Dennis Rumsey

Mackinac Bridge traffic restricted after winds top 50 mph

The Mackinac Bridge Authority restricted traffic on the 5-miles span Wednesday after winds in the Mackinac Straits topped 50 mph. The authority just before 5 p.m. said it was allowing only passenger cars, passenger vans, and empty pickup trucks without tonneau covers, bed caps or similar items. Motorists were being instructed to reduce their speeds to 20 mph as they …

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Ron Riopel, 89

Ronald John Riopel, age 89, of Three Rivers, passed away Monday, November 28, 2022 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 14, 1933 in Chicago, the son of John August and Anna Louise (Ebert) Riopel. Ron earned his bachelor of science degree at Western Michigan University: a triple major in physics, chemistry and mathematics, and a …

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Mary Happel, 93

Mary Lou Happel, age 93, of Leonidas, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at the Birches in Leonidas where she had resided the past 6 ½ years. She was born in Mendon on August 7, 1929 the daughter of Allen and Cora (Thomas) Carlisle. She graduated from Watervliet High School in 1949 and worked briefly …

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Ryan Baker, 37

Ryan D Baker, age 37, of White Pigeon, died on November 24, 2022 at Sturgis Hospital. He was born on August 22, 1985 in Three Rivers, the Son of William H and Peggy L (Dunkel) Baker. He lived all of his life in White Pigeon and graduated from White Pigeon High School in 2004 where he was on the Track …

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Deborah “Debbie” Tenney-DeLeu, 56

Deborah “Debbie” Tenney-DeLeu, age 56, of Vandalia, died peacefully Sunday, November 27, 2022 in the comfort of her family’s presence. Her life began December 5, 1965 in Harbour City, California, born to parents Mike Rupert and Dorothy Johnson. Deborah Ann devoted her life to being a caregiver. She graduated from the nursing program at Bethel College and went on to …

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Jessie Hodges, 87

Jessie Lee Hodges, age 87, of rural Three Rivers, died Sunday, November 27, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Shannon, Mississippi on April 17, 1935 the son of the late Early and Mariah (Cox) Hodges. He attended school in Shannon before moving to Chicago. While in Chicago he met and married Hazel F. Comstock …

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Barbara Northrop, 90

Barbara Johanna Northrop, age 90, of Marcellus, died peacefully on November 5, 2022 in the comfort of her family’s presence. Her life began August 29, 1932 in Chicago, the youngest of two of children born to Richard and Eva Donovan.  She married James E. Northrop May 2, 1964 in Marcellus.  He preceded her in death March 24, 2006. Barbara was …

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Indiana judge rejects plea for alleged barn fire accomplice

A judge rejected a plea agreement Monday for a woman accused of helping her boyfriend set fire to several northern Indiana barns, citing her plea deal’s lack of prison time. Sherry Thomas, 33, of Nappanee had reached a plea agreement that includes an admission to one felony count of arson in the string of eight barn burnings. Thomas was charged …

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Anna Smith, 94

Anna Jane (Reed) Smith of Schoolcraft, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2022, at the age of 94. She was born in White Pigeon on May 19, 1928, the daughter of Roland and Esther (Mecham) Reed. She grew up and graduated from White Pigeon High School in the late 1940s. In her junior year she met the love of her …

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Arland Fair, 91

Arland M. Fair age, 91, of Bronson, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Drews Place of Coldwater. Arland was born on July 12, 1931, in Gilead Township, Michigan, a son to the late Marshall H. and Wava A. (Pocock) Fair. Arland married Marjorie Croy on August 25, 1951. They celebrated their 71st anniversary this year. They started their …

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