Marvin Burrows

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February 19, 1936 – December 14, 2013

At age 15, after Flint native Marvin Burrows started dating his life partner Bill Swenor, his father kicked him out of the house.  Swenor’s mother welcomed Burrows into their home.  The couple moved to California in the mid-1960s.  When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom authorized same-sex marriages in San Francisco in 2004, the couple was married at City Hall.

Bay Area Reporter, December 19, 2013

Huffington Post, December 23, 2013

Neva Weidig

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August 3, 1926 – December 26, 2013

Detroit native Neva Weidig graduated from Denby High School in 1944 and earned her Bachelor’s from Heidelberg University in 1949.  She was a Girl Scout troop leader and was employed with Kmart corporate headquarters.  Weidig shared a home in Royal Oak with her partner of 45 years Dianne Chapman.

Daily Tribune, December 27, 2013

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Del Thusius

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May 23, 1927 – March 26, 2013

Dolore “Del” Thusius earned his Bachelor’s in music from Valaraiso University and his Master’s in education from Western Michigan University.  Thusius taught choir at Portage Central High School from 1955 to 1983 and directed annual musicals.  He shared a home in Kalamazoo with his partner of 48 years David Reichard.

Kalamazoo Gazette, March 23, 2013

Cheri Jo Fiebig

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October 12, 1961 – November 19, 2013

Madison Heights High School grad Cheri Jo Fiebig performed for more than 30 years as a male impersonator, appearing at the State Bar in Flint, Silent Legacy in Inkster, and other bars in Metro Detroit in the 1980s and ‘90s.   She was featured on such local TV shows as Good Morning Detroit and Kelly & Company.  Fiebig later relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and died from lung cancer at age 52.

Detroit News, November 30, 2013

Betty Jo Hudson

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November 19, 1930 – October 4, 2013

A native of Muncie, Indiana, Betty Jo Hudson earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s from Ball State University.  After a long career as a university administrator, including more than two decades at Ohio State University, she and her life partner Barbara Young retired to Torch Lake in the northern lower peninsula.

Traverse City Record-Eagle, October 8, 2013

Janice Zygmontowicz

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January 18, 1954 – December 3, 2013

Born in Detroit, Janice Zygmontowicz moved to Mt. Pleasant in the 1970s to attend Central Michigan University, where she earned four varsity letters, and played for the championship field hockey team.  She worked as an electrician at CMU and later earned a Master’s degree in counseling and became an outpatient therapist.

Morning Sun, December 4, 2013