January 27, 1958 – June 16, 2015
A Lincoln Park resident and New Jersey native, Grace McClelland worked for two decades in the non-profit sector before being tapped, in 2003, as first executive director of Ruth Ellis Center for LGBT youth in Metro Detroit. Following her departure from REC in 2009, she began her own consulting firm, Liberation Consulting.
Between The Lines, July 9, 2015
September 2, 1943 – November 24, 2015
Born in Pontiac, Randell “Randy” French served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, worked at the GM V-8 Engine Plant in Flint, and belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Ortonville. For a time, he also tended bar at the Interchange and other Detroit gay nightspots.
Flint Journal, May 15, 2016
August 14, 1958 – September 28, 2015
Hillsdale native Donna Darlene Haskell graduated from Waldron High School and worked for 36 years with Universal Industrial Products. She enjoyed country music, traveling by RV, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with friends over cold beverages. Haskell shared a home in Camden with her partner Donna Wannemacher.
Hillsdale Daily News, September 29, 2015
January 10, 1940 – May 12, 2015
Valedictorian of the Class of 1958 at Hudson High School, Judith “Judy” Cole attended Sienna Heights College and was later employed in shipping and receiving for an office supply firm. She and her life partner Linda MacBeth shared a home in Adrian.
Adrian Daily Telegram, May 14, 2015
August 27, 1965 – June 4, 2015
A graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, Vielka Holness received her B.A. from New York University. She studied law at the University of Michigan Law School, clerked with the Michigan Court of Appeals, earned a Masters from Columbia, and received certification from Harvard’s Management Development Program in Higher Ed. She capped an esteemed career serving as director for Post-Graduate Opportunities and the Pre-Law Institute of John Jay College.
Journal News, June 6, 2015
April 6, 1949 – January 23, 2015
Originally from Detroit, Adrian resident Bonnie Miller worked for Faraday fire alarm manufacturers and shared a home with her life partner Esther Stoker.
Adrian Daily Telegram, January 27, 2015
February 20, 1931 – August 22, 2015
Grand Rapids resident Dorace “Dorie” Johnson graduated from the Blodgett Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1950 and had a long career as an RN. She and her life partner Cindy Gould were active in the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Grand Rapids Press, August 25, 2015
April 21, 1958 – December 10, 2015
A Saginaw native, Melinda “Bones” Rea worked as a security guard for Courtland Center in Flint and with the Genesee County Department of Parks and Recreation. She later had am eleven-year career with the Genesee Schools.
Flint Journal, December 13, 2015
February 14, 1973 – June 3, 2015
Self-described tech nerd, scuba diver, traveler, musician, artist, photographer, cook, and gardener, Heather Moana spent her early years in Frankenmuth before moving to Battle Creek, where she graduated from Lakeview High School in 1991. Following high school, she worked for the Battle Creek Enquirer and, in 2005, relocated to California.
Battle Creek Enquirer, June 15, 2015
March 22, 1959 – August 31, 2015
Ordained into the priesthood in 2007, Rev. Karen Johanns moved to Michigan in 2008 to become rector at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Pontiac, a position she held until cancer forced her into “grouchy” retirement. Johanns was survived by her wife Claire Dodds.
Oakland Press, September 2, 2015