Joanne Rettke

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March 11, 1934 – December 14, 2009

Joanne Rettke earned her doctorate at Michigan State University, where she served as director of the Women’s Resource Center.  She helped found First Friday gatherings in the Lansing area in the mid-1970s and in 1977 played a key role in inaugurating Everywomen’s Weekend.  Rettke retired to Glen Arbor, where she ran the Duneswood retreat with Marge Ives, her partner of 34 years.

Glen Arbor Sun, January 10, 2010

Lesbian Connection, March/April 2010

Michael Bennett

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June 1, 1953 – October 15, 1987

Originally from Illinois, Michael Bennett earned a B.A. in linguistics from Michigan State University in 1974 and an M.A. in linguistics from MSU in 1978.  At the time of his death, he was employed with the campus libraries.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 34.

No known obituary.

John Mathieson

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July 22, 1943 – August 5, 1985

William John Mathieson grew up in Grove City, Pennsylvania and attended graduate school at Michigan State University where he earned a Master’s in Spanish in 1967.  He later worked as an instructor at San Francisco Community College.  He died of complications from AIDS at age 42.

No known obituary.

Karen Hartwig

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March 4, 1963 – March 18, 2011

Lansing resident Karen “Twig” Hartwig graduated from East Lansing High School, attended Lansing Community College, and earned a B.A. from Michigan State University.  Employed by Sparrow Hospital and later Sam’s Club, she served on the boards of Suits in the City and Michigan Pride.

Lansing State Journal, March 22, 2011

City Pulse, March 30-April 5, 2011

Lesbian Connection, July/August 2011