Matt Colden

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June 18, 1963 – July 16, 2009

Matthew Dean Colden was born in Flint and attended Kearsley High School through 10th grade before dropping out.  Colden worked as a chef in restaurants in the Flint and Detroit areas for much of his adult life and lived in Mount Clemens with Steve Daldine, his lover of 27 years.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 46.

Flint Journal, July 18, 2009

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

David Balas

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January 16, 1952 – October 1, 2019

Arts supporter, benefactor, and retired attorney David Lyle Balas was born in Mt. Clemens, graduated from University Liggett High School, and attended universities in Ohio.  He worked with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and served on the East Lansing City Council as an openly gay member from 1983 to 1995.  Balas and his future husband Jim Sellman moved to Saugatuck in 2003 and wed in 2015.

Between The Lines, October 17, 2019

Gerry Crane

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August 25, 1964 – January 3, 1997

Mount Clemens native Gerald Mark “Gerry” Crane graduated from Mount Clemens High School and attended Grand Rapids Baptist College and Calvin College.  He taught high school music in Byron Center and was loved by his students, but officials hounded him from his job in 1996 when parents learned that he and his partner Randy Block held a commitment ceremony.  Crane died from a heart attack at age 32.

Between The Lines, February 1997

Michigan Radio segment on Private Love, Public School: Gay Teacher Under Fire

Henry Bertschinger

October 2, 1910 – August 26, 1972

Henry Bernard Bertschinger was born in Detroit and later resided in Roseville and Mount Clemens.  Prior to World War II, he worked as a baker and in the late 1950s he held a factory job at Bundy Tubing in Warren.  In 1947, Bertschinger was arrested for accosting an undercover Detroit police officer.

No known obituary

Scott McCready

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August 3, 1947 – May 14, 1992

Mt. Clemens native and resident Scott McCready attended Hillsdale College before moving to California.  He returned to Metro Detroit in the mid-1980s after learning he had HIV.  As president of Friends Alliance for two years, McCready was a prominent local advocate for Persons with AIDS.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 44.

Detroit Free Press, May 15, 1992

Michigan Tribune, February 6, 1992

Marcia Elise Baker

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July 24, 1953 – July 18, 2010

Grosse Pointe resident Marcia Elise Baker earned her doctor of osteopathy at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri.  Specializing in internal medicine, she was later on staff at Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center.  She was survived by Dr. Claudia Osborn, her life partner of 25 years.

Grosse Pointe News, July 29, 2010