Bill Ashley

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June 20, 1961 – December 12, 1992

William Harrison Ashley graduated with the class of 1979 from Pontiac Central High School.  In 1983, Ashley was one of three partners who opened Chosen Books in its original location on McNichols in Detroit.  Ashley left the business in 1987 and moved to Ohio, later settling in Washington, DC.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 31.

Cruise, February 3, 1993

Sean Sasser

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October 25, 1968 – August 7, 2013

Detroit native Sean Franklin Sasser graduated from Cass Technical High School and attended the University of Chicago for a year.  He gained national celebrity a few years later as the HIV-positive AIDS educator boyfriend of Pedro Zamora on MTV’s The Real World in San Francisco.  Sasser went on to become a pastry chef and was survived by husband and longtime partner Michael Kaplan.

Washington Blade, August 8, 2013

CNN, August 8, 2013

Honey Lee Cottrell

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January 16, 1946 – September 21, 2015

Born in Oregon, photographer and filmmaker Honey Lee Cottrell grew up in mid-Michigan and graduated in 1964 from Jackson High School.  She completed a year at Michigan State University before she found her vocation while working in a photo lab.  Cottrell subsequently moved to San Francisco, where she was employed with the union movement and became a pioneering creator of lesbian erotica.

Windy City Times, September 26, 2015

The Advocate, November 13, 2015

Honey Lee Cottrell Papers at Cornell University

Peggy McNichol

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November 18, 1955 – May 18, 2018

Detroit native Margaret Irene “Peggy” McNichol graduated from Mercy High School in Farmington Hills in 1973 and earned her B.S. in nursing from the University of Michigan in 1977.  Following graduation, she relocated to the West Coast and lived in Seattle, Oakland, and Portland.  McNichol went to medical for her M.D. and became a family care physician.  She was survived by her wife Sue Sell.

Detroit Free Press, June 10, 2018

Ryan Pennacchini Hall

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December 24, 1979 – September 23, 2016

Ryan Pennacchini Hall was born in Midland and grew up in Gladwin.  He graduated from Gladwin High School and attended Eastern Michigan University before moving in 2003 to Tucson, Arizona, where he worked as a manager at Bookmans new and used bookstore.  Pennacchini Hall and his spouse Frederico Hall Pennacchini were married on October 25, 2014.

Gladwin County Record, October 5, 2016

Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home

Tim Liupakka

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July 25, 1967 – May 30, 2017

Timothy Richard Liupakka graduated in 1986 from Marquette Senior High School and attended Northern Michigan University before moving to Milwaukee to pursue a degree in interior design.  Liupakka performed under the drag name Tabitha Stephens in Wisconsin and later in annual shows at NMU.  In 2015, he moved to Florida where he worked in hotel housekeeping and married Peter Williamson.

Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral Home