Gretchen Fogel-Daniels

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

Aaron-Carl

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August 9, 1973 – September 30, 2010

Born in Detroit, Aaron-Carl attended Detroit schools and graduated from Harry S Truman High School in Taylor.  An electronic musical artist and DJ known for house, techno, and electro-funk, he received three Performers Awards of Detroit nominations and had a Top 40 hit on Billboard’s dance chart with “My House” in 1998.  He died at age 37 from lymphoma and was survived by his partner Mel Winders.

Between The Lines, October 7, 2010

Suzie Dowden

April 17, 1934 – January 31, 2010

A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Suzanne “Suzie” Dowden majored in physical education at Miami University of Ohio and earned her Master’s from the University of Michigan in 1966.  She taught at Eastern Michigan University and had a varied career of teaching, counseling, and coaching in Detroit, Ferndale, and Kalkaska.  Dowden lived in Traverse City with her partner of 42 years Connie Riopelle.

Traverse City Record-Eagle, February 4, 2010

Mary Crimmins

November 7, 1948 – November 5, 2010

Mary Frances Crimmins of was born in Port Huron and graduated from Saints Peter & Paul High School in Saginaw.  She pursued a lifelong career as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She volunteered with Edgewood UCC Health Ministry and the Greater Lansing Food Bank.  Crimmins was survived by her life partner Carol Grayhawk.

Lansing State Journal, November 21, 2010

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

Joseph Covello

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September 20, 1920 – April 23, 2010

A 1939 graduate of Eastern High School in Lansing, Joseph Covello served in the Army Air Corps in World War II.  He operated Joe Covello’s as a mainstay in Lansing’s gay community from the early 1970s until it was closed for urban renewal in the early 1990s.  Covello was preceded in death by Helen, his wife of 63 years.

Lansing State Journal, April 25, 2010

Dianna Bortz

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