December 16, 1958 – December 8, 2014
Lowell resident Renee Grant worked as an independent real estate agent in Grand Rapids. She received support from Pink Arrow fundraisers in her seven-year battle with cancer. She was active in various local causes and delivered Christmas boxes for the Santa Claus Girls. Grant’s life partner Sharon Schnepke survived her by eight days.
Grand Rapids Press, December 14, 2014
February 5, 1940 – February 1, 2016
Judith Ann McNeill graduated from Wayne State University and worked for the Detroit House of Correction before moving to Holland in 1976. She operated the Zeeland Pet Shop in the 1980s and finished her career with Sears. McNeill was survived by her wife Nora Ewing.
Holland Sentinel, February 3, 2016
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
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
June 6, 1929 – March 14, 2016
From 1948 to 1954, June Ann Peppas played first base and as a pitcher with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, including the Battle Creek Belles and the Kalamazoo Lassies teams. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Michigan University and later operated PJ’s Printing in Allegan with her life partner of 46 years, Polly Huitt.
TC Palm, March 20, 2016
February 7, 1923 – February 20, 2012
Flint resident Alice G. Miller operated her own photography business and in 1982 retired from General Motors after 28 years with the company. She was among the many people who attended gay house parties hosted by Ruth Ellis in Detroit during the 1950s.
Flint Journal, February 23, 2012
September 3, 1931 – December 26, 2007
A native of Allegan, Marietta “Polly” Huitt earned her B.S. and M.A. from Western Michigan University and taught at Nazareth College and in the Kalamazoo Public Schools. She and her life partner June Peppas later operated the JP Printing Company in Allegan before retiring to Florida in 1990.
TC Palm, December 30, 2007
November 13, 1945 – November 29, 2013
Longtime Hudson resident and devoted Detroit Tigers and University of Michigan fan Cheryle Hudson was owner and operator of the Heritage House Adult Foster Care and later the Uptown Kafé.
Adrian Daily Telegram, December 3, 2013
November 25, 1909 – December 12, 1973
A native of Springfield, Illinois, Cicilene “Babe” Franklin worked as a cook and co-operated Ellis and Franklin Printing with her longtime partner Ruth Ellis, with whom she also co-hosted house parties that added vitality to Detroit’s black LGBTQ life in the 1940s and ‘50s.
No known obituary.
April 9, 1991 – June 12, 2016
Tevin Eugene Crosby owned and operated the Saginaw marketing firm Total Entrepreneurs Concepts. He was killed in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016 at age 25.
Between The Lines, June 30, 2016