Senia Taipale

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April 29, 1949 – January 25, 2018

A native of Warren, Ohio, Rev. Senia Taipale attended Wittenberg University and earned her Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.  After moving to Michigan, she became Director of Pastoral Care at Sparrow Hospital in 1992, a position she held for 18 years.  She and Jo Hartwell, her life partner of 31 years, were married in December 2015.

Lansing State Journal, January 28, 2018

Paulettia French

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April 10, 1947 – February 4, 2018

Paulettia Ann French of Kalamazoo, originally from Arkansas, graduated with the class of 1965 from Berrien Springs High School and later worked as non-profit directors for senior services.  French and her partner of 27 years Tammy Vollrath were married in 2016.

Kalamazoo Gazette, February 6, 2018

Suzan Selewski

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August 17, 1959 – May 1, 2018

Suzan Ruth Selewski of Taylor graduated from Riverside High School in Dearborn Heights.  For 18 years she taught at Logan Elementary School in Detroit.  She retired in 2013, preceding a long battle with ovarian cancer.  Selewski was survived by her spouse and life partner of 23 years Julia Herod.

Detroit Free Press, May 5, 2018

Debbie Goodnough

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July 18, 1962 – December 5, 2018

Deborah Jo “Debbie” Goodnough was born in Escanaba and resided in Clyde Township.  She married her longtime partner Angela Sarazin in Port Huron in 2016.  Goodnough worked at Subway and was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees.

Port Huron Times Herald, December 6, 2018

Bobby Schorle

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April 5, 1939 – March 9, 2018

Robert Francis “Bobby” Schorle was an icon in the Grand Rapids gay community.   Schorle was longtime co-owner of various bars, including the Carousel Lounge, Turn About, Carousel II, and the Cell.  He was also instrumental in creating the local Queen of Hearts pageant.  Born in Chicago, Schorle grew up on a fruit farm in Fennville and graduated from Fennville High School in 1957.

Chappell Funeral Home

Thomas Lohr Sr.

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May 31, 1925 – March 13, 1918

Thomas Lohr Sr. was born in Saginaw, attended Arthur Hill High School, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  After graduating from NYU, he earned his M.D. from Harvard, then served in the Air Force before returning to Michigan, where he practiced medicine for 39 years.  In retirement, he and his husband Robert Rousch spent winters in New Mexico and summers in East Tawas.

Saginaw News, April 29, 2018

Juliana Daberkow

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June 21, 1951 – February 13, 2018

Born in DeWitt, Juliana Daberkow attended DeWitt High School and Davenport University and later worked as an assembly line worker at Steelcase in Grand Rapids.  She was survived by her life partner of more than 24 years Nancy Botsford.

Grand Rapids Press, February 18, 2018