Mary Appelhof

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June 11, 1936 – May 4, 2005

Known as the “Worm Woman,” Kalamazoo resident Nary Arlene Appelhof became a world-renowned expert on using earthworms for composting.  She was born in Detroit, grew up in Alma, and attended high school in Ohio.  She earned a B.S. and two Masters from Michigan State and taught in Kalamazoo and at Interlochen.  Appelhof was survived by her partner of 27 years Mary Frances Fenton.

Kalamazoo Gazette, May 5, 2005

Lesbian Connection, September/October 2006

Theresa Ann Fabus

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December 12, 1968 – January 18, 2014

Theresa Fabus was born in Alma and graduated from Ashley High School in 1987.  She went on to attend Alma College and Lansing Community College and later worked as a sports writer for the Meridian Weekly.  Fabus and her partner Traci Gulick shared a home in Ovid.

Lansing State Journal, January 20, 2014

Smith Family Funeral Home