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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Shoemaker, Juanita

Written by David Green.

K. Juanita Shoemaker, 80, of Coomer Street, Morenci, Mich., died April 29, 2006 at Herrick Memorial Hospital in Tecumseh.

She was born Feb. 4, 1926 in Morenci, Mich., the daughter of Jonas and Mildred (Metcalf) Speelman. She married Oney Shoemaker on Feb. 9, 1946 in Weston, and he preceded her in death Oct. 8, 1990.

Juanita was a homemaker who lived all her life in the Morenci area. She was a member of the Seneca Community Church and a member of the Morenci Millinery Mavens.

Juanita is survived by two daughters, Patricia (and James) Baker of Clinton and Jaclynn (and Ralph) Reckner, Jr., of Morenci; two sons, Dennis (and Norma) Shoemaker and Larry (and Vicki) Shoemaker, both of Morenci; two granddaughters, Erica (and Kyle) Kruse and Marisa (and Tyler) Sutherland; seven grandsons, Brian and Gregory Shoemaker, Daryn (and Heather) Baker, Devyn Baker, Jason (and Amy) Reckner, Curtis (and Sharilyn) Shoemaker and Dustin (and Jenny) Reckner; 10 great-grandchildren, Brett and Joshua Baker, Emily, Rebekah and Rachel Shoemaker, Hannah, Collin and Emma Reckner and Destini and Ty Kruse; three sisters, Ella Barnhart of Adrian, Betty Pfund of Morenci and Florence ”Dutch” Lane of Hudson and four brothers, Arthur “Boze” Speelman and Earl “John” Speelman, both of Morenci; Wade “Popeye” Speelman of Fayette and Eugene “Gene” Speelman of Adrian.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Flora Montague.

Funeral services were May 2 at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Memorial contributions may be made to the Seneca Community Church.

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