Stormie Parham

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October 13, 1950 – August 14, 2007

Betty Jo “Stormie” Parham grew up in Grand Rapids and lived in Phoenix and Chicago before settling with her partner Gail Goldstein in Placitas, New Mexico.  She worked variously as a builder, chef, clown, firefighter, handy-woman, and innkeeper.  Parham died at age 56 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Lesbian Connection, May/June 2008

William Hirn

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August 26, 1928 – April 12, 2013

Born in Escanaba, William James Hirn earned his Bachelor’s from Western Michigan University and did his graduate studies at the University of Michigan.  After teaching in Muskegon and Ann Arbor, he moved to New York State, where he was on the early faculty of Rockland Community College.  Hirn and his life partner of 48 years Joseph Rogers retired to Spain and later lived in Houston and Las Vegas.

Escanaba Daily Press, April 19, 2013

Jonel Hoogterp

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May 13. 1983 – July 31, 2009

A native of Engadine in Mackinac County, Jonel Kathryn Hoogterp was valedictorian of her high school class and part of the All-UP Girls Basketball Team in 2001.  She earned her Bachelor’s at Aquinas College and later moved to Durham, North Carolina.  Hoogterp and her partner Julie Hatch were killed in an automobile crash.

Beaulieu Funeral Home

Vicki Fitzpatrick

Vicki Fitzpatrick, MS, Ph.D., CPS, CMHP

June 14, 1949 – February 1, 2017

Lansing native and former resident Vicki “Vic” Fitzpatrick earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and Master’s from Central Michigan.  She was a social worker for Community Mental Health and prevention coordinator for Clinton County Substance Abuse Center in St. Johns.  In 1991, Fitzpatrick relocated to Florida, where she lived with her spouse Sandra Hudson.

Lansing State Journal, February 7, 2017

Colleen Brewer

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December 7, 1957 – January 3, 2016

Born in Milan, Colleen Brewer attended Northville High School and worked at Northville Labs, before she moved to Virginia in 1982.  She was employed for 33 years as accounts receivable manager for CACI International.  Brewer was survived by Kim Memeger, her partner of 17 years and wife of 45 days.

Detroit News, January 14, 2016

Larry Frost

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April 11, 1941 – July 24, 1973

Larry Frost grew up in Royal Oak.  He left Metro Detroit as a young adult and lived in various cities until he landed in New Orleans, where he worked as a bar manager and attended the local Metropolitan Community Church.  Frost is believed to be one of three unidentified arson victims of the Upstairs Lounge Fire that killed 32 people.

The Advocate, November 15, 2015