va., and Peter Sarnac of South Bend, Ind.; and two sisters, Terry Ames of Phoenix, Ariz., and Julie Conklin of Wyoming, Pa. 

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Lou and Jean; and brothers Stephen and Joe.  

A rosary and visitation service is planned at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel, in South Tulsa. A funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. Monday, May 7, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Tulsa. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, 815 S. Utica Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104.

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