Kirk Havers

March 27, 1918 – October 24, 1960

Detroit native Kirk Ashton Havers attended the New York School of Fine Arts.  As a 32-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms resident in 1950, he was prosecuted in the Detroit Recorder’s Court for accosting and soliciting.  Ten years later, employed as a hospital orderly, Havers lost his life in an automobile crash.

Detroit Free Press, October 27, 1960

Diane Boulais

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August 1, 1952 – August 3, 2019

Originally from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Diane Boulais resided in Ludington with her wife Ann Schrader, who she met in 2001 while attending People’s Church.  Her worked variously as a surgical technician, an organic farmer, and a dune buggy tour guide.  Boulais also volunteered with West Michigan Community Mental Health, speaking against stigma and lobbying the Michigan legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service

John Monahan

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May 10, 1945 – January 1, 2002

Colorado native and longtime Saginaw resident John Michael Monahan worked as a rehabilitation therapist.  During the 1980s, he became active in the Michigan Organization for Human Rights and in 1990 co-founded the Triangle Foundation and served as its president.  Following a heart transplant in 1993, Monahan moved to Detroit to engage in activism full time.

Between The Lines, January 10, 2002

Saginaw News, January 16, 2002

Tim Stempniewski

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November 24, 1957 – November 6, 1996

Timothy Dean Stempniewski attended Aquinas High School in Southgate and held degrees in education, nursing, and music.  He worked as a home-care nurse for Henry Ford Hospital and served as a church organist.  In the 1990s he was active with several recovery groups at Affirmations.  Stempniewski was found slain in his Detroit home at age 39.

OutPost, January 22, 1997

Patricia Lawrence-Smith

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June 11, 1962 – June 25, 2019

Saginaw native Patricia “Pat” Ann Lawrence-Smith, also known as Patricia Smith, worked as an emergency medical technician in Genesee County and resided for 25 years in Davison.  She and her partner Lauriejane Smith were united in marriage in September 2015.

Hansen Funeral Home

Bonnie Purvis

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October 2, 1950 – October 15, 2017

A native of Traverse City and graduate of the Traverse City Schools, Bonnie Jean Purvis attended Central Michigan University and worked for more than three decades as a lab technician at Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital, later Munson Medical Center, retiring in 2013.  An avid golfer, biker, and kayaker, Purvis was survived by Tammy Krentz, her spouse and loving partner of 36 years.

Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home

Lucile Portwood

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April 8, 1913 – January 22, 2008

Lucile “Porty” Portwood was a native of Fort Worth, Texas and studied microbiology at Michigan State University, where she discovered a vaccine for whooping cough.  She later oversaw vaccine production for the State of Michigan.  Long active in the Lansing lesbian community, she was also a litigant in court challenge of Michigan’s sodomy law.  Portwood was survived by her life partner Alixandra Summitt.

Lesbian Connection, May/June 2008