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.

Gritzmaker, Lisa

Written by David Green.

Lisa Michelle Gritzmaker, 24, of Blissfield, Mich., died July 13, 2012. 

She was known as a loving wife and mother of two and was due to deliver her third child in September 2012. 

Lisa was a very giving person, always trying to help those around her. She loved volunteering her time and making donations to local charities.  She had an infectious laugh and smile that she was always able to share with anyone. She is also remembered as stubborn, strong-willed and opinionated.

Lisa’s hobbies included fishing, photography, playing games on the computer, going for motorcycle rides, gardening, bowling, dancing, attending hockey games and sending text messages to her friends. She enjoyed reading and loved the Twilight Series of books and movies.  She was an avid NASCAR fan and favored Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.  

Lisa is survived by two daughters, Alyssa, 5, and Autumn, 18 months; her husband of 18 months, Jacob; her mother, Robin (and David) McCowan; her father, Mark Burrow; one sister, Stephanie Burrow; a half-sister, Jessica (Burrow) (and Nate) Bugbee; and her grandmother, Marlene (and Bill) Burrow Cates.

She was preceded in death by her unborn daughter, Abigail Michelle Gritzmaker; sister Amy Merrill; grandfather Herschel “Papa” Burrow; and grandparents Florence and Herb Linke.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Blissfield Baptist Church, with Pastor Tom Frantz officiating.  Private graveside services will follow at a later date. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Blissfield Baptist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made for the family and children through the Blissfield Baptist Church, 717 N. Monroe St, Blissfield, MI 49228.

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