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.

King, Grace

Written by David Green.

Grace King, 97, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 1, 2013, at the Fulton Manor in Wauseon. She was born Aug. 6, 1915, in rural Pettisville, Ohio, the only daughter of Charles and Hannah (Freyenberger) Schmucker.  In 1938, she married Willard Wyse King.

Grace and Willard raised their family on a dairy farm north of Pettisville.  In 1980, they moved to a farm northwest of Wauseon, in Chesterfield Township.

Grace and Willard were members of the West Clinton Mennonite Church and in the 1940s helped establish Springfield Township Mennonite Church near Toledo, Ohio, serving there faithfully for 30 years. They later became members of Inlet Mennonite Church in Chesterfield Township. 

Grace will be remembered for her faith, courage, love and prayers for others. She cherished the time she could spend with her family, whether at ball games, vacations, graduations or weddings.

Grace continued to live on the farm after Willard died until July 2011, when she suffered a stroke which affected her speech and mobility. She moved to Fulton Manor in Wauseon. Although her mind was clear, it was difficult for her to communicate. She kept her sense of humor and a ready smile, a sign of the deep peace within her heart.

Grace is survived by three children, Charlene (and Will) VanPelt of Columbiana, Ohio, Judy (and Wendell) Selzer of Kansas City, Mo., and Dan (and Lynette) King of Minooka, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three children, Robert Eugene, Ruth Ann and David Lee; a grandson, Justin King; and four brothers, George, Harold, Earl and Carl Schmucker.

A celebration of Grace's life is planned at the West Clinton Mennonite Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, with Rick Jones officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Burial will take place at the Pettisville Cemetery prior to the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Youth For Christ or the National Aphasia Association.

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