GLADSTONE - James Rivard and the former Yvonne Lantagne recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. The couple was united in marriage Aug. 22 during a ceremony at Sacred Heart Church in Schaffer in 1959.
Original attendants included: Priscilla (Lantagne) Shaw of Oklahoma, sister of the bride; Pat Finland, friend of the bride; the late Robert Rivard, brother of the groom; the late Dale Wiessert, friend of the groom; Gerald Gunville, ring bearer and nephew of the bride; and Mary Fuss, flower girl and niece of the groom.
The couple has three children: Renee (Cliff) Johnson of Colorado; Philip (Chris) of Colorado; and Scott (Gail) of Minnesota. They also have seven grandchildren: Cory Buchholz; Alicia (Naris) Ritmaha of Colorado; Elizabeth Primeau; and Alexandra, Mitchel, Tyler and Megan Rivard of Colorado. Gavin Ritmaha of Colorado is the couple's great-grandchild.
Yvonne and James Rivard, 1959
Yvonne and James Rivard, 2009
James and Yvonne had a blessing of their vows at St. Thomas Church in Escanaba, with Rev. Rick Courier officiating. After mass, a dinner was held at the Terrace Bay Inn in the Embers Room.
James and Yvonne lived in Colorado for 26 years, then in Aurora for 21 years and in Fort Collins, Colo., for five years before returning to Michigan.
James worked as owner and operator of a trash business for 21 years, and Yvonne worked in service in Aurora. Upon moving to Fort Collins, the couple opened a sub shop and fast-food restaurant. After moving to Escanaba, they owned and operated the Main Street Cafe, 1301 Ludington St., for 8 years before retiring.
The couple now resides in Gladstone.