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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.

Reister, Arnold

Written by David Green.

Arnold Vincent Reister, 80, of rural Hillsdale, Mich., died May 9, 2013, at his home following a two-year illness.

He was born Oct. 5, 1932, in Ogden Township, Mich., the son of August V. and Hope I. (Case) Reister.

He graduated from Morenci High School in 1951 where he lettered in all four sports. He was a member of the 1948 football team that was considered the best in the area.  

Arnold married his high school sweetheart, Janis Williamson, on Dec. 1, 1951, in Adrian, and she survives.

Arnold was a farmer all his life in Lenawee and Hillsdale counties. He loved working with his registered Holstein cows and received the Michigan Holstein Association Master Breeder Award in 2012. His herd has had the highest rolling herd average in Hillsdale County for the past six years. Showing animals at the Lenawee and Hillsdale Fairs, as well as many state and 4H shows with his children and grandchildren, brought him great pleasure.

In his earlier years he played baseball on several city leagues and always followed the Detroit Tigers. He was a member and officer of the Morenci Jaycees, Gorman Jr. and Fairfield Granges, Lenawee and Hillsdale County Dairy Associations, and the Congregational Church of Morenci.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; children Mark (and Peggy) Reister, Debra Reister and Kevin Reister; four grandchildren, Marcia, Nicolas and Hope Reister and Nadia ElAnani; and one great-grandson; Evan ElAnani, all of Hillsdale County; a sister; Myra Fuhs of Adrian; a brother, Allen (and Sharon) Reister of Jonesville, Mich.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a step-father, Wilson Sawyer; and a brother, Rolland Reister.

At Arnold’s request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Hudson, with Pastor Terry Bobzien officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Hillsdale County, American Cancer Society or the First Congregational Church of Pittsford, Mich.

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