Marlene Kutz

March 23, 1932 – February 27, 2005

Marlene Kutz grew up in Dearborn and later resided in Livonia and Harrison Township.  A subscriber to the Ladder in the early 1970s and supporter of the Forum Foundation in the 1990s, Kutz was also a sister in the Catholic Church.

Detroit News, March 1, 2005

Adrian Vincent

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May 21, 1948 – September 12, 2013

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Adrian Vincent practiced law in East Lansing and Chicago.  As a longtime resident of Douglas, He was involved with the Saugatuck/Douglas Historical Society and enjoyed skiing, sailing, and cycling.  Vincent was survived by his partner Thomas Staniszewski.

Lansing State Journal, September 18, 2013

Dana Meyer

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December 9, 1964 – August 26, 2017

Dana Meyer of Ann Arbor graduated from the Milan schools and received her B.S. in healthcare administration from Southern University of Illinois in Carbondale System.  She served in the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 1989 and subsequently worked in patient services and as a billing manager.  Meyer was survived by her partner Anne Spiegel and three children.

Ann Arbor News, August 31, 2017

Larry Kunkle

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September 24, 1964 – March 10, 2002

Ferndale resident Lawrence James Kunkle, better known as Larry, was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated in 1973 from Warren High School.  He earned his Bachelor’s in advertising from Ferris State University in 1987 and worked in advertising, journalism, and computer tech.  Kunkle was active in WAGS, Wonderful Animals Giving Support, and was named Mr. Detroit Eagle 2002.

Between The Lines, April 11, 2002

Mable Stewart Merritt

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September 8, 1925 – December 19, 2017

Born in upstate New York, Mable Stewart Merritt moved with her family as a child to Grosse Pointe, where she graduated from high school.  She worked as a typesetter for the United Auto Workers union for 40 years.  Merritt was interviewed by Roey Thorpe in 1992 about her involvement in lesbian life in Detroit during the 1950s.

Kansas City Star, January 3, 2018

Duane VanderYacht

March 12, 1925 – January 11, 1980

Duane Andrew VanderYacht attended Holland Public Schools, graduated from Hope College, and lived most of his life in Holland before moving to Muskegon.  He worked as a salesman, janitor, and later in life was self-employed as a consultant.  During the 1950s, VanderYacht was a subscriber to ONE magazine.

Muskegon Chronicle, January 14, 1980

Lenore Simon

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December 31, 1950 – October 26, 2011

Saginaw resident Lenore Simon was born in Chicago and earned her JD from Creighton University Law School in Omaha. Nebraska.  In addition to practicing law as an attorney and mediator for more than 20 years, Simon co-founded a queer theater company Center in Monterey, California in the early 1990s and later continued the troupe in Las Vegas.  She and her partner Connie Hoffman were married in 2009.

Lesbian Connection, March/April 2012