Carmah Lawler

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January 21, 1929 – March 14, 2020

A native of Toledo, Ohio and graduate of Bowling Green State, Carmah Ann Lawler earned her MSW from the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan in 1954.  She enjoyed a rich career, retiring from Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado, and was also a longtime supporter of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.  Lawler was preceded in death by her life partner of 36 years Kathryn Glass.

OLOC E-News, April 2020

Sue Brooks

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January 17, 1947 – December 16, 2020

Lathrup Village resident Susan Catherine Brooks moved to Michigan from Pennsylvania in the 1970s.  She earned her M.A. from Central Michigan, and worked for various Girl Scouts councils, the YWCA in Flint, and the YMCA in Detroit.  Brooks was also involved in the early lesbian organization Moonrise and with Paws with a Cause.  Her partners Martha Charles and Kathryn Wright preceded her in death.

No known obituary

Sandra Peckens

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May 27, 1949 – September 5, 2020

Sandra Lee Peckens of Harbor Springs was born in Ann Arbor and grew up in Otsego.  She earned her B.A. in social work from Michigan State University in 1971 and went on for her MSW, also at MSU.  Peckens career took her to hospitals in Metro Detroit and Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.  She and her longtime partner Sally Hood were united in a civil union in 2008 and legally married in 2010.

Livingston Daily Press & Argus, September 8, 2020

Michael Guigar

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August 4, 1966 – February 24, 2020

Michael Hugh Guigar was born in Marlette and earned his B.S. in computer science at Saginaw Valley State University.  He later resided in Ferndale, Royal Oak, and Hazel Park and became active with the Detroit Together Men’s Chorus for many years.  Guigar was employed by 7-Eleven and attended the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.  His partner Brent Toner survived him.

Between The Lines, March 5, 2020

Beth Greenapple

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June 27, 1957 – March 2, 2020

Long Island, New York native Beth Sara Greenapple resided in Royal Oak and Southfield after moving to Metro Detroit in 1995 and taught music at Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills and the Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills.  She was a founding member of the Jewish Gay Network of Michigan and served as its early president.  Greenapple was survived by her partner Julia Pais and their son Nadav Pais-Greenapple.

Hebrew Memorial Chapel

Patricia Woods

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November 9, 1956 – December 16, 2020

Patricia Mae Woods, known to loved ones as “Patty Cakes,” was born in Detroit and graduated with the class of 1974 from Central High School.  She attended the Michigan Barber School and worked in area nursing homes before going into business owning and operating Woods Home Improvement.  For many years Woods attended Full Truth Fellowship Church.

O.H. Pye III Funeral Home

Barbara Ziegler

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May 15, 1944 – December 6, 2020

Pontiac native Barbara Jean Ziegler of Waterford attended Michigan State and Wayne State University and earned her Master’s at Oakland University.  She taught every grade from K through 8th in the Pontiac schools and later became an elementary and junior high principal.  After a heterosexual marriage and raising her family, Ziegler united with her life partner Jo Nebeker, who survived her.

Oakland Press, December 9, 2020

Jennifer Holiday Chanel

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June 9, 1969 – November 15, 2020

An early member of the House of Chanel, Jennifer Holiday Chanel graduated with the class of 1987 from Flint Central High School and went on to attend Eastern Michigan University.  She performed at the Nectarine in Ann Arbor, later worked at Gigi’s in Detroit, and won the Miss Gigi’s title in 1997.  The Performers Awards of Detroit honored Chanel with its Bookie Stewart Hall of Fame Award in 2017.

Between The Lines [online only], November 19, 2020

Rebecca Dunn

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September 7, 1973 – March 31, 2020

Denison resident Rebecca Pauline Dunn was born in Lansing and attended Grand Valley State University and Aquinas College.  She worked as a beloved bilingual education elementary teacher with the Grand Rapids Public Schools for more than two decades.  Dunn and her partner of 22 years Melanie Auzins were married in the summer of 2019.

Grand Rapids Press, April 7, 2020

Amy Jo Lambert

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February 13, 1968 – September 2, 2020

Born in Bay City, Amy Jo Lambert grew up in Midland and graduated with the class of 1986 from Dow High School.  She as director of the Fun House and in recent years helped facilitate a local Superhero Training Camp for kids.  Lambert was also an avid camper, hiker, and kayaker.  She was survived by her partner Julie Sugar.

Midland Daily News, September 4, 2020