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.

Mack, Patricia

Written by David Green.

Patricia J. Mack, 91, of Lyons, Ohio, died in her home Jan. 15, 2013, surrounded by her family. 

She was born July 26, 1921, in Fayette, Ohio, to the late Chester and Anna (Rowe) Ball. She married Robert Griffin in May 1942 and they had a daughter, Bonnie. Patricia became a widow at a young age in December 1944 when Robert died of combat wounds while serving during World War II. In April 1947, she married Earl Mack, and they had two daughters, Marianne and Vicki. Earl preceded her in death in March 1993. 

Patricia worked as a secretary for Lyons High School and was a bank teller at the Lyons Bank for more than 20 years. After retirement she wintered in Florida with her husband and together they trained horses. She was known as a great organizer for the women in Lyons, planning social outings, musicals, card games, theater, and bus tours. Pat and Earl both loved to play cards.

Pat was a member of the Lyons Christian Church, the Lyons Historical Society, and the senior citizens group.

Pat is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Gorsuch, Marianne (and John, Jr.) Machacek, and Vicki Nafziger; grandchildren, Brant (and Amy) Gorsuch, Leigh (and Lorenzo) Gorsuch, Shawn (and Tammy) Machacek, Michelle (and Dave) Schweinhagen, Kristen (and Mike) Kolodie, Joe (and Julie) Frank, Jeff (and Jodi) Frank, and Julie (and Ed) Ruffer; 26 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth.  

Visitation is planned from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lyons Christian Church, where memorial services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, with Pastor Paul Bomeli officiating. Interment at Lyons Cemetery will be private at a later date.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Fulton and Williams Counties or Lyons Christian Church. 

Arrangements were made by Weigel Funeral Home.

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