Ryan Pennacchini Hall

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December 24, 1979 – September 23, 2016

Ryan Pennacchini Hall was born in Midland and grew up in Gladwin.  He graduated from Gladwin High School and attended Eastern Michigan University before moving in 2003 to Tucson, Arizona, where he worked as a manager at Bookmans new and used bookstore.  Pennacchini Hall and his spouse Frederico Hall Pennacchini were married on October 25, 2014.

Gladwin County Record, October 5, 2016

Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home

Toni Langfield

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July 9, 1935 – April 29, 2016

Redford Township native Toni Langfield came out following a heterosexual marriage.  She enjoyed a long career as a children’s librarian in the San Francisco Bay area and was active in Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.  Langfield was preceded in death by a son and was survived by another son, two daughters, and Carly Rivers, her partner of more than 20 years.

East Bay Times, May 27, 2016

The Record, September 2016

Darnell Jones

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June 9, 1962 – June 29, 2016

Redford pharmacist Darnell Demorris Jones was as an advocate and activist for transgender people in transition.  He served as vice president of the Gender Identity Network Alliance and co-founded the group Transcend the Binary.  For his outreach work, Jones received the Outstanding Ally Award from Affirmations in 2014.

Oakland County Times, June 30, 2016

Louis Farmer

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February 12, 1938 – February 1, 2016

Louis Rhodes Farmer was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and moved to Michigan in 1956.  He was employed as a custodian for the University of Michigan while working his way through college, served in the U.S. military from 1961 to 1963, and earned his M.A. in education from Eastern Michigan University in 1970.  Farmer retired from teaching with the Chlesea School District in 1988 and lived in Ypsilanti.

Ann Arbor News, February 16, 2016

Diane Bono

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July 19, 1941 – May 30, 2016

Taylor resident and Detroit native Diane Mary Bono graduated from Allen Park High School in 1959 and later worked as a cosmetology instructor.  From 1974 to 1979, along with her then-partner Donna Chartier and their friend June Reynolds, Bono operated the Casbah Lounge, the first lesbian-owned lesbian bar in Detroit.

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Donald True

February 13, 1940 – March 25, 2016

Donald Edward True grew up in Harbor Beach in Michigan’s Thumb and attended Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic High School.  Following graduation, he moved to New York City, where he operated Country City glassware in Manhattan from 1963 to 2012.  True married his life partner of more than 50 years Angelo Tufarelli in September 2015.  Tufarelli survived him by one month.

Midland Daily News, March 30, 2016

Melissa Schout

November 29, 1970 – November 3, 2016

Melissa Sorber Schout graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist High School in the class of 1988.  She later lived in Chicago before settling in Flowery Branch, Georgia outside Atlanta.  Schout was employed with RxSleep and was survived by her spouse Alicia Addington.

Grand Rapids Press, November 6, 2016

Carole Stoneking

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March 28, 1937 – February 3, 2016

Carole Lynn Stoneking was raised in Grosse Pointe, received her Bachelor’s at Wayne State University, and in 1967, she earned a scholarship to pursue her Masters in recreational leadership.  She had a 27-year career with the YWCA and later owned the Stress Management Institute of Therapeutic Massage in Columbia, South Carolina.  Stoneking also served on the steering committee for Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.

The Reporter, June 2016

Barr-Price Funeral Home

Atiba Cohen

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May 6, 1943 – March 20, 2016

Roseville resident Atiba Nosakhere Cohen, formerly of Inkster, supported the Forum Foundation, served on the board of directors of Karibu House, and was active in the formation of SAGE Detroit.  Cohen was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th annual LGBT Older Adult Summit in Detroit in 2016.

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Ruth Ketchum

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June 18, 1929 – April 28, 2016

Gobles High School graduate Ruth Evonne Ketchum attended Western Michigan University and worked for many years at Upjohn pharmaceuticals.  She played on the Brodys competitive fast-pitch softball team as catcher.  Ketchum also took part in Kalamazoo’s annual Pride parade, attended Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and belonged to Phoenix Community Church.

Kalamazoo Gazette, May 1, 2016