George Francoeur

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April 18, 1934 – August 17, 2019

George Russell Francoeur of Bloomfield Township graduated from Highland Park High School, studied design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and earned his MFA from the University of Michigan.  He later taught art history at Henry Ford Community College for 30 years.  Francoeur was preceded in death in 2007 by his life partner of 42 years Gerald “Jerry” Earls.

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors

Kenneth Kammann

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April 22, 1955 – September 12, 1989

Kenneth John Kammann grew up on Detroit’s East Side and graduated in 1973 from Bishop Gallagher High School in Harper Woods.  After attending Macomb Community College, Kallmann moved to San Francisco where he had a successful career in sales and co-founded the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Chorus.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 34.

Detroit Free Press, September 16, 1989

Bay Area Reporter, September 21, 1989

Cheryl Lantinga

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July 8, 1944 – May 15, 2020

Clinton Township resident Cheryl Margaret Lantinga was Homecoming Queen her senior year at Lamphere High School in Madison Heights, where she graduated in 1962.  She later studied at Oakland University and was employed with Consumers Energy for 31 years.  In her retirement, she volunteered at area hospital gift shops.  Lantinga was survived by her life partner Colleen Stout.

Detroit Free Press, May 18, 2020

Sylvia Robinson

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October 28, 1941 – June 15, 2001

Sylvia Robinson moved to Detroit at age 10, attended Northwestern High School, and earned her MSW from Wayne State.  In 1977, she was appointed liaison to the gay community for the city’s Human Rights Department.  Robinson also co-founded the Detroit Coalition of Black Gays in 1979, served as education officer for the Michigan Organization for Human Rights, and later attended Full Truth Fellowship Church.

No known obituary

Ernie Lee

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January 6, 1958 – August 16, 1993

Ernie Lee was born and grew up in Flint. He later moved to Dearborn, tended bar at the Hayloft Saloon and the Crystal Peacock in Detroit, and sang with the Detroit Together Men’s Chorus.  With the death of his lover Jerry in 1989, Lee moved to Chicago, where he became active with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and lived with his companion Gregg.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 35.

Cruise, September 8, 1993

Kim Lint

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March 29, 1964 – June 6, 2020

Kimberly Sherie Lint of Cedar Springs was born in Lansing and graduated from Montabella High School on Blanchard in 1982, attended Montcalm Community College, and played women’s softball.  Lint was later employed at Presto Print for 36 years.  She and Kandy Schreiner were united in marriage in September 2019.

Grand Rapids Press, June 7, 2020

Richard Dingley

November 20, 1919 – April 6, 2008

Fort Wayne, Indiana native Richard Dingley served as a Warrant Officer in World War II.  He worked for many years with International Harvester in Traverse City before retiring to Cincinnati, Ohio.   Dingley enjoyed baseball, railroads, and opera.  He was a longtime subscriber to the early homophile magazine the Mattachine Review in the 1950s.

Cincinnati Enquirer, April 13, 2008

Jere Van Syoc

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April 22, 1935 – January 6, 2018

Painter, sculptor, and pioneering filmmaker Jere Van Syoc graduated from Lincoln High in Ferndale.  She went on to earn her B.A. and M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and later taught at Western Michigan University and Nazareth College.  In 1977, Van Syoc co-founded Aradia in Grand Rapids, where her home was known as “a palace for the goddess.”  She died at age 82 in West Virginia.

High Lawn Funeral Home

Jere Van Syoc Collection at The Woman Behind the Camera

Marvin Marks

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March 13, 1931 – April 20, 2015

Marvin Phillip Marks of Southfield started his own accounting firm in the early 1960s.  In the 1970s and 1980s, he held leadership positions in numerous local gay organizations, including Dignity/Detroit, the Motor City Business Forum, the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council, the Forum Foundation, and Wellness Networks.  Marks received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Pride Banquet in 2009.

Between The Lines, April 23, 2015

Marvin P. Marks Papers at the Reuther Library

Susan Christner

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June 23, 1945 – April 11, 2012

Longtime Wyandotte resident Susan Ann Christner graduated from Central High School in Flint in 1963 and earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1976.  She went on to get her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UM in Ann Arbor in 1998 and went into private practice.  She was survived by two sons and her partner Linda Sprankle.

Flint Journal, April 15, 2012