Terry Romatz

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December 5, 1949 – October 27, 2004

Born in Mount Clemens, Terrance Jacob “Terry” Romatz of Fraser graduated with the class of 1968 from Fraser High School.  He later worked at Sears and was self-employed cleaning houses.  Romatz was also a longtime Metra magazine employee who organized the Metra Picnic and delivered the publication at bar throughout Metro Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 54.

OutPost, November 10, 2004

Between The Lines, November 11, 2004

Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home

Mary Linton

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July 23, 1954 – June 13, 2021

Mary Catherine Linton was valedictorian of the class of 1972 at Bullock Creek High School in Midland, earned her B.S. from Michigan State, Master’s from Michigan Tech, and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.  She devoted her life to science and poetry, specializing in wetlands, and served an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.  Linton was survived by her wife and partner Kathy Kauffman.

Midland Daily News, July 8, 2021

In Memory of Mary Linton

Allan Wallace

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February 16, 1882 – April 18, 1946

Born in Detroit, Allan Patton Wallace worked as a hardware clerk before moving at age 30 to Manhattan where he performed as a bit actor in five shows on Broadway from the late 1920s through the mid-1930s.  The last decade of his life he resided in Traverse City where he was employed as a desk clerk at the Whiting Hotel.  Wallace left a suicide note and stepped from a ledge at age 64.

Traverse City Record-Eagle, April 19, 1946

Looking for Uncle Allan: A Gay Odyssey

Hank George

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June 1, 1934 – March 20, 2986

Wilbert Delos “Hank” George attended North Branch High School in North Branch and worked on the assembly line at AC Spark Plug in Flint before serving in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.  Following his time in the military, he was employed in maintenance for the State of Michigan in Flint and Lapeer.  George was a familiar presence at the State Bar and in the local gay community.

Flint Journal, March 21, 1986

Michael Guigar

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August 4, 1966 – February 24, 2020

Michael Hugh Guigar was born in Marlette and earned his B.S. in computer science at Saginaw Valley State University.  He later resided in Ferndale, Royal Oak, and Hazel Park and became active with the Detroit Together Men’s Chorus for many years.  Guigar was employed by 7-Eleven and attended the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.  His partner Brent Toner survived him.

Between The Lines, March 5, 2020

Beth Greenapple

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June 27, 1957 – March 2, 2020

Long Island, New York native Beth Sara Greenapple resided in Royal Oak and Southfield after moving to Metro Detroit in 1995 and taught music at Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills and the Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills.  She was a founding member of the Jewish Gay Network of Michigan and served as its early president.  Greenapple was survived by her partner Julia Pais and their son Nadav Pais-Greenapple.

Hebrew Memorial Chapel

Patricia Woods

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November 9, 1956 – December 16, 2020

Patricia Mae Woods, known to loved ones as “Patty Cakes,” was born in Detroit and graduated with the class of 1974 from Central High School.  She attended the Michigan Barber School and worked in area nursing homes before going into business owning and operating Woods Home Improvement.  For many years Woods attended Full Truth Fellowship Church.

O.H. Pye III Funeral Home

Jim Nickoff

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September 15, 1963 – December 16, 2007

Lansing native James Michael Nickoff was kicked out of his home at age 15.  He survived on dishwashing jobs and worked his way through college, earning his B.A. in accounting at Michigan State, where he was active in the Lesbian-Gay Council.  After he moved to San Francisco, he served on the founding board of Equality California and married his partner Dave Lawson in 2004.  Nickoff took his own life at age 44.

Bay Area Reporter, December 27, 2007

Nancy Riblet

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October 9, 1945 – April 7, 2021

Nancy Jean Riblet of Plymouth graduated from the Ferris State University School of Business in 1968 and went on to a career that took her to the vice presidency at J. Walter Thompson USA, the advertising agency for Ford Motors.  Riblet was survived by her partner of 24 years Evelyn Butler.

Detroit News, April 12, 2021

Evelyn Sanders

 

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October 15, 1918 – April 28, 1994

Ruth Evelyn Sanders moved from Texas to Michigan in the early 1940s to pursue her doctorate at Michigan State University.  After earning her Ph.D. in 1947, she taught microbiology at MSU as a lecturer, assistant professor, and associate professor, retiring in 1982.  Sanders shared a home in Okemos for many decades with her longtime companion Lucile Portwood.

Lansing State Journal, May 1, 1994