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.

Baker, Mary I.

Written by David Green.

Mary I. Baker, 97, of rural Waldron, Mich., died Oct. 16, 2012, at her home. 

She was born Dec. 15, 1914, in Fulton County, Ohio, to the late Fred and Freida (Double) Schang. She married Wilford Baker on March 8, 1934, in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death in 1993.

Mary lived her early life in the Fayette area and attended Zone School. She was employed with Peter Stamping in Fayette for several years, and later retired from Strydel in Stryker, Ohio. Mary loved being with her family and she enjoyed attending horse races.

Mary is survived by a daughter, Catherine Leupp of Waldron; two brothers, Bob Schang of Archbold, Ohio, and Edgar (and Phyllis) Schang of Bryan, Ohio; a sister, Eloise Love of Archbold; three grandchildren, Suzan Leupp of Stryker, Tom (and Freda) Leupp of Coldwater, Mich., and Ted (and Angi) Leupp of Pittsford, Mich.; and four great-grandchildren, Zac, Cody, Brooke and Rebecca.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by a son, Fredrick Wilford “Buddy” Baker; two brothers, Orville and Donald Schang; a sister, Bernice Larnard; a granddaughter, Dawn Fruchey; and a son-in-law, Donald Leupp.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Gene Sugg officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled Saturday from noon until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Great Lakes Caring Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

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