Deborah Ann Mortimer

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January 30, 1939 – September 1, 2016

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Deborah Ann Mortimer graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School, attended Albion College, and earner Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Oakland University.  An avid golfer and artist, she taught elementary school from 1974 to 2004.  Mortimer and her life partner of 40 years Liana Holton shared a home in Bloomfield Hills.

Detroit Free Press, September 11, 2016

Sheila Fortuin

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May 3, 1952 – November 23, 2016

Born in Byron Center, Portage resident Sheila Fortuin graduated from Byron Center High School in 1970, and attended Ferris State University for a short time before taking a job with the city of East Grand Rapids.  She later worked at the Rock-Tenn paper plant in Otsego until its closure in 2004.  Fortuin and her life partner Trish Breithaupt shared 21 years together.

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David Adamany

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September 23, 1936 – November 10, 2016

David Adamany served as president of Wayne State University from 1982 to 1997.  A native of Janesville, Wisconsin, he earned his B.A. and J.D. from Harvard and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.  During his tenure at the helm of Wayne, he remained discrete about being gay.  His sexuality was an open secret, however, and behind the scenes Adamany lent his support to various LGBT causes.

Between The Lines, November 24, 2016

Janet Thering

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September 21, 1951 – August 9, 2016

Janet Thering played varsity basketball while a student at Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant, graduated from Aquinas College, and taught physical education in the Grand Rapids Schools for 20 years.  A founder of the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus, Thering attended every Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival from 1976 to 2015.  She and her wife Ruth Allerton were together 16 years.

Grand Rapids Press. August 14, 2016

Morning Sun, August 17, 2016

Saje Nieto

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February 14, 1996 – February 12, 2016

Born in Tecumseh, Saja Mykel Nieto graduated in 2014 from Adrian High School, where he was active in the LGBT Club and the Color Guard.  In addition to studying zoology at Northern Michigan University, Nieto worked at Pet Supplies Plus, as a supervisor at Adrian Image Center, and as a manager at B Fit.

Adrian Daily Telegram, February 15, 2016

Judith Ann McNeill

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February 5, 1940 – February 1, 2016

Judith Ann McNeill graduated from Wayne State University and worked for the Detroit House of Correction before moving to Holland in 1976.  She operated the Zeeland Pet Shop in the 1980s and finished her career with Sears.  McNeill was survived by her wife Nora Ewing.

Holland Sentinel, February 3, 2016

Kathy Ann Rodesiler

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January 14, 1956 – May 13, 2016

Born in Coldwater, Kathy Ann Rosesiler served 23 years in the U.S. Army.  Upon retirement from the military, Rodesiler took a job with South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy program as a Master Sargent Cadre and logistician.  Hilda Ross, her spouse of 34 years, survived her.

Daily Reporter, May 18, 2016