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.

Vereecke, Stacy

Written by David Green.

Stacy Lee Vereecke, 46, of Archbold, Ohio, died Dec. 17, 2012, at the Defiance Hospice Center after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

He was born May 27, 1966, to Richard and Sonja (Randall) Vereecke, in Wauseon, Ohio. He married his high school sweetheart, Buffie Slattman, on May 24, 1986. He served his country in the United States Army Special Forces for seven years as a chemical specialist and was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. A graduate of Gorham Fayette High School, he worked at Wauseon Machine and then at Sauder Woodworking.

Stacy was a member of Archbold Evangelical Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.  He was the loving father of two children. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Stacy is survived by his wife, Buffie; daughter, Marissa (and Ben) Bresson of Wisconsin; a son, Brett Vereecke of Archbold; his parents, Richard (and Pauline) Vereecke of Wauseon and Sonja (and Bob) Morrison of Fayette; his father-in-law, Albert (and Linda) Slattman, Sr., of Tennessee; his mother-in-law, Patricia (and Joseph) Snider of Wauseon; a brother, Richard (and Rhonda) Vereecke of Wauseon; two sisters, Sherri (and Tim) Wagler of Archbold, and Tracy (and David) Knisely of Fayette; a brother-in-law, Albert (and Christine) Slattman, Jr., of Florida; his grandmother, Martha Randall of Fayette; and a grandmother-in-law, Josephine Slattman of West Unity, Ohio.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday at the Archbold Evangelical Church, with Pastor Jesse Kahler and Elders Jerry Lugbill and John Wilson officiating. Interment will precede at 9 a.m. in the East Monroe Cemetery near Continental. Visitation is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. Thursday in the Fireside Room of the church.

Memorials are suggested to Paralyzed Veterans, Gideons International or Archbold Evangelical Church.

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