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

Ricky Kirkwood

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September 23, 1964 – June 18, 1999

Detroit resident James Richard Kirkwood Jr. was employed with a credit union.  He learned he had HIV in 1989 and kept his status secret from his family for nine years out of shame and fear of rejection for his sexuality.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 34.

Between The Lines, July 1, 2004

Robert Murphy

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January 22, 1935 – November 5, 2017

Detroit native and Novi resident Robert Murphy served in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the Naval Reserves.  A long active in the leather community under the name Mark Ensinger, he was a member of Detroit’s Studs 30 and the Chicago Hellfire Club.  He was posthumously awarded the 2018 Chuck Renslow President’s Award by the Leather Archives and Museum.

Detroit News, November 7, 2017

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors

Mary Appelhof

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June 11, 1936 – May 4, 2005

Known as the “Worm Woman,” Kalamazoo resident Nary Arlene Appelhof became a world-renowned expert on using earthworms for composting.  She was born in Detroit, grew up in Alma, and attended high school in Ohio.  She earned a B.S. and two Masters from Michigan State and taught in Kalamazoo and at Interlochen.  Appelhof was survived by her partner of 27 years Mary Frances Fenton.

Kalamazoo Gazette, May 5, 2005

Lesbian Connection, September/October 2006

Anna Kiraly

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July 30, 1936 – October 5, 2006

Originally from Amherstburg, Ontario, Anna Mae Kiraly went to school in Windsor to become a Registered Nurse and was employed by Detroit Receiving Hospital as a critical care nurse for more than 40 years.  Kiraly lived in and around Metro Detroit, including Warren, Farmington, and Sterling Heights.  She was survived by Judith Cook, her partner of 24 years.

Detroit News, October 9, 2006

Carole Stoneking

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March 28, 1937 – February 3, 2016

Carole Lynn Stoneking was raised in Grosse Pointe, received her Bachelor’s at Wayne State University, and in 1967, she earned a scholarship to pursue her Masters in recreational leadership.  She had a 27-year career with the YWCA and later owned the Stress Management Institute of Therapeutic Massage in Columbia, South Carolina.  Stoneking also served on the steering committee for Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.

The Reporter, June 2016

Barr-Price Funeral Home

Thomas Lohr Jr.

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January 6, 1956 – October 29, 2014

Saginaw native Thomas Lohr Jr. graduated from Eisenhower High School and earned a B.A. in marketing at Michigan State University in 1979.  After a successful career in advertising in Chicago, he joined his life partner Roger Boike in operating Groundworkes, a landscaping business in Lakeside, Michigan.  Lohr was also actively involved in Chicago’s LGBTQ community, participating in two AIDS Rides bicycle fundraisers.

Saginaw News, November 23, 2014