Krisen Lison

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January 23, 1993 – June 28, 2013

A native of the state of Wyoming, Krisen Grace Lison of Charlotte graduated from Manchester High School in Manchester in 2011.  She went on to attend Michigan State University, where she was involved with the campus LGBT community.  Lison was studying writing and authored three books of poetry and short stories.  Her fiancé Dalton Strong was among her survivors.

Lansing State Journal, June 30, 2013

Carolyn Fretz

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November 17, 1932 – October 15, 2018

Born in Jackson, Carolyn Joan Fretz graduated with the 1950 high school class from Midland High School, attended Michigan State University and the earned her Bachelor’s in phys ed from Central Michigan University.  Following a long career as an elementary teacher with the Midland Public Schools, she operated her own pet care service.  Fretz was preceded in death by life partner Gwendolyn Bagley.

Midland Daily News, October 18, 2018

Betty Hudson

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March 5, 1931 – October 9, 2016

Betty Hudson grew up in Connecticut and attended Michigan State University in the early 1950s with her twin sister Marie.  She left college for a heterosexual marriage, which ended on good terms in the mid-1970s when she came out.  Hudson served two terms in the Connecticut legislature and was survived by her companion of more than 35 years Fran Roberts and her daughter and son.

Lesbian Connection, January/February 2017

Scott Sweeney

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September 21, 1963 – March 22, 1994

Born in Pontiac, Scott Russell Sweeney of Bloomfield Hills earned his bachelor’s in communications from Michigan State University in 1985 and later pursued studies at the University of London in the UK.  Sweeney enjoyed a rich career as a public affairs manager within the auto industry, overseeing the rollout of the Ford Mustang and the F150 Lightning.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 30.

Detroit Free Press, March 24, 1994

Sandra Langeland

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December 4, 1940 – July 6, 2020

A graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe, Sandra Lee Langeland earned her B.S. in physical education from Michigan State University in 1964.  She received her Ph.D. at the University of Denver and taught psychology at the Oakland Community College Highland Lakes Campus for 29 years.  Langeland and her life partner Susan Murdock shared homes un Union Lake before moving to Florida.

Oakland Press, July 10, 2020

Tony Brown

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February 15, 1958 – February 20, 2015

Antony Eugene “Tony” Brown of Madison Heights was born in England and graduated from Dondero High School in Royal Oak.  He later studied voice at Michigan State University and in the early 1980s was a noted singer at Detroit gay bars.  Brown served on the board of the Performers Awards of Detroit and received multiple PAD honors, including best go-go boy and Male Entertainer of the Year.

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Mica Kindman

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May 8, 1945 – November 22, 1991

Queens, New York native Michael Jay “Mica” Kindman attended Michigan State University in the mid-1960s and edited East Lansing’s first alternative newspaper The Paper.  Kindman later lived in Boston and San Francisco and became active in the Radical Faeries.  His autobiography, My Odyssey through the Underground Press, was published posthumously.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 46.

Bay Area Reporter, December 5, 1991

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

Caryl Freeman

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April 15, 1928 – September 30, 2014

Born in Highland Park, Caryl Pauline Freeman grew up in Sturgis and graduated with the class of 1946 from Sturgis High School.  She earned her B.A. at Michigan State, her M.A. from Harvard, and her doctorate at New York University.  She later joined the faculty of the Western Michigan University College of Business, retiring in 1987.  Freeman was survived by her partner Marcia Mascolini of Portage.

Redmond Funeral Home

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