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.

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.  

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