Linda Ann Reuther

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August 24, 1942 – September 30, 2013

Linda Ann Reuther, the daughter of UAW founder Walter P. Reuther, grew up in Detroit and Rochester and earned her Bachelor’s in education from the University of Michigan in 1965.  She taught head start for several years, operated a quilt store in Marin County, California, and later created a meditation retreat center to the north in Albion.  Reuther was survived by her life companion Michele Tellier.

Fort Bragg Advocate-News, October 10, 2013

Micheal Koutz

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January 13, 1951 – July 17, 2019

Owosso native and world traveler Micheal Eugene Koutz graduated with the Hastings High School class of 1969 and went on to Central Michigan University.  Following two decades with Adventure Travel in Kalamazoo, Koutz and Michael LoPresto established Experts Travel in 1994.  The two were also husbands and life partners, together for 39 years.

Kalamazoo Gazette, July 21, 2019

Jennifer Holiday Chanel

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June 9, 1969 – November 15, 2020

An early member of the House of Chanel, Jennifer Holiday Chanel graduated with the class of 1987 from Flint Central High School and went on to attend Eastern Michigan University.  She performed at the Nectarine in Ann Arbor, later worked at Gigi’s in Detroit, and won the Miss Gigi’s title in 1997.  The Performers Awards of Detroit honored Chanel with its Bookie Stewart Hall of Fame Award in 2017.

Between The Lines [online only], November 19, 2020

Vaughn Grubbs

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June 1, 1950 – May 11, 2007

A founding member of the Detroit Gay Liberation Front, Vaughn Perry Grubbs was born in Detroit, attended Redford High School, and completed two years at Wayne State University.  Grubbs was later employed as regional manager for a rental car agency.  His life partner Marque Sime preceded him in death by two weeks.

Detroit Free Press, May 11, 2007

Reggie Doyon

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May 22, 1940 – March 29, 2014

White Lake resident Reginal Lewis “Reggie” Doyon graduated from St. Frederick High School in Pontiac and worked at Pontiac Motors.  Following his retirement from the plant, he purchased Club Flamingo and after a year began operating the bar as a gay establishment.  In 1998, the city selected Doyon for its Business Beautification of the Year.  He continued to run the bar for another decade.

Oakland Press, March 30, 2014

Carolyn Fretz

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November 17, 1932 – October 15, 2018

Born in Jackson, Carolyn Joan Fretz graduated with the 1950 high school class from Midland High School, attended Michigan State University and the earned her Bachelor’s in phys ed from Central Michigan University.  Following a long career as an elementary teacher with the Midland Public Schools, she operated her own pet care service.  Fretz was preceded in death by life partner Gwendolyn Bagley.

Midland Daily News, October 18, 2018

Gwendolyn Bagley

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October 8, 1922 – December 17, 2011

Gwendolyn Mae Bagley was born in the Upper Peninsula town of Wilson and graduated from Powers-Spalding High School.  She earned her B.S. in physical education at Northern Michigan Teachers College, later NMU, and taught in Marquette for two years before moving to Midland to teach.  Bagley retired in 1986.  She was survvived by Carolyn Fretz, her life partner of more than 50 years.

Midland Daily News, December 20, 2011

Gary Patterson

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October 12, 1961 – March 8, 1995

Native Detroiter Gary Patterson graduated from Cass Tech High School in 1979 and earned his B.A. in psychology from Kalamazoo College in 1984.  After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Africa, Patterson worked as a counselor and educator for AIDS Care Connection and pursued a degree from Unity Union Ministerial School of Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 33.

Between The Lines, April 1995

Christopher Leland

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October 17, 1951 – July 23, 2012

Hailing from Oklahoma, Christopher Towne Leland earned degrees at Pomona College and UC San Diego before moving from California to Detroit’s Indian Village.  He taught at Wayne State University as a professor of English from 1990 until his death and authored ten books, including five novels.  He was survived by his partner of 33 years Osvaldo Sabino.

Detroit News, July 29, 2012

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Linda Caldwell

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December 13, 1949 – January 13, 2021

Originally from Iowa, Gladwin resident Linda Sue Caldwell taught high school health in Wisconsin and later at Ogemaw High in West Branch.  She was also an athletic trainer and volleyball coach.  Caldwell and her wife and partner of 38 years Susan Hightower also ran the Twisted Oak Tree Farm with an easement arranged through Little Forks Conservancy.

Gladwin County Record, January 20, 2021