Robin Ware

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November 26, 1957 – August 31, 2003

Taylor resident Robin Enez Ware contracted HIV from her husband and passed the virus to her daughter at birth.  As a social worker for AIDS Partnership, Ware targeted outreach to at-risk populations and help educate people that AIDS was not simply a gay disease, work that was highlighted in a July 1997 issue of the Detroit Free Press.  She died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

No known obituary.

Jim Klinesteker

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October 7, 1957 – September 13, 1992

James Klinesteker was a zookeeper at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids and a prominent leader in the city’s gay and lesbian community.  After attending the 1987 March on Washington, he became one of the founders of The Network and as its president helped open its community center in 1991.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 35.

Network newsletter, October 1992

Wade Keas

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March 27, 1957 – December 16, 1988

Wade Leroy Keas grew up in the town of Ravenna and became active in the Gay/Lesbian Council while a student at Michigan State University.  He later lived in Austin, Texas, where he worked in the state attorney general’s office.  He died from a drug overdose and of complications from AIDS at age 33.

This Week in Texas, January 13, 1989

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