Francine Malindzak

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April 5, 1957 – September 28, 2004

Francine Louise Malindzak was a star athlete at Gaylord High School and Northern Michigan University in hockey and skiing.  She was later employed with plant operations at the NMU library and in the 1990s was co-publisher of the Aurora newsletter, which connected lesbian and gay residents across the Upper Peninsula.  Malindzak was murdered at age 47 by a jealous male neighbor of the woman she was dating.

Gaylord Herald Times, October 2, 2004

Francine Malindzak at Le Chrysalis Remembers

Tim Liupakka

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July 25, 1967 – May 30, 2017

Timothy Richard Liupakka graduated in 1986 from Marquette Senior High School and attended Northern Michigan University before moving to Milwaukee to pursue a degree in interior design.  Liupakka performed under the drag name Tabitha Stephens in Wisconsin and later in annual shows at NMU.  In 2015, he moved to Florida where he worked in hotel housekeeping and married Peter Williamson.

Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral Home

Karen Sundberg

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November 5, 1940 – August 13, 2018

Karen Sundberg of Taylor was born in Marquette, graduated from Ishpeming Public Schools, earned her B.A. from Northern Michigan University, and received an M.A. from Wayne State.  In the 1980s, she was active in Lesbian Sisters Building a Network and served as treasurer of the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council.  Sundberg was also active for many decades in the National Organization for Women.

Mining Journal, August 29, 2018

Jean Kinnear

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April 26, 1946 – September 17, 2014

Jean Kinnear grew up near Lexington, Virginia, earned her B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at Penn State.  As a professor at Northern Michigan University, she taught outdoor recreation for 30 distinguished years.  Kinnear lived in Marquette with life partner Joanna Mitchell.

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Judy Eisenberg

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July 24, 1944 – November 1, 2015

An eleven-year resident of Marquette, Judith Fern “Judy” Eisenberg worked as a waitress, an emergency medical technician, Dichtaphone operator, folk singer, and piano teacher.  As a member of the Lake Superior Piano Workshop from 2004 to 2010, she performed at the Peter White Library and the Women’s Federated Clubhouse.

Swanson-Lundouist Funeral Home