The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Speelman, Gary

Written by David Green.

Gary F. Speelman, 69, of Toledo, Ohio, died March 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

He was born Aug. 16, 1943, in Morenci, Mich., on to Jonas A. and Hilda (Barber) Speelman. He spent his career as a tool and die maker. He was employed by Teledyne Manufacturing for 25 years and more recently by Riehle Manufacturing.

Gary enjoyed hunting turkey and goose, fishing, camping, cooking and spending the winters in Florida. He was a 25-year member of the Ottawa River Yacht Club where he had served as entertainment chairman. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Loyal Order of Moose. 

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Martie E. Speelman; children, Daniel L. (and Judy) Myers of Allegan, Mich., Dawn C. (and Willie) Gutting of Hudson, Mich., Tamara S. Nevers of Toledo, Michael J. Dolt of Louisville, Ky., and Thomas C. (and Jenny) Dolt of Noblesville, Ind; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Julia M. Bachi of Adrian, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, David W. and Frederick L. Speelman.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd.,  Toledo. Members of the Ottawa River Yacht Club will lead a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. A funeral service is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Pastor Larry Vriezlaar officiating. Interment will follow in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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