40 years ago today, on 10 March 1977, my sister Cynthia Lynn Lange died at the age of 7 after falling into a river and drowning in Indian River, Cheboygan County, Michigan. I was 9 years old and we had been playing near the river when she slipped on ice and fell in. I was able to reach her and grab the hood of her winter coat, but the weight of her and her wet clothing began pulling me into the river, as well, so I let go. That single act has haunted me my entire life.
Today I honor her memory.
This Straitsland Resorter (Indian River, MI) news article published on 17 March 1977 (reprinted with permission) and death certificate are in the author’s private collection.