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.

Schaffner, Ruth

Written by David Green.

Ruth M. Schaffner, 87, of South Fayette St., Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 30, 2013, at The Waterford at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio, where she had been a resident since August 2012.

She was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Wright Township, Mich., to the late Estel and Alice (Prickett) Brandeberry.

Ruth was raised in Waldron, Mich., and she was a graduate of Waldron High School. She furthered her education at Siena Heights College and Adrian College, where she earned a bachelor of arts in business education. She settled in Fayette in 1963.

She worked for several years as a teacher for the North Central school district in Pioneer. After her teaching career, Ruth worked for the Ohio Turnpike Commission as a toll collector for nearly 20 years.

Ruth was active in her community, serving for several terms as a member of the Gorham-Fayette School Board. She was also an avid supporter and volunteer for the Fayette Opera House. More recently she was a member of the Fayette chapter of the Red Hat Society, and a long-time member of the Fayette United Methodist Church. Ruth enjoyed traveling, reading and playing bridge.

She is survived by two sons, Scott (and Barb) Schaffner of Galena, Ohio, and John Schaffner of Fayette; three daughters, Nona Schaffner of Tallahassee, Fla., Susan (and Jeff) Lowry of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Joyce (and TJ) Kelly of Westlake, Ohio; two sisters, Madeline Stieg of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Joyce Bishop of The Villages, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Katie Lowry, and Kevin and Chris Schaffner.

Memorial services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Katherine Currier officiating. A luncheon will follow. Interment will take place at Waldron Cemetery.

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