Cody Petzold

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August 12, 1993 – December 26, 2014

Cody Petzold was valedictorian of his class at Holly High School in 2011 and went on to become a student leader and LGBT activist at Oakland University.  In addition to studying human resources, he served as the vice president of the campus Gay Straight Alliance and interned with the Chrysler Corporation.

Daily Tribune, December 30, 2014

Oakland Post, January 8, 2015

Theresa Ann Fabus

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December 12, 1968 – January 18, 2014

Theresa Fabus was born in Alma and graduated from Ashley High School in 1987.  She went on to attend Alma College and Lansing Community College and later worked as a sports writer for the Meridian Weekly.  Fabus and her partner Traci Gulick shared a home in Ovid.

Lansing State Journal, January 20, 2014

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D.J. Boos

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April 4, 1965 – March 14, 2014

Danny W. (D.J.) Boos Jr. grew up in Beaverton and graduated from the Beaverton Rural Schools in 1982.  After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1989, he moved to Chicago where he worked in the hospitality industry.  Long active in the Windy City LGBT community, Boos was named Mr. Chicago Leather in 1997.

Windy City Times, March 19, 2014

Sharon Schnipke

May 2, 1964 – December 14, 2014

Sharon Schnipke of Lowell graduated from Kenowa Hills High School in Grand Rapids and earned a degree in accounting from Davenport University in 1984.  She was a claims administrator with Foremost Insurance.  Schepke was preceded in death by her life partner Renee Grant.

Grand Rapids Press, December 21, 2014

Renee Grant

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December 16, 1958 – December 8, 2014

Lowell resident Renee Grant worked as an independent real estate agent in Grand Rapids.  She received support from Pink Arrow fundraisers in her seven-year battle with cancer.  She was active in various local causes and delivered Christmas boxes for the Santa Claus Girls.  Grant’s life partner Sharon Schnepke survived her by eight days.

Grand Rapids Press, December 14, 2014

Thomas Shaw

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August 28, 1945 – October 17, 2014

Marvil Thomas Shaw III was born in Battle Creek, grew up in Coldwater, and attended Alma College.  A celibate gay monk ordained into the priesthood in 1971, Shaw became Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts in 1995.  Throughout his tenure, he advocated for minority rights, for allowing women, gay men, and lesbians to be ordained, and for other causes of social justice.

Bay Windows, October 23, 2014

Robert Harper

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April 7, 1921 – June 15, 2014

As a fighter pilot in World War II, Pontiac native and Rochester Hills resident Robert Harper survived weeks in the jungles of the Philippines after his plane was shot down.  With degrees from Albion and Michigan State University, he taught in the Waterford Schools for twenty-five years.  Harper was of a generation that never told their parents they were gay.

Oakland Press, June 22, 2014