Nita Hardie

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July 8, 1929 – September 23, 2012

A native of Breckinridge, Texas, Nita Hardie served as political science professor from 1964 to 1992 at Western Michigan University.  There, she inaugurated courses on race and gender, established the Women’s Studies Program.  Hardie was also a founding member of the Michigan Democratic Party Women’s Caucus.

Kalamazoo Gazette, October 14, 2012

Sharon Schnipke

May 2, 1964 – December 14, 2014

Sharon Schnipke of Lowell graduated from Kenowa Hills High School in Grand Rapids and earned a degree in accounting from Davenport University in 1984.  She was a claims administrator with Foremost Insurance.  Schepke was preceded in death by her life partner Renee Grant.

Grand Rapids Press, December 21, 2014

Renee Grant

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December 16, 1958 – December 8, 2014

Lowell resident Renee Grant worked as an independent real estate agent in Grand Rapids.  She received support from Pink Arrow fundraisers in her seven-year battle with cancer.  She was active in various local causes and delivered Christmas boxes for the Santa Claus Girls.  Grant’s life partner Sharon Schnepke survived her by eight days.

Grand Rapids Press, December 14, 2014

Judith Ann McNeill

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February 5, 1940 – February 1, 2016

Judith Ann McNeill graduated from Wayne State University and worked for the Detroit House of Correction before moving to Holland in 1976.  She operated the Zeeland Pet Shop in the 1980s and finished her career with Sears.  McNeill was survived by her wife Nora Ewing.

Holland Sentinel, February 3, 2016

Homer F___

August 8, 1908 – November 13, 1984

Autoworker Homer F___ was arrested in 1938 while cruising in the Strand Theater in downtown Flint.  The judge in his case asked if he should be sterilized, if that would solve his condition.  After completing probation, he served in U.S. Army during World War II, married, and later moved to Washington State, fathering five children.

Anacortes American, November 14, 1984

Jack Pierson

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October 11, 1913 – August 20, 1997

Flint native Jack Pierson was a fierce Leftist.  Employed by General Motors, following World War II, he and his longtime partner Robert Purcell moved to Long Island.  After Purcell’s death in 1976, Pierson returned to Michigan where he became an avid supporter of the Flint Institute of Arts, donating dozens of photographs, etchings, and lithographs to the museum.

Flint Journal, August 22, 1997