Janice Zygmontowicz

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January 18, 1954 – December 3, 2013

Born in Detroit, Janice Zygmontowicz moved to Mt. Pleasant in the 1970s to attend Central Michigan University, where she earned four varsity letters, and played for the championship field hockey team.  She worked as an electrician at CMU and later earned a Master’s degree in counseling and became an outpatient therapist.

Morning Sun, December 4, 2013

Don Hazlett

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September 17, 1932 – June 23, 2010

A native of Ypsilanti, Donald Hazlett served in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950s.  Hazlett later operated Don’s Beef N Ale in Detroit and with Paul Espenscheid co-owned Menjo’s during the 1990s.  He and Espenscheid shared the Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the 1994 Detroit area Pride Banquet.

Toledo Blade, June 26, 2010

Michael LaGatella

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July 24, 1967 – January 28, 1991

Michael LaGatella graduated from Lincoln High School in Warren and tended bar at the Woodward in Detroit while attending Wayne State University.  After he took his own life, LaGatella’s friends established a scholarship in his name for gay and lesbian students at Wayne.

Cruise, February 6, 1991

Between The Lines, September 19, 2013

Marcia Elise Baker

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July 24, 1953 – July 18, 2010

Grosse Pointe resident Marcia Elise Baker earned her doctor of osteopathy at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri.  Specializing in internal medicine, she was later on staff at Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center.  She was survived by Dr. Claudia Osborn, her life partner of 25 years.

Grosse Pointe News, July 29, 2010

Lucia Maria Patritto

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September 11, 1957 – March 18, 2014

A native of the small town of Wakefield and a graduate of Gogebic Community College, Lucia Patritto served in the 1980s as executive director of DOVE, a domestic violence service agency.  She later became Michigan State University extension director for the western counties of the Upper Peninsula.

Ironwood Daily Globe, March 22, 2014

Esmeralda Bermudez

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December 19, 1983 – April 28, 2016

Kalamazoo resident Esmeralda Bermudez graduated from Traverse City High School in 2005, earned her associates degree from Northern Michigan College, and worked as a dental technician.  She was survived by two daughters and her wife Jade Austin Morgan.

Dignity Memorial obituary