September 26, 1941 – December 10, 2010
Allegan resident Dianna “Jo” Bortz and her husband Jay were active in the Holland/Lakeshore chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Saugatuck. Prior to retirement, Bortz worked in senior care and protective services.
Kalamazoo Gazette, December 16, 2010
February 17, 1965 – May 17, 2010
Janine Denommé was born in Detroit and majored in religious studies at the University of Detroit Mercy. She later earned her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania and served as director of youth programs at the Center on Halsted in Chicago. In April 2010, Denommé fulfilled a lifelong dream and was ordained by the Roman Catholic Womenpriests contrary to the Church’s ban on women priests.
Huffington Post, May 19, 2010
Detroit News, May 28, 2010
Elegy for Janine Denommé
May 26, 1951 – November 24, 2010
Jackson resident Christine Lee Abshire went to Saranac High School and worked as a communications supervisor for Huron Valley Ambulance for nearly 30 years. She was survived by three sons and her life partner Debbie Oldenburg.
Ann Arbor News, November 28, 2010
July 21, 1964 – May 8, 2010
Eaton Rapids native Roger “Chip” Neufer II worked as a custodian with the local schools in the 1980s and later owned and trained horses for harness racing. He shared a home in Lansing’s Old Town with partner Mark Mattocks.
Lansing State Journal, May 9, 2010
July 10, 1926 – June 22, 2010
Margaret Lorick of Flint was employed as a cafeteria worker, a machine operator, and an office secretary before earning her degree to become a teacher. Lorick described attending gay house parties hosted by Ruth Ellis in Detroit during the 1950s for an essay in the collection Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America.
Lawrence Moon Funeral Home
October 17, 1930 – July 31, 2010
JoAnn Westrick grew up in Toledo, Ohio and earned her B.S. in Nursing from Wayne State in Detroit in 1969. From 1975 to 1993 she taught on the faculty of Michigan State University college of Nursing, specializing in psychiatric mental-health nursing. She was survived by her partner of 27 years Donna Hardenberg.
Lansing State Journal, August 2, 2010
April 14, 1942 – June 26, 2010
Betsy Lou Robson of Lansing worked as a bus driver for the Capital Area Transit Authority from 1973 to 2001. Following her death, her family established a scholarship in her name for LGBT students at Lansing Community College.
Lansing State Journal, August 15, 2010
LAHR newsletter, March 2011