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

  • KayseInField
    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.
  • Front.winner
    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.
  • Front.bank.2
    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.
  • Front.carry.casket
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.
  • Front.make.three
    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.
  • Front.F.office
    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.

Knoblauch, Twila

Written by Steve Lauber.

Twila Knoblauch, 94, of Morenci, Mich., died June 30, 2013, at the Charlotte Stephenson Manor in Adrian where she had resided since March.

She was born Dec. 29, 1918, in North Morenci, Mich., to Chester Wilson and Hazel (Bordine) Shoup. She lived all of her life in the Morenci area. She enjoyed participating in school and Grange plays and went to Ginnivan plays with her father. She played violin in the Morenci High School Orchestra and graduated in 1936.

She married Theo Reppert in 1937 and he died in 1947. She married Herbert Knoblauch in 1948 and he died in 2005. Together they owned and operated Knoblauch's Fine Foods in Morenci for more than 45 years.

Twila was a member of the Morenci Grange and for 81 years a member of the Morenci United Methodist Church. She was a charter member of the Wesleyan Service Guild, the Triangle Club and the United Methodist Women.  She enjoyed luncheons, playing cards and the sociability of the Morenci Senior Citizens Center. She was an avid reader and attended a monthly book club.

Twila felt that her major accomplishment in life was raising all of her children in the church.

She is survived by daughters, Marlene (and Richard) Baker and Patricia (and Ron) Keller; a son, Mark (and Kathie) Knoblauch; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Sue Stevens and Joan (and Allen) Schuetz; a sister-in-law, Barbara Rizner; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; stepson, Darrell Knoblauch; two granddaughters, Jerolyn and Twila Gorsuch; a brother and sister-in-law, Foster and Ruth Shoup; and a sister and brother-in-law, Emma and Tom Stevens.

Visitation is planned at the Morenci United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7, with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. Officiants will be host pastor Rev. Donna Galloway and Twila’s son-in-law, United Methodist Pastor Rev. Ron Keller. Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci United Methodist Church or to Hospice of Lenawee County. Envelopes will be available at the church or at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.  

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016