Marquette Orphanage Taken in Foreclosure

The years of controversy about Marquette’s former Holy Family Orphans Home may soon be coming to an end.

The orphanage has been taken in foreclosure from owners Roger and Geraldine Rinne of Phoenix, Arizona.

The foreclosure sale is set for April 27th at the Marquette County Courthouse.

Marquette City Attorney Ron Keefe says the Rinnes have taken out two mortgages on the orphanage property over the years.

The Rinnes owe about $980,000 on one of those mortgages.

Keefe tells us he’s not sure yet how the foreclosure will affect the city’s lawsuit against Roger Rinne.

The city sued him in 2008 for violating the city’s blight ordinance.

A year and a half ago, a judge ordered Roger Rinne to pay about $6,000 dollars in building fines and penalties that he owes the city.

The Rinnes were also ordered to make a series of repairs to the property to bring it up to code.

They have not done any of those things.