September 18, 1955 – September 25, 1993
Born in Jackson, Timothy Gerald Warner shared a home in Ferndale with his life companion David Wyka and worked for Consumers Power. Warner served as president of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, sat on the city’s Beautification Commission, and volunteered with Wellness Networks. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 38.
Royal Oak Tribune, September 27, 1993
November 19, 1947 – January 10, 1990
Utica resident Thomas Michael Bartley grew up in Port Huron, earned his B.S. in nursing in Houston and a Master’s in nursing from Mercy College in Detroit. He sang in the choir at Zion Lutheran Church in Ferndale and was involved in both Wellness Networks and AIDS Interfaith Network. Bartley was survived by two children and his lover Jim Proffitt. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 42.
Detroit Free Press, January 11, 1990
July 13, 1945 – September 5, 1994
Chester Cislo attended St. Casimir High School on Detroit’s West Side and worked as a sexton at St. James Catholic Church in Ferndale. Cislo represented the Detroit Together Men’s Chorus on the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council, was active with Wellness Networks and the NAMES Project, and served on the board for Friends Alliance. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 49.
Cruise, September 28, 1994
August 3, 1948 – February 27, 2018
Former Ferndale resident Raymond Edward Shepherd was born in Detroit and studied at Oakland Community College and Lawrence Tech. He worked as a computer programmer and analyst for various firms and was a deacon and longtime member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit. At the time of his death, Shepherd lived in a senior community in Hazel Park.
Between The Lines, March 15, 2018
September 2, 1964 – February 7, 2007
Metro Detroit resident Mario Cirefice worked for Clean Care dry cleaners in Oak Park and as a self-employed landscaper. He was a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit and participated in the men’s discussion group at Affirmations.
Between The Lines, February 22, 2007
May 5, 1940 – October 31, 2010
Born in Ferndale, Kathryn Avis Kay earned a degree in music literature from the University of Michigan, pursued a career in marketing and advertising, and became an active part of the lesbian and feminist community in Cleveland, Ohio.
Lesbian Connection, March/April 2011
July 5, 1952 – May 5, 1992
Mothers and co-founders of Affirmations Community Center in Ferndale, Christine Puckett and her life partner Susan Pittmann were brutally murdered by their neighbor in the driveway of their Huron Township home.
Michigan Tribune, June 1992