Gordon Moilanen

April 17, 1933 – January 17, 2008

Gordon Toivo “Gordie” Moilanen graduated from Hancock High School in 1951 and went on to work for Detroit and Northern Savings and Loan.  He later served as dean of financial aid at Soumi College, retiring in 1995.  In the late 1950s, Moilanen subscribed to the pioneering homophile publication ONE magazine.

Daily Mining Gazette, January 19, 2008

Peg Powell

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July 27, 1933 – March 22, 2019

Margaret “Peg” Powell was born in Lansing and served as an MP with the Women’s Army Corps during the Korean War.  She raised her younger sister and two children of her own and studied to become an LPN, specializing in hospice care.  Powell was active in Lansing’s lesbian community in the 1970s and 1980s before moving to Wisconsin.  She was survived by Mary Kay Schleiter, her partner of 32 years.

Lesbian Connection, November/December 2019

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Wanda Jubb

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April 30, 1933 – October 2, 2015

Wanda Hope Jubb was born in Nunica and went on to a distinguished career in education.  She earned her Bachelor’s and two M.A.s from Western Michigan University and her Ed.D. from the University of Alabama.  She taught and coached in the Vicksburg Public Schools and for 24 years served with the Michigan Department of Education.  She was preceded in death by her partner Muriel Van Patten.

Lansing State Journal, October 11, 2015

Silver Lee Garske

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June 19, 1933 – August 3, 2017

Silver Lee Garske, a Kalamazoo native and resident of the village of Mattawan, played fast pitch softball.  She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in education from Western Michigan University and went on to teach gym for 33 years, retiring from the Harper Creek Community Schools in 1987.  Garske was preceded in death by her life companion of 65 years Betty Clark.

Kalamazoo Gazette, August 6, 2017

Win Wells

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April 3, 1933 – December 6, 1983

Originally from Arkansas, Winfred Wells was raised in Detroit and in the 1950s became a noted local beatnik poet.  In the 1960s he performed female impersonation under his own name at the Diplomat Lounge.  Wells subsequently moved to England, where he wrote screenplays and lived with his longtime companion, director Silvio Narizzano.

London Times, December 8, 1983

Beverly Alleger

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August 11, 1933 – April 28, 2007

Osseo resident Beverly Alleger was a school bus driver before becoming of surveyor for the Michigan Department of Agriculture, where she worked for 25 years.  She was a strong supporter of animal rights.  Alleger met her life partner Bobbi Byrd in 1977 through her involvement in Lansing’s lesbian community and the two had a commitment ceremony for their 20th anniversary.

Lesbian Connection, July-August 2007