October 29, 1961 – February 10, 2000
Scott Lawrence, a homeowner in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, graduated high school in Warren and was employed with area advertising agencies. He volunteered with Affirmations Community Center and for a time worked as a waiter at the Backstage Deli. Lawrence was survived by his life partner Ron Fisher.
Cruise, March 1, 2000
Between The Lines, March 9, 2000
June 19, 1933 – August 3, 2017
Silver Lee Garske, a Kalamazoo native and resident of the village of Mattawan, played fast pitch softball. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in education from Western Michigan University and went on to teach gym for 33 years, retiring from the Harper Creek Community Schools in 1987. Garske was preceded in death by her life companion of 65 years Betty Clark.
Kalamazoo Gazette, August 6, 2017
June 14, 1932 – September 5, 2015
Battle Creek resident Betty Clark graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1950 and earned her B.A. and M.A. in education from Western Michigan University. She taught elementary and junior high in the Harper Creek Community Schools from 1960 to 1986. Clark was survived by her life companion of 65 years Silver Lee Garske.
Battle Creek Enquirer, September 7, 2015
August 12, 1948 – March 16, 2013
Joyce Jackson earned her B.S. in interdisciplinary studies from Wayne State and worked as a personnel manager for the City of Detroit. After relocating to Lansing, she worked as assistant administrator the Meals-on-Wheels program. Jackson was a member of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change. She was survived by her partner Jay Mitchell.
Lansing State Journal, March 27, 2013
Riley Funeral Home
The Reporter, June 2013
January 28, 1952 – February 27, 1992
Detroit native Richard Steven Shank graduated from Novi High School in 1971 and worked as a waiter and bartender at Morey’s and the Escape. Shank was also involved in local community theater and for a time performed female impersonation as Rickie Day. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 39.
Cruise, March 18, 1992
August 10, 1939 – January 9, 2016
Northville resident Carolee Moss earned a Bachelor’s in speech pathology, taught elementary school, and raised her family in New Jersey, Maine, and New York before landing in Ann Arbor. She earned a Master’s at Wayne State University and retired from Detroit Medical Center. Moss was an early member of Suburban Women Together and was active with the Senior Koffee Klatch at Affirmations.
Carolee Moss Memorial Video
March 2, 1979 – April 11, 2018
Flint native Deuntia “Deon” Jackson earned his mortuary science degree from Gupton Jones College in Atlanta and worked as a mortician in Michigan and several other states. He performed as DJ Envi, helped establish the Safe Space drop-in center for LGBTQ youth at Wellness Services and in 2011 co-founded the Flint Gay Pride celebration. Jackson was survived by his husband Casio Flood.
Sheldon T. Banks Funeral Chapel
December 25, 1929 – February 7, 2017
Lawyer, professor, and labor activist Patricia Eames earned her BA. at Reed College, her M.A. from Columbia, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. In the 1980s, she served as general counsel for Wayne State University. While in Detroit she and her life partner Connie Hart were active with the Forum Foundation and SEMGLA, the South East Michigan Gay/Lesbian Association.
Reed Magazine, 2017
March 11, 1934 – December 14, 2009
Joanne Rettke earned her doctorate at Michigan State University, where she served as director of the Women’s Resource Center. She helped found First Friday gatherings in the Lansing area in the mid-1970s and in 1977 played a key role in inaugurating Everywomen’s Weekend. Rettke retired to Glen Arbor, where she ran the Duneswood retreat with Marge Ives, her partner of 34 years.
Glen Arbor Sun, January 10, 2010
Lesbian Connection, March/April 2010
May 24, 1939 – July 20, 2003
Thomas Weier was 20 at the time of his arrest on felony charges in January 1960 in a crackdown on homosexual activity on campus at the University of Michigan. Later a noted psychiatrist, he was employed at the Mayo clinic for thirty years, and then served as medical director for the Pride Institute. Weier was survived by a daughter and son, an ex-wife, and his partner Kee Paisansinsup.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 21, 2003