Ilona Sabo-Shuler

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April 6, 1949 – September 28, 2021

Lansing resident Ilona Rae Sabo-Shuler was born in Grand Rapids, graduated from South High School, attended Calvin College, and later studied at Garrett Theological Seminary in Illinois.  After serving as pastor of Williamston United Methodist Church from 1982 to 1994, she became a real estate agent in East Lansing.  Sabo-Schuler was preceded in death in 2020 by her partner of 42 years Jean Fillingham.

Palmer, Bush, & Jensen Family Funeral Home

Tony Rome

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November 19, 1936 – April 29, 2021

Klaus Reich, better known to gay Metro Detroiters by Tony Rome, was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in the mid-1950s.  After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he began an aircraft servicing business in Ypsilanti.  He later operated Foof’s Down Under downstairs at Gigi’s nightclub in Detroit.  From 1979 to 1999, Rome published Cruise magazine before retiring to warmer climates.

Desert Sun, May 13, 2021

Treva Bass

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July 31, 1955 – November 8, 2021

Bloomfield Hills resident and Detroit native Treva Bell Bass graduated from Cass Tech High School and pursued acting in Los Angeles.  On returning to Detroit, Bass attended Specs Howard University and became a chief engineer with her family’s radio stations.  Bass and June Washington, her partner of 33 years, gave generously to Affirmations, the Ruth Ellis Center, Hotter Than July, and other causes.

Between The Lines, November 25, 2021

David Hutchinson

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July 9, 1992 – May 16, 2021

Born in Missouri, Ann Arbor resident David Lawrence Hutchinson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and earned his B.A. from Truman State University.  He went on to pursue his doctorate in history at the University of Michigan where his research interests included the Black diaspora, African American intellectual history, and queer studied.  Hutchinson was killed in an automobile accident at age 28.

Thatcher’s Funeral Home

Mary Linton

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July 23, 1954 – June 13, 2021

Mary Catherine Linton was valedictorian of the class of 1972 at Bullock Creek High School in Midland, earned her B.S. from Michigan State, Master’s from Michigan Tech, and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.  She devoted her life to science and poetry, specializing in wetlands, and served an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.  Linton was survived by her wife and partner Kathy Kauffman.

Midland Daily News, July 8, 2021

In Memory of Mary Linton

Nancy Riblet

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October 9, 1945 – April 7, 2021

Nancy Jean Riblet of Plymouth graduated from the Ferris State University School of Business in 1968 and went on to a career that took her to the vice presidency at J. Walter Thompson USA, the advertising agency for Ford Motors.  Riblet was survived by her partner of 24 years Evelyn Butler.

Detroit News, April 12, 2021

Patricia Boudrie

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August 19, 1950 – February 9, 2021

Patricia Ann Boudrie was born in Monroe, graduated with the Monroe High School class of 1968, and earned a certificate of early childhood development at Monroe County Community College.  She worked as a secretary at Jefferson High School and at MCCC and also spent a total of 11 years as a teacher’s aide.  Boudrie and her partner Tracey Moran shared homes in Monroe and Newport.

Monroe News, February 12, 2021

Lauriejane Smith

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September 28, 1956 – February 22, 2021

Otisville resident Lauriejane Clare Smith was born in Flint, grew up in Davison, and graduated with the class of 1974 from Davison High School.  After completing the criminal justice program at Mott Community College, she worked as a park ranger and later as a patrol deputy and paramedic for the Genesee County Sheriff.  In 2015, Smith married her partner Patricia Lawrence-Smith, who died in 2019.

Hensen Funeral Home

Linda Caldwell

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December 13, 1949 – January 13, 2021

Originally from Iowa, Gladwin resident Linda Sue Caldwell taught high school health in Wisconsin and later at Ogemaw High in West Branch.  She was also an athletic trainer and volleyball coach.  Caldwell and her wife and partner of 38 years Susan Hightower also ran the Twisted Oak Tree Farm with an easement arranged through Little Forks Conservancy.

Gladwin County Record, January 20, 2021