April 29, 1949 – January 25, 2018
A native of Warren, Ohio, Rev. Senia Taipale attended Wittenberg University and earned her Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. After moving to Michigan, she became Director of Pastoral Care at Sparrow Hospital in 1992, a position she held for 18 years. She and Jo Hartwell, her life partner of 31 years, were married in December 2015.
Lansing State Journal, January 28, 2018
October 21, 1949 – May 28, 2007
Born in Detroit, Kathye Jo Langstaff of Dexter attended Belleville High School and went on to work with developmentally disabled adults. An avid sports fan, Langstaff played third-base on several Ann Arbor area lesbian softball teams and later served as base coach.
Lesbian Connection September/October 2007
July 18, 1949 – August 9, 2006
Detroit native Colleen Annette Regan was valedictorian of the class of 1967 at McKenzie High School and went on to earn her B.A. and M.A. in education from the University of Maryland. She left teaching to pursue a 20-year career as a Certified Public Accountant, retiring in 2003. Regan and her partner Kathe Kirkbride resided in New Mexico.
Lesbian Connection, November/December 2006
June 25, 1949 – December 5, 2011
Margaret Ellen “Maggie” Mendoskin was born in Flint and was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Mendoskin earned her cosmetology license in 1970 and worked as a hairstylist in the Flint area for more than three decades. She and her partner Melinda Rea shared a home in Genesee Township and were later buried together.
Allen Funeral Home
July 13, 1949 – June 27, 2010
In 1966, Gretchen Sue Fogel-Daniels graduated from Highland Park High School, where she sang in the choir. She studied voice at Oberlin College and later worked as a secretary at the University of Michigan. Fogel and her life partner Carla Daniels sued University Townhouses in Ann Arbor when denied “family” housing, securing a settlement that opened the co-op to same-sex couples.
The Tennessean, June 30, 2010
In Memory of Gretchen Fogel
January 26, 1949 – June 16, 2009
A native of Tennessee, Judith Cantor earned degrees in business and accounting. She and her life partner of 30 years Kathe Rauche resided in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, where they were active in the local LGBTQ community. As a teenager, Cantor attended Interlochen Center for the Arts High School in northern lower Michigan.
QNotes, June 27, 2009
The Reporter, September 2009
June 14, 1949 – February 1, 2017
Lansing native and former resident Vicki “Vic” Fitzpatrick earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and Master’s from Central Michigan. She was a social worker for Community Mental Health and prevention coordinator for Clinton County Substance Abuse Center in St. Johns. In 1991, Fitzpatrick relocated to Florida, where she lived with her spouse Sandra Hudson.
Lansing State Journal, February 7, 2017