Muriel Van Patten

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April 27, 1932 – May 28, 2013

Born in the small town of Quincy, Muriel Van Patten earned her B.A. and M.A. at Eastern Michigan University.  She taught visual arts at Fenton High School and served as an elementary art teacher and principal in the Wayne-Westland Schools.  She retired from the Michigan Department of Education.  Van Patten had her own art shown in numerous exhibitions.  She was survived by her partner Wanda Jubb.

Detroit News, June 2, 2013

Silver Lee Garske

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June 19, 1933 – August 3, 2017

Silver Lee Garske, a Kalamazoo native and resident of the village of Mattawan, played fast pitch softball.  She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in education from Western Michigan University and went on to teach gym for 33 years, retiring from the Harper Creek Community Schools in 1987.  Garske was preceded in death by her life companion of 65 years Betty Clark.

Kalamazoo Gazette, August 6, 2017

Betty Clark

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June 14, 1932 – September 5, 2015

Battle Creek resident Betty Clark graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1950 and earned her B.A. and M.A. in education from Western Michigan University.  She taught elementary and junior high in the Harper Creek Community Schools from 1960 to 1986.  Clark was survived by her life companion of 65 years Silver Lee Garske.

Battle Creek Enquirer, September 7, 2015

Carolee Moss

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August 10, 1939 – January 9, 2016

Northville resident Carolee Moss earned a Bachelor’s in speech pathology, taught elementary school, and raised her family in New Jersey, Maine, and New York before landing in Ann Arbor.  She earned a Master’s at Wayne State University and retired from Detroit Medical Center.  Moss was an early member of Suburban Women Together and was active with the Senior Koffee Klatch at Affirmations.

Dignity Memorial

Carolee Moss Memorial Video

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

Bryant Fillion

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October 18, 1938 – November 3, 2003

Bryant Fillion was a 21-year-old undergrad when he was arrested in January 1960 in a crackdown on homosexual activity at the University of Michigan.  He was allowed to complete his B.A. at UM and later earned degrees from Long Island University and Florida State.  became a professor of education at Wichita State University.  Fillion was survived by his daughters and former wife.

Wichita Eagle, November 5, 2003

Karl Reichenbach

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May 8, 1905 – July 10, 1989

A native of Connecticut, Karl Henry Reichenbach earned his graduate degree in history at Yale in 1929 and was assistant professor at the University of Michigan, teaching there for 44 years.  During the 1950s, he was part of an Ann Arbor gay crowd that attended parties hosted by Henry Van Dyke.  As his “drag” name at such events, Reichenbach was known as “Frieda.”

Ann Arbor News, July 12, 1989