Lee LaForge

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June 21, 1971 – June 3, 2016

Ishpeming native Lee Allen LaForge grew up in Republic, was a 1989 graduate of Republic-Michigamme High School, and went on to earn his Master of Science from Northern Michigan University.  He was active in the Marquette arts scene, directing and performing in local theater.  At the time of his death, LaForge worked as an adjunct professor at NMU, as a tutor, and as manager of Book World.

Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home

Andrea Still Gray

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October 15, 1971 – December 29, 2015

Andrea Elizabeth Still Gray grew up in Royal Oak and earned her B.A. in cultural anthropology from Wayne State University and later received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston.  Her career included working for a communications firm and as an archivist at Harvard and a librarian for the Massachusetts State House.  She and her spouse Julie Gray were married in 2009.

Detroit News, January 10, 2016

Remembering Andrea Still Gray

Quinn Collins

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November 17, 1971 – November 1, 2010

Quinn Collins came out as a transman to his mother in 2002 and inspired her to form Chicago’s first chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays specifically devoted to parents of transgender offspring.  Months before his death, Collins moved to New Buffalo, where police questioning about the gender on his driver’s license during a traffic stop made him feel unsafe in the small Michigan town.

Windy City Times, November 10, 2010

Dee Plamondon

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November 11, 1971 – April 19, 2017

A member of the Muskegon High School class of 1990, Deborah “Dee” Plamondon later worked at Walmart and Meijer stores.  She was self-employed in the culinary field with the dream of operating her own food truck.  She loved fishing, thunderstorms, and Tupac Shakur.

Muskegon Chronicle, April 23, 2017