Chuck Darr

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March 4, 1935 – August 4, 2007

Born in Greenleaf Township in rural Sanilac County, Charles Henry “Chuck” Darr grew up on a farm, later moved to Saginaw, and worked at Marlette Homes.  He volunteered with Green House Gathering Place and the local LGBT community group Perceptions.  In 2007, he was beaten to death at age 69 by a former renter.  Darr was preceded in death by his longtime lover William Harper.

Between The Lines, August 16, 2007

Between The Lines, September 6, 2007

John Monahan

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May 10, 1945 – January 1, 2002

Colorado native and longtime Saginaw resident John Michael Monahan worked as a rehabilitation therapist.  During the 1980s, he became active in the Michigan Organization for Human Rights and in 1990 co-founded the Triangle Foundation and served as its president.  Following a heart transplant in 1993, Monahan moved to Detroit to engage in activism full time.

Between The Lines, January 10, 2002

Saginaw News, January 16, 2002

Patricia Lawrence-Smith

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June 11, 1962 – June 25, 2019

Saginaw native Patricia “Pat” Ann Lawrence-Smith, also known as Patricia Smith, worked as an emergency medical technician in Genesee County and resided for 25 years in Davison.  She and her partner Lauriejane Smith were united in marriage in September 2015.

Hansen Funeral Home

Gerald Hillert

November 5, 1928 – January 3, 2009

Born in Saginaw, Gerald Laverne Hillert was a draftsman for Consumers Power in Saginaw in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and later worked as an interior designer for Sears-Roebuck in Detroit.  Hillert was also an early subscriber to ONE magazine.  He and his companion of 56 years Robert Costa retired to Vero Beach, Florida.

TC Palm, January 8, 2009

Thomas Lohr Jr.

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January 6, 1956 – October 29, 2014

Saginaw native Thomas Lohr Jr. graduated from Eisenhower High School and earned a B.A. in marketing at Michigan State University in 1979.  After a successful career in advertising in Chicago, he joined his life partner Roger Boike in operating Groundworkes, a landscaping business in Lakeside, Michigan.  Lohr was also actively involved in Chicago’s LGBTQ community, participating in two AIDS Rides bicycle fundraisers.

Saginaw News, November 23, 2014

Thomas Lohr Sr.

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May 31, 1925 – March 13, 1918

Thomas Lohr Sr. was born in Saginaw, attended Arthur Hill High School, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  After graduating from NYU, he earned his M.D. from Harvard, then served in the Air Force before returning to Michigan, where he practiced medicine for 39 years.  In retirement, he and his husband Robert Rousch spent winters in New Mexico and summers in East Tawas.

Saginaw News, April 29, 2018

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