Mary Crimmins

November 7, 1948 – November 5, 2010

Mary Frances Crimmins of was born in Port Huron and graduated from Saints Peter & Paul High School in Saginaw.  She pursued a lifelong career as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She volunteered with Edgewood UCC Health Ministry and the Greater Lansing Food Bank.  Crimmins was survived by her life partner Carol Grayhawk.

Lansing State Journal, November 21, 2010

Robin Ware

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November 26, 1957 – August 31, 2003

Taylor resident Robin Enez Ware contracted HIV from her husband and passed the virus to her daughter at birth.  As a social worker for AIDS Partnership, Ware targeted outreach to at-risk populations and help educate people that AIDS was not simply a gay disease, work that was highlighted in a July 1997 issue of the Detroit Free Press.  She died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

No known obituary.

Tom Bartley

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

Thomas Weier

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May 24, 1939 – July 20, 2003

Thomas Weier was 20 at the time of his arrest on felony charges in January 1960 in a crackdown on homosexual activity on campus at the University of Michigan.  Later a noted psychiatrist, he was employed at the Mayo clinic for thirty years, and then served as medical director for the Pride Institute.  Weier was survived by a daughter and son, an ex-wife, and his partner Kee Paisansinsup.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 21, 2003

Sandra Cole

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September 17, 1937 – May 15, 2017

Noted sexologist Sandra Cole founded the Comprehensive Gender Identity Program at the University of Michigan in 1993 and served as its director until retiring in 2000.  She was also a longtime advocate for transgender legal and civil rights, and helped secure gender identity as a protected category in the UM bylaws and Ann Arbor’s human rights ordinance.

Ann Arbor News, June 23, 2017

Sandra S. Cole papers at the Bentley Historical Library

Vicki Arcaro

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October 20, 1966 – May 19, 2014

Vicki Arcaro grew up in Jackson and graduated from Jackson High School.  She earned her Bachelor’s from Michigan State University and was employed as an imaging technician for Allegiance Health for 21 years.  She died at age 47 after a three-year battle with cancer.  Arcaro was survived by her wife Jaime Sabin and daughter Gabby.

Jackson Citizen-Patriot, May 22, 2014

Phyllis Erb

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January 19, 1932 – December 14, 2017

Grayling resident Phyllis Ann Erb worked for 24 years as a wound specialist with the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.  She met her life partner Patricia Teal in the mid-1960s when both were heterosexually-married housewives and mothers.  Erb and Teal operated the Heritage House Bed and Breakfast in Gaylord from 1991 to 1996.

Ann Arbor News, December 24, 2017