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

Dannie Lucas

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May 4, 1958 – September 5, 1994

Daniel Robert “Dannie” Lucas spent most of his life in Battle Creek before moving to Chicago in 1991.  Lucas worked as a hairstylist, was long active with the Alano Club, and performed in community theater, realizing a long-held dream with his final role in “A Streetcar Named Desire” playing Stanley Kowalski.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 36.

Gay Chicago, September 22, 1994

Aimee Stephens

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December 7, 1960 – May 12, 2020

Originally from North Carolina, Redford resident and trailblazing activist Aimee Stephens was fired from her job as a funeral director in Garden City in 2013 when she revealed she was transgender and would be living as a woman.  She filed suit against her employer but did not live to witness the Supreme Court decision that her firing violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Stephens was survived by her wife Donna.

New York Times, May 12, 2020

Between The Lines, May 18, 2020 [online only]

Charles Jewell

Charles Jewell pic

February 13, 1963 – January 10, 1995

Port Huron native and lifelong resident Charles James Jewell graduated with the class of 1981 from Port Huron High School and worked as a computer operator for a local bank.  Confronted few resources in St. Clair County for people with HIV, Jewell founded HIV/AIDS Support Services in 1993.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 31.

Cruise, January 18, 1995

Dorothy Lawrence

Dorothy Lawrence pic

March 14, 1939 – January 5, 2017

The supportive mother of her gay son, Dorothy Lee Lawrence was born in Albion and spent much of her life in Battle Creek.  She worked as a secretary and transcriptionist before enjoying a 24-year career with the Kellogg Company, all while raising a family.  After retiring to Florida, she became active with the local chapter of Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays.

Battle Creek Enquirer, May 9, 2017

Michele Donnelly

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December 12, 1958 – July 27, 2018

Dexter resident Michele Lee Donnelly was born in Detroit and graduated with the class of 1976 from Redford Union High School.  She enjoyed camping on Lake Michigan and watching Tiger Baseball and was a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor.  Donnelly and her wife Sherry Smith were together 30 years.

Ann Arbor News, August 1, 2018