November 11, 1971 – April 19, 2017
A member of the Muskegon High School class of 1990, Deborah “Dee” Plamondon later worked at Walmart and Meijer stores. She was self-employed in the culinary field with the dream of operating her own food truck. She loved fishing, thunderstorms, and Tupac Shakur.
Muskegon Chronicle, April 23, 2017
April 17, 1942 – October 28, 2017
A founder of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, Darlene Stille enjoyed a long career as an editor in the field of publishing in Chicago, first with Encyclopedia Britannica and later with World Book. Long active in Chicago’s LGBTQ business community, she and her partner of 40 years Cynthia Marquard retired to the small Michigan town of New Buffalo.
Windy City Times, November 8, 2017
December 24, 1962 – October 8, 2017
A graduate of Portage High School, Lora Yates earned her B.S. in manufacturing administration and her M.S. in engineering management from Western Michigan University. After moving to New Jersey, she served on her local school board. In 2010, Yates, her wife Pamela, and their twins Ella and Max relocated to Illinois, where she worked as an executive for Sysmex America.
Kalamazoo Gazette, October 15, 2017
February 5, 1966 – June 9, 2017
Born in Pontiac, Duane Froelich was a 1984 graduate of Oscoda High School and a 1992 graduate of Central Michigan University. He was employed in the restaurant industry in Columbus, Ohio for 20 years before returning to Oscoda, where he worked for the auto supplier Cooper Standard.
Iosco County News-Herald, June 14, 2017
January 8, 1949 – July 24, 2017
Onetime Windsor resident and Chrysler employee, Garnet “Bill” Beetham was owner of the Male Box in Detroit and Male Box II in Warren. He supported the Metro Detroit Softball League and numerous other gay causes in the Metro Area.
OutPost, August 2017
Kaul Funeral Home Dignity Memorial
March 29, 1987 – August 19, 2017
Grand Rapids native Regina DeVries attended Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College. She married Abigail Southworth in Connecticut in 2009, just months after the state legalized same-sex marriage.
Grand Rapids Press, August 24, 2017
October 12, 1950 – January 7, 2017
Business owner Arlene Kish attended Shafer High School in Southgate and studied marketing and advertising at Ferris State University. A devoted transgender community organizer and activist, Kish served on the board of Affirmations. As a conservative political independent, she often took flack for supporting Republican causes.
Heritage Newspapers, January 11, 2017