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

Sherry Redding

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May 22, 1936 – June 14, 2016

Born in Redding, Maine, Sherry Redding earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Master’s from Michigan State University.  A longtime counselor, for many years she taught women’s studies at William James College at Grand Valley State University.  She was also a founding member in 1978 of the local lesbian organization Aradia.  Redding and her spouse Karen Clahassey shared 36 years together.

Grand Rapids Press, June 16, 2016

Mary Fenton

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July 23, 1937 – April 12, 2006

A native of Kansas, Mary Frances Fenton earned her B.F.A. at the University of Oklahoma.  She later earned her M.A. at Western Michigan University, where she served a professor of graphic arts for nearly three decades.  Fenton and her partner of 24 years Mary Appelhof participated in the lesbian group Aradia in Grand Rapids and were long active in the women’s community in Kalamazoo.

Lesbian Connection, September/October 2006

Jean Kinnear

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April 26, 1946 – September 17, 2014

Jean Kinnear grew up near Lexington, Virginia, earned her B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at Penn State.  As a professor at Northern Michigan University, she taught outdoor recreation for 30 distinguished years.  Kinnear lived in Marquette with life partner Joanna Mitchell.

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