Robert Penick III

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September 24, 1965 – May 23, 1992

Robert Edward Lee Penick III graduated with the class of 1983 from Cass Tech High School in Detroit.  He came out in the early 1980s on the dance floors of such gay nightclubs as Todd’s, Bookie’s, and the Famous Door.  At age 20, Penick moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 28.

No known obituary

Ellen Mettler

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May 22, 1958 – February 23, 2010

Fenton resident Ellen Joan Mettler grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from Pioneer High School in 1976.  She later had a 20-year career as program director for the Fair Winds Council of the Girl Scouts.  Mettler was survived by her life partner of 30 years Ann Anglim and their two adopted daughters.

Flint Journal, February 26, 2010

James Limbacher

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November 30, 1926 – February 8, 2003

James Louis Limbacher, audio-visual librarian with the Dearborn Public Library for 35 years, was born in Ohio and moved to Michigan in 1955.  He earned his Master’s in library science degree at Wayne State and also taught at Wayne as a world-renowned film historian.  Limbacher was active with the Association of Suburban People and the Forum Foundation.

Detroit Free Press, February 13, 2003

Gary Davis

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October 17, 1954 – December 11, 2018

Gary Scott Davis, a resident of Palm Springs, California since 2004, attended the Grand Rapids public schools and graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana.  He had a long career with the Blackmer division of Dover manufacturers in Grand Rapids.  Davis met his future husband Eric Duran in the early 1980s and the two were together more than 35 years.

Grand Rapids Press, April 24, 2019

Nancy Unwin

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February 15, 1934 – January 27, 2020

Former Rochester Hills resident Nancy Ann Unwin earned her M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit and served as a school psychologist for 25 years in Detroit, Clawson, and Lapeer.  Through Affirmations in 2001, she formed OUTSkirts, a discussion group for older lesbians.  Unwin also co-founded Women OUT & About to provide a social outlet with dances, picnics, and other activities.

Detroit Free Press, January 31, 2020

Kraig Knorr

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January 20, 1957 – November 18, 1999

Pontiac resident Kraig Marlon Knorr was born in Alpena and attended Hillman Community High School.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 to 1979 and later earned his B.A. at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he worked as a tutor in the writing center.  In the 1990s, Knorr worked as DJ at the State Bar in Flint and at Popper’s in Pontiac.

Alpena News, November 21, 1999

Marjorie Lyda

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July 20, 1930 – January 21, 2009

Marjorie Ann Lyda earned her MSW from Wayne State and in 1967 became the first African-American woman to open a psychotherapy practice in Birmingham.  She was one of the earliest therapists in Metro Detroit to provide positive counseling to gay clients and offered pioneering treatment for people now termed transgender.  Lyda also served as pastor for churches in Ferndale and Detroit.

Detroit News, January 28, 2009