Jean Roberts

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July 3, 1923 – August 31, 2020

Mt. Pleasant resident Jean Roberts grew up on a farm in rural Iowa and attended Western Michigan University, where she played tuba in the symphony.  She went on to teach physical education in Kalamazoo and at Comstock High School and later worked as a counselor in the Reed City schools.  For 15 years, Roberts and her life partner Janet Bush operated J & J Leather.

Morning Sun, September 1, 2020

Jim Stone

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May 10, 1965 – March 4, 2020

A noted figure in Detroit’s electronic music scene, James Joseph Stone Jr. was born in Royal Oak and graduated from Seaholm High School in Birmingham in 1984.  He attended Eastern Michigan University and came out as a young gay man on the dance floors of Todd’s and Heaven.  A musician and DJ, Stone became an important distributor and promoter of house and techno throughout the metro area.

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The Advocate: Jim Stone, 1965-2020

Marie Hansen

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January 23, 1947 – July 20, 2020

Marie Anne Hansen was born in Mt. Pleasant and earned her Bachelor’s in human ecology at Michigan State University.  She later got her Masters and had a long career in student affairs in Colorado, Nebraska, and at MSU.  She was a beloved part the Lansing area lesbian community and was longtime coordinator of the local women and arts festival.  Hansen was survived by her wife Priscilla Feigenbaum.

Lansing State Journal, July 25, 2020

Susan Reeder Breuer

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March 19, 1929 – February 17, 2020

Detroit native Susan Reeder Breuer graduated from Birmingham High School, studied at Northwestern University, was married, raised three children, and earned her Ph.D. in psychology before divorcing in the late 1970s.  At her 40th high school reunion, Breuer became reacquainted Nancy Kasperzak and the two became life partners, settling In Benzie County.  Kasperzak survived her by four days.

Benzie County Record, March 18, 2020

Nancy Kasperzak

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October 3, 1928 – February 21, 2020

Benzonia resident and lifelong musician Nancy Pierce Kasperzak grew up in Metro Detroit and graduated from Birmingham High School.  After divorcing and with her children grown, Kasperzak joined her childhood classmate Susan Reeder Breuer to forge a life partnership.  They eventually settling on Crystal Lake in Benzie County and late, for a time had a horse farm.  Breuer preceded her in death by four days.

Benzie County Record, March 4, 2020

Cheryl Lantinga

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July 8, 1944 – May 15, 2020

Clinton Township resident Cheryl Margaret Lantinga was Homecoming Queen her senior year at Lamphere High School in Madison Heights, where she graduated in 1962.  She later studied at Oakland University and was employed with Consumers Energy for 31 years.  In her retirement, she volunteered at area hospital gift shops.  Lantinga was survived by her life partner Colleen Stout.

Detroit Free Press, May 18, 2020

Kim Lint

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March 29, 1964 – June 6, 2020

Kimberly Sherie Lint of Cedar Springs was born in Lansing and graduated from Montabella High School on Blanchard in 1982, attended Montcalm Community College, and played women’s softball.  Lint was later employed at Presto Print for 36 years.  She and Kandy Schreiner were united in marriage in September 2019.

Grand Rapids Press, June 7, 2020

Aimee Stephens

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December 7, 1960 – May 12, 2020

Originally from North Carolina, Redford resident and trailblazing activist Aimee Stephens was fired from her job as a funeral director in Garden City in 2013 when she revealed she was transgender and would be living as a woman.  She filed suit against her employer but did not live to witness the Supreme Court decision that her firing violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Stephens was survived by her wife Donna.

New York Times, May 12, 2020

Between The Lines, May 18, 2020 [online only]

Maureen Doyle

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April 3, 1958 – May 1, 2020

Maureen “Mo” Kay Doyle was born in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School in 1976 before pursuing a Bachelor’s in education and health at Northern Michigan University.  She taught and worked as a camp counselor before taking up a 30-year career as a delivery driver for UPS.  Doyle and Peggy Michmershuizen were married in August 2016 and shared a home in northwest Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Press, May 2, 2020

Ellen Rogowski

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September 18, 1963 – April 3, 2020

Growing up in the 1970s, Ellen Marie Rogowski of Holly was the first girl to play in a boys’ baseball league in Royal Oak.  She earned her B.A. and M.A. from Oakland University and taught middle school in Pontiac and English at Henry Ford Community College and Lewis College of Business.  She was also an accomplished musician, releasing three albums.  She and Rosemary Jozwiak shared 30 years together.

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