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

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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.

Guhl, Marion

Written by David Green.

Marion Louise Guhl, 91, of Jackson, Mich., died July 2, 2007, at Vista Grande Villa, Jackson.

She was born Feb. 9, 1916, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Henry and Eva Raymond. In 1941, she married Raymond F. Guhl in Louisville, Ky.

Marion moved with her family to Tecumseh and Seneca, Mich. She graduated from Morenci High School in 1933 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in 1937, graduating cum laude. She earned a master’s degree in foreign languages from the University of Notre Dame in 1967.

She and Raymond lived in Buchanan, Mich., for 40 years where they raised four children. She taught school for 21 years in Michigan and Indiana. Her retirement years were spent in Holland, Mich., and she later moved to Jackson, Mich.

While in Holland, she served as president of the Women’s Literary Club and was a member of the Audubon Society and the Friends of Art. In Buchanan, she was active in PTA, Band Parents, Girl Scouts and the First Presbyterian Church, of which she was a life-long member.

Marion is survived by three daughters, Yvette (and Valdis) Grants of Strongsville, Ohio, Patricia (and Alan) Totten of Holland, Mich., and Janet (and Edward) Grant of Jackson, Mich.; four grandchildren, Gary, Samantha, Amanda and Kristine; and a brother, Jack (and Irene) Raymond of Seneca.

She was preceded in death by Raymond, her husband of 57 years, on Jan. 21, 1999; her parents; sons Melvin W. Guhl in 1989 and John W. Guhl in 1946; grandson Carl R. Grants in 2007; and sister Kathryn Kirkman in 1993.

Funeral services are planned at noon Friday, July 6, at Swem Funeral Home, 301 W. Front St., Buchanan. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, New Buffalo, Mich. Visitation is scheduled at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or the Disabled Veterans Association.

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