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

Cheryl Grout

January 25, 1957 – October 24, 2008

Born in Detroit, Cheryl Ann Marie Grout of Houston, Texas earned her B.S. from Central Michigan University in 1980.  She worked as an in vitro fertilization technician at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit before moving to Texas, where she worked for Baylor College of Medicine.  Grout was survived by her partner Mary Louise Sorensen.

Detroit News, October 26, 2008

Virgil Leone

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May 30, 1952 – November 6, 1999

Virgil Julius “Tony” Leone was born in Detroit and graduated with the class of 1970 from Mt. Pleasant High School.  At Central Michigan University, he was an early member of Gay Liberation, serving as its president in the mid-1970s.  Leone later moved to San Francisco where he worked as a Registered Nurse and became involved in local HIV/AIDS activism.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 47.

Bay Area Reporter, November 18, 1999

Suzanne Klinko

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September 25, 1941 – September 8, 2007

A 1960 graduate of Jackson High School and 1982 graduate of Michigan State University, Suzanne Klinko worked with the AWARE Shelter and the Community Action Agency before taking a job as substance abuse counselor for Chelsea Community Hospital.  She was preceded in death by her life partner Susan Roark.

Midland Daily News, September 11, 2007