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

Marjorie Lyda

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July 20, 1930 – January 21, 2009

Marjorie Ann Lyda earned her MSW from Wayne State and in 1967 became the first African-American woman to open a psychotherapy practice in Birmingham.  She was one of the earliest therapists in Metro Detroit to provide positive counseling to gay clients and offered pioneering treatment for people now termed transgender.  Lyda also served as pastor for churches in Ferndale and Detroit.

Detroit News, January 28, 2009

Christopher Neumann

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November 14, 1975 – January 6, 2014

Christopher Neumann of Birmingham grew up in Grosse Pointe, attended Grosse Pointe High School, and attended the University of Michigan.  He was vice president of the Detroit public relations firm Weber Shandwick.  Nuemann and his life partner Todd Lloyd lost their lives in a single-engine plane crash.

Between The Lines, January 9, 2014

Todd Lloyd

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February 27, 1962 – January 6, 2014

Birmingham resident Todd Glenn Lloyd was born in Mount Pleasant and graduated from Clare High School.  He owned and operated the rental company Chair Covers & Linens in Madison Heights.  Lloyd and his partner of 10 years Christopher Neumann perished in a single-engine plane crash.

Between The Lines, January 9, 2014

Dan Stoepker

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March 26, 1949 – August 5, 2005

Onetime Birmingham resident Daniel Lee Stoepker was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986.  He was a church elder active in Presbyterians for Gay and Lesbian Concerns and served on the board of directors for AIDS Partnership Michigan.  Stoepker was preceded in death by his partner Brad Kosko and survived by his daughter and son.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 56.

Between The Lines, August 11, 2005

Jessie Makaila Shipps

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April 7, 1984 – June 23, 2015

Birmingham native Jessie Makaila Shipps was a decorated veteran the U.S. Air Force, serving from 2003 to 2014.  She was active in SPARTA, an organization for trans military members, and produced a number of YouTube videos documenting her gender transition.  Shipps and her spouse Leeanna resided in Hampton, Virginia with their daughter Grace.

The Advocate, June 24, 2015

Detroit News, July 5, 2015

Douglas McIntosh

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March 10, 1962 – July 11, 2006

Douglas McIntosh earned a B.S. in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1984 and a Masters from Yale in 1990.  Three years later, he co-founded McIntosh Poris Associates in Birmingham and soon became a central voice for historic preservation.  McIntosh served as president of Preservation Wayne and, with his life partner Scotty James, restored the 1896 Julius Melchers home in Detroit’s West Village.

Between The Lines, July 20, 2006

Model D, July 29, 2015

Usein Alieff

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April 24, 1929 – April 16, 2004

Usein “Mike” Alieff Jr. grew up in Pontiac and for many years ran his own piano school in Birmingham.  He and his life companion Max LePard shared a home in Royal Oak for more than forty years.  In their retirement, he and LePard were crochet instructors at the Royal Oak Senior Center.

A.J. Desmond & Sons

Max LePard

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July 19, 1920 – October 27, 2002

Max LePard grew up in Owosso and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He owned a beauty salon in Birmingham in the 1960s and later operated his own graphic art business in Royal Oak, where he lived for more than forty years with his life partner Usein Alieff.

Daily Tribune, October 29, 2002