Carrie Koonter

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December 24, 1959 – September 19, 2018

Lifelong Laingsburg resident Carrie Lynn Koonter played on the 1978 Michigan Class D High School Softball championship team and was co-founder of the Laingsburg Women’s Golf League.  She worked for 25 years at Meijer in East Lansing.  She and Mary McDougal were together more than 30 years and were married in 2015.  Koonter died at age 58 following an extended battle with multiple sclerosis.

Lansing State Journal, September 23, 2018

Thaddeus Rusztowicz

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January 24, 1959 – July 16, 2011

Thaddeus Allen Rusztowicz of East Lansing and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was born in Detroit and earned his Bachelor’s in marketing in 1982 from Michigan State University.  He enjoyed a long career in design, retiring as president of the auto supplier LPC Manufacturing to a new career in real estate.  Rusztowicz was survived by Mark Clouse, his life partner of 21 years.

Lansing State Journal, July 19, 2011

Judy Fraidenburg

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January 20, 1959 – July 13, 2017

Judith Ann “Judy” Fraidenburg was born in St. Johns and graduated in the class of 1977 from Laingsburg High School.  She tended bar for more than 20 years at the Mayfair Bar in Haslett.  Fraidenburg and her spouse Kim Hasbrook were married in October 2015.

Watkins Brothers Funeral Home

Suzan Selewski

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August 17, 1959 – May 1, 2018

Suzan Ruth Selewski of Taylor graduated from Riverside High School in Dearborn Heights.  For 18 years she taught at Logan Elementary School in Detroit.  She retired in 2013, preceding a long battle with ovarian cancer.  Selewski was survived by her spouse and life partner of 23 years Julia Herod.

Detroit Free Press, May 5, 2018

Cindy Pigeon

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April 9, 1959 – October 10, 2018

Known as “Auntie” to tribal youth in Michigan, Cindy Pigeon of Wayland led workshops on native culture and was active with the Grand Rapids Inter-Tribal Council and the Indian Workers Conference of the United Methodist Church.  She was an avid sports enthusiast, kept score for Hopkins Public Schools, and pitched softball with the Salem Indian Mission team.  She was survived by her wife Faith Pigeon.

Grand Rapids Press, October 14, 2018

Ty Bady

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July 2, 1959 – May 23, 1987

Abraham “Ty” Bady grew up in Saginaw, graduated from Buena Vista High School, and attended Ferris State University before moving to San Francisco in 1982.  Bady was active in the organization Black and White Men Together.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.

Saginaw News, May 28, 1987

Bay Area Reporter, June 4, 1987

Scott Warren

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July 17, 1959 – December 11, 2016

Brian “Scott” Warren of Ironwood graduated from Wakefield High School and attended Northern Michigan University.  He was active in local theater and music as a performer, director, and board member.  Warren and his life partner of 35 years George Henkel were the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Gogebic County.

Ironwood Daily Globe, December 13, 2016

Karen Johanns

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March 22, 1959 – August 31, 2015

Ordained into the priesthood in 2007, Rev. Karen Johanns moved to Michigan in 2008 to become rector at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Pontiac, a position she held until cancer forced her into “grouchy” retirement.  Johanns was survived by her wife Claire Dodds.

Oakland Press, September 2, 2015