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
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
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
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