Mary Pyle

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April 25, 1926 – September 5, 2015

Mary Elizabeth Pyle was born in Lansing and graduated from Lakeview Highland High School in Battle Creek in 1944, a member of its first graduating class.  She was employed as a secretary with Post Cereals for more than 30 years and after retiring in the mid-1980s moved to Phoenix.  Pyle was preceded in death by her partner of five decades Patsy Spahr and in her last years wintered back in Michigan.

Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society

Darwin Morgan

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November 5, 1961 – October 22, 1994

Lifelong Lansing resident Paul Darwin Morgan, better known as Darwin, graduated from Hill High School in 1979, then attended Lansing Community College and Michigan State University.  Morgan later worked as a mental health counselor and performed as an actor with the Riverwalk Theatre, the Lansing Civic Players, and Spotlight Theatre.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 32.

Lansing State Journal, October 25, 1994

Marie Hansen

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January 23, 1947 – July 20, 2020

Marie Anne Hansen was born in Mt. Pleasant and earned her Bachelor’s in human ecology at Michigan State University.  She later got her Masters and had a long career in student affairs in Colorado, Nebraska, and at MSU.  She was a beloved part the Lansing area lesbian community and was longtime coordinator of the local women and arts festival.  Hansen was survived by her wife Priscilla Feigenbaum.

Lansing State Journal, July 25, 2020

Kim Lint

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March 29, 1964 – June 6, 2020

Kimberly Sherie Lint of Cedar Springs was born in Lansing and graduated from Montabella High School on Blanchard in 1982, attended Montcalm Community College, and played women’s softball.  Lint was later employed at Presto Print for 36 years.  She and Kandy Schreiner were united in marriage in September 2019.

Grand Rapids Press, June 7, 2020

Randy McGinn

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April 25, 1950 – January 21, 1991

Randy Hutton McGinn of Key West, Florida graduated with the Owosso High School class of 1968 and went on to attend Michigan State University and the Virginia Ferrell School of Cosmetology in St. Clair Shores.  McGinn owned Randy’s Coiffer’s in Owosso and previously operated The Ultimate Image in Lansing.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 40.

Key West Citizen, January 22, 1991

Sue Fitzgerald

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April 16, 1950 – April 22, 2019

Battle Creek native Sue Ann Fitzgerald, known as “Drum Mama,” was a graduate of Lakeview High School and Central Michigan University, earning her M.S. in biology.  At Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, she worked as a medical technologist for 34 years.  Fitzgerald sang with the Sistrum chorus, was long active with the Girl Scouts, and regularly joined in MichFest and other womyn’s music gatherings.

Lesbian Connection September/October 2019

Joe Courter

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November 6, 1949 – July 14, 1988

Longtime Lansing resident Joseph Martin “Joe” Courter graduated from John H. Gabriels High School and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1981.  Following his military service, Courter worked for General Telephone Company and, for the last two years of his life, resided in Alma.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 38.

Alma Morning Sun, July 21, 1988

Peg Powell

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July 27, 1933 – March 22, 2019

Margaret “Peg” Powell was born in Lansing and served as an MP with the Women’s Army Corps during the Korean War.  She raised her younger sister and two children of her own and studied to become an LPN, specializing in hospice care.  Powell was active in Lansing’s lesbian community in the 1970s and 1980s before moving to Wisconsin.  She was survived by Mary Kay Schleiter, her partner of 32 years.

Lesbian Connection, November/December 2019

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Melissa Zicarelli

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October 9, 1990 – September 3, 2018

Born in Detroit, Melissa Silvia Zicarelli of Lansing earned her B.S. in Spanish and linguistics and her M.A. in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Central Michigan University.  She later worked as director of preschool enrichment at Okemos Public Montessori.  In November 2017, Zicarelli was united in marriage with Katherine VanArdsall.

Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

Michelle Hughson

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June 19, 1966 – September 17, 2001

Jackson resident Michelle Marie “Mitch” Hughson was born in Lansing and graduated with the class of 1985 from Charlotte High School.  For 12 years, Hughson worked as a radiologist technician at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

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