Sandra Cole

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September 17, 1937 – May 15, 2017

Noted sexologist Sandra Cole founded the Comprehensive Gender Identity Program at the University of Michigan in 1993 and served as its director until retiring in 2000.  She was also a longtime advocate for transgender legal and civil rights, and helped secure gender identity as a protected category in the UM bylaws and Ann Arbor’s human rights ordinance.

Ann Arbor News, June 23, 2017

Sandra S. Cole papers at the Bentley Historical Library

 

Phyllis Erb

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January 19, 1932 – December 14, 2017

Grayling resident Phyllis Ann Erb worked for 24 years as a wound specialist with the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.  She met her life partner Patricia Teal in the mid-1960s when both were heterosexually-married housewives and mothers.  Erb and Teal operated the Heritage House Bed and Breakfast in Gaylord from 1991 to 1996.

Ann Arbor News, December 24, 2017

Angela Romagnoli

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October 19, 1949 – July 5, 2017

Born in Allegheny, Virginia, Angela Romagnoli grew up within a union family in Dearborn and retained a passion for social justice her whole life.  At the University of Michigan she took part in the Students for a Democratic Society in the late 1960s and helped found the campus Radicalesbians in 1970.

San Francisco Chronicle, August 13, 2017

Radical Lesbian Foremothers

Jean Feimster

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January 28, 1962 – December 6, 2017

Jean Feimster of Whitehall and formerly of Lansing graduated high school in 1979 from Flint School of Choice and earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 1989 from the University of Michigan-Flint.  She was later employed as Director of Social Services at Hazel Findlay Country Manor in St. Johns.  Feimster was an avid Harley rider.

Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home

Dee Plamondon

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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