GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) 00 They held a Memorial service Saturday night for the 4 members of the congregation of the Holy Spirit Parish in Grand Rapids who died on a missionary trip to Haiti this weekend.
Dead are Mary Laponsie, Jim and Rita Cwengros, who were veterans of the mission and Matt Kutsche, who was making the trip for the first time.
Their mission was to provide medical and dental assistance and to deliver fresh water supplies. Almost all of the 14 other members of the mission were flown back in time for the vigil.
18 were loaded into 5 vehicles, and on the way to their destination, the brakes reportedly failed in one of the vehicles and it went thru a barrier and into a ravine.