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.

Winzeler, Robert

Written by David Green.

Robert Winzeler, 81, of Morenci, Mich., died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Grand Court in Adrian, Mich. 

He was born Feb. 24, 1931, in Medina Township, Mich., the son of William T. and Esther E. (Capper) Winzeler.  On May 22, 1951, in Fayette, Ohio, he married Joan M. Schaffner.  She preceded him in death Jan. 10, 2006.

Robert lived in the Morenci-Fayette area all of his life.  He served in the U.S. Navy from March 1951 through March 1955, during the Korean War.  He worked for Morenci Rubber Products for 43 years, retiring in April 1999.  He spent one year in retirement, then worked for Conforma Clad in Louisville, Ky., for three years.  Robert and his brother, James, co-owned Winzeler's 5¢ to $1.00 Store in Morenci for 15 years. 

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Morenci and the Morenci American Legion Post #368. He served on the Morenci Board of Education from 1968 thru 1976. He was a past president of the Morenci Kiwanis Club; secretary of the Wednesday Night Golf League for many years; and spent 20 years with the Morenci Area Little League. 

From 1996 to the present, Robert spent his winters in Zephyrhills, Fla.

He is survived by a daughter, Cindy (and Darren) Schmucker of Morenci; a son, Jeff (and Connie) Winzeler of Dublin, Ohio; four grandchildren, Monica and Mitchell Schmucker and Gracie and Mason Winzeler; two brothers, George (and Linwood) Winzeler of Jasper, Mich., and William Jr. (and Nancy) Winzeler of Adrian, Mich.

Besides his wife, Robert was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Celia MacQueen; and two brothers, Harold and James Winzeler.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Pastor Ralph Stuebs officiating.  Burial will follow at the Lime Creek Cemetery in Medina Township. Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Sunday.

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