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.

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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