Sandino Ciccarelli

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March 18, 1943 – August 16, 1990

Born in Dearborn and a graduate of Fordson High School, Sandino “Sandy” Ciccarelli established Sandino’s Flowers in Redford with business partner Ron Huddleston in the mid-1960s.  Together with Keith Foster, Ciccarelli opened the Timesquare dance club in downtown Detroit in 1989.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 47.

Cruise. August 22, 1990

Ten Percent, September 1990

Stephen Korzetz

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July 15, 1968 – February 4, 1996

AIDS activist Steven Martin Korzetz graduated from Anderson High School in Southgate.  He went on to earn a Bachelor’s in business from Wayne State University and later worked in the hotel industry in Dearborn.  Given six months to live in 1992, Korzetz left his job and traveled to more than 40 countries.  He became involved in Wellness Networks as well.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.

Detroit Free Press, February 7, 1995

Stephen Korzetz Papers at the Bentley Historical Library

Chrissy Surewater

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July 23, 1953 – May 1, 2019

Warren resident Chrissy Surewater attended Fordson High School in Dearborn, studied at Rochester College in Rochester, and worked at Precision Imagery and as a photographer for Ford Motor Company.  She was also a longtime member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit, for three years serving as office administrator.  Surewater was survived by her beloved fiancé Michelle Fox-Phillips.

Between The Lines, May 2, 2019 [online only]

Ernie Lee

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January 6, 1958 – August 16, 1993

Ernie Lee was born and grew up in Flint. He later moved to Dearborn, tended bar at the Hayloft Saloon and the Crystal Peacock in Detroit, and sang with the Detroit Together Men’s Chorus.  With the death of his lover Jerry in 1989, Lee moved to Chicago, where he became active with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and lived with his companion Gregg.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 35.

Cruise, September 8, 1993

Carol Newberg

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December 13, 1957 – May 9, 2000

The owner and operator of Boomers Deli, Carol Jane Newberg was a 1976 graduate of Dearborn High School and went on to become one of Royal Oak’s most beloved business women.  Through the last year and a half of her life, as she battled cancer, Newberg was cared for by her close-knit circle of friends.  She was survived by her partner Gail Green.

Between The Lines, May 18, 2000

Eulogy for Carol Newberg

Brian Sullivan

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February 3, 1938 – April 4, 2015

Brian Vincent Michael Sullivan of Dearborn was born in the Bronx and lived in New York through high school.  He earned his Bachelor’s from Mercy College, served three years in the U.S. Army, and later pursued a Master’s in counseling from Wayne State University to become an addiction therapist.  Sullivan was survived by Robert Curtis, his life partner of 48 years.

Howe-Peterson Funeral Home

James Limbacher

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November 30, 1926 – February 8, 2003

James Louis Limbacher, audio-visual librarian with the Dearborn Public Library for 35 years, was born in Ohio and moved to Michigan in 1955.  He earned his Master’s in library science degree at Wayne State and also taught at Wayne as a world-renowned film historian.  Limbacher was active with the Association of Suburban People and the Forum Foundation.

Detroit Free Press, February 13, 2003

Marguerite Hicks

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October 19, 1891 – May 9, 1978

Dearborn native Marguerite Bieber Hicks attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate from 1910 to 1911, finished her B.A. in English at Wayne State University while a housewife in 1935, and completed her M.A. in 1938.  During the 1930s and 1940s, with the help of her longtime partner Thelma James, Hicks amassed a rare collection of books by and about women from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Detroit Free Press, May 10, 1978

Marguerite Hicks Project at Oakland University

Columbus Howard

July 9. 1924 – February 19, 1999

Born in Detroit, Columbus Howard spent much of his life in Inkster and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  In 1958, while employed as a 33-year-old stockroom worker at Montgomery Ward in Dearborn, Howard was prosecuted for gross indecency after being caught with another man in Detroit’s Rouge Park.

No known obituary

Daniel Chambers

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September 5, 1951 – August 3, 2009

Muskegon resident Daniel Chambers spent summers on Mackinac Island while growing up in Dearborn and earned his degree in fine arts from Wayne State University.  As owner of his own design business, he created interiors for residential and commercial clients on Mackinac Island and in west Michigan.  Chambers and his life partner Terry MacAllister were together 28 years.

Mackinac Island Town Crier, September 5, 2009

Clock Funeral Home