Marina Doukales

July 7, 1940 – August 11, 2011

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Marina Doukales moved with her mother to Ann Arbor in the 1960s.  She later worked as a phlebotomist with the University of Michigan Hospital for 20 years.  Doukales and her partner of 32 years Nora Forde resided in Whitmore Lake before retiring to Desert Hot Springs, California.

Desert Sun, August 20, 2011

Stephen Gendin

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February 20, 1966 – July 19, 2000

Stephen Gendin was a teenage member of Mensa and valedictorian of the Ypsilanti High School class of 1984.  While studying at Brown University, he learned he had HIV.  Gerdin went on to become a leading activist in ACT UP/New York, a columnist for POZ magazine, and the founder of Community Prescription Service, a mail-order pharmacy distributor.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 34.

New York Times, July 22,2000

Remembering Stephen Gendin on YouTube

Stephen Gendin Papers at Yale University

Betty Finout

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December 20, 1922 – August 6, 2019

Lake Ann resident and Clare native Betty Jane Finout worked on the assembly line in Flint during World War II and earned her B.S. from Central Michigan University.  She went on to coach and teach physical education at schools in Fenton, Holly, Lake Fenton, and Owosso.  Finout enjoyed an active retirement into her 90s and was survived by two children and by longtime partner Samantha Niergarth.

Lesbian Connection, January/February 2020

Schawne Parker

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January 7, 1967 – June 26, 2004

Schawne Anthony Parker grew up in Detroit, graduated from Chadsey High School in 1985, and attended General Motors Institute before completing his B.S. in chemistry at Michigan State University.  He served as first president of Men of Color Motivational Group and was later executive director of the HIV/AIDS agency Center Health Outreach Workers.  Parker was survived by his longtime partner Marius Padieu.

Between The Lines, July 8, 2004

Karen Knudstrup

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May 25, 1939 – September 17, 2017

Born in Mason, Karen Anne Knudstrup graduated from Mason High School, earned her Bacherlor’s in social science in 1961 at Michigan State University, and went on to teach physical education in Catholic and public high schools in Chicago.  She was a delegate in the teacher’s union and also served in the U.S. Navy Reserves.  Knudstrup was survived by Diana Haskell, her partner of 52 years.

Chicago Tribune, September 30, 2017

Floyd Dunn

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March 5, 1951 – April 17, 1996

Native Detroiter Floyd Dunn was a playwright, civil rights activist, and leader in the 1980s of the Detroit Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays.  Dunn later served as the founding director of the Black AIDS non-profit organization Project Survival and advocated for the inclusion of men and women of color in clinical trials.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

No known obituary

Al Davey

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May 8, 1998 – July 3, 2018

Al Davey attended East Kentwood High School in Kentwood and went on to study communications and creative writing at Eastern Michigan University.  They also edited Cellar Roots, the EMU literary and arts magazine and authored At the Close: A Collection of Poems.  Davey was non-binary and active with the campus group QUEST, Queer Unity for Eastern Students.  They took their own life at age 20.

Grand Rapids Press, July 4, 2018

Eastern Echo, July 9, 2018

 

Tim Warady

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October 2, 1956 – June 6, 1998

Timothy John Warady was born in Detroit and attended Lincoln Park High School.  Diagnosed as HIV+ in the late 1980s, Warady became a tireless AIDS activist, volunteering and working with Friends Alliance, the NAMES Project, Wellness House, and other groups.  He and his partner Robert Whitney shared a home in Lincoln Park.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.

Between The Lines, June 25, 1998

Therese Marie Bluhm

April 5, 1934 – September 25, 2012

Mancelona resident Therese Marie Bluhm attended Detroit parochial schools, received her Bachelor’s at Marygrove College, and earned her Masters at the University of Detroit.  After teaching public school she moved to Massachusetts in the early 1960s and had a 33-year career with the Silver Burdett Ginn textbook company.  Bluhm was preceded in death by her beloved partner Elizabeth Houston.

Boston Globe, September 26, 2012

Bedford Funeral Home

David Zechel

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February 2, 1944 – April 3, 1995

David John Zechel of Farmington Hills was born in Detroit and graduated from Edwin Denby High School in 1962.  He went on to work as a noted local interior decorator.  In the early 1970s, along with his then partner, Rev. Robert Cullinan, Zechel was an early member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 51.

Detroit Free Press, April 5, 1995