Raymond Shepherd

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August 3, 1948 – February 27, 2018

Former Ferndale resident Raymond Edward Shepherd was born in Detroit and studied at Oakland Community College and Lawrence Tech.  He worked as a computer programmer and analyst for various firms and was a deacon and longtime member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.  At the time of his death, Shepherd lived in a senior community in Hazel Park.

Between The Lines, March 15, 2018

Dianna Bortz

September 26, 1941 – December 10, 2010

Allegan resident Dianna “Jo” Bortz and her husband Jay were active in the Holland/Lakeshore chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.  She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Saugatuck.  Prior to retirement, Bortz worked in senior care and protective services.

Kalamazoo Gazette, December 16, 2010

Connie McConnohie

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September 14, 1944 – June 24, 2005

Born in Los Angeles, Connie McConnohie moved to Detroit in the early1970s where she worked for the city’s department of social services and became involved in gay lib politics.  After a split with the Detroit Gay Activists, McConnohie formed the Motor City Alliance of Gays and published Gayzette, a short-lived local gay newspaper.  In 1973, she ran as an open lesbian for a city council seat, losing in the primary.

Detroit Free Press, April 18, 2006

Connie McConnohie remembrance by East Side Republican Club

Joan Corbin

May 21, 1921 – March 4, 2004

Joan Jeanette Corbin was born in Armada, grew up in Richmond, and moved to Los Angeles in 1946.  With her then-partner Irma Wolf, Corbin was a founding member of the board for ONE Incorporated, publisher of ONE magazine.  She served as art director for ONE under the pseudonym Eve Everlee from 1953 to 1963.  Corbin continued to draw into her 70s, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

No known obituary

Joan Corbin papers at the ONE Archives

Vicki Arcaro

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October 20, 1966 – May 19, 2014

Vicki Arcaro grew up in Jackson and graduated from Jackson High School.  She earned her Bachelor’s from Michigan State University and was employed as an imaging technician for Allegiance Health for 21 years.  She died at age 47 after a three-year battle with cancer.  Arcaro was survived by her wife Jaime Sabin and daughter Gabby.

Jackson Citizen-Patriot, May 22, 2014