Janet Thering

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September 21, 1951 – August 9, 2016

Janet Thering played varsity basketball while a student at Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant, graduated from Aquinas College, and taught physical education in the Grand Rapids Schools for 20 years.  A founder of the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus, Thering attended every Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival from 1976 to 2015.  She and her wife Ruth Allerton were together 16 years.

Grand Rapids Press. August 14, 2016

Morning Sun, August 17, 2016

Patricia Wootton

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February 2, 1936 – January 24, 2015

Patricia Margaret Wootton worked in health care at Zieger Osteopathic Hospital in Detroit.  In retirement, she participated in the Western Wayne County Senior Olympics, medaling in golf.  Wootton and her life partner Patricia Fair shared a home together in Garden City.

Detroit Free Press, January 25, 2015

Marcia Patrick

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May 27, 1960 – December 31, 2005

Marcia Patrick grew up in Drayton Plains, graduated from the University of Michigan, and later worked as a paralegal for a Southfield law firm.  Patrick and her partner Jan Pierce were longtime participants in Metro Detroit’s LGBTQ community, joining in Affirmations golf outings and supporting the Triangle Foundation.

Between The Lines, January 12, 2006

Jan Pierce

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November 29, 1951 – January 2, 2006

Northville resident Jan Pierce was born in Dearborn and served 25 years with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, retiring as a detective sergeant.  She and her partner Marcia Patrick were strong supporters of the Triangle Foundation and attended golf outings sponsored by Affirmations.  They lost their lives in a New Year’s Eve automobile accident.

Between The Lines, January 12, 2006

Bob Gross

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January 23, 1937 – June 26, 1996

A native of the Isabella County town of Weidman, Bob Gross covered high school sports for the Lansing State Journal for 34 years and lived a largely closeted life.  In 1996, he was murdered by a young man he picked up at Stober’s Bar.  Gross was posthumously inducted into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

Between The Lines, August 1996

Cheri Jo Fiebig

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October 12, 1961 – November 19, 2013

Madison Heights High School grad Cheri Jo Fiebig performed for more than 30 years as a male impersonator, appearing at the State Bar in Flint, Silent Legacy in Inkster, and other bars in Metro Detroit in the 1980s and ‘90s.   She was featured on such local TV shows as Good Morning Detroit and Kelly & Company.  Fiebig later relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and died from lung cancer at age 52.

Detroit News, November 30, 2013

Miranda Starr Bennett

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November 14, 1993 – January 2, 2016

Born in Muskegon, Miranda Starr Bennett was active in sports and music at Muskegon High School with a special devotion to the saxophone.  She worked for Wendy’s and Taco Bell.  Among her survivors was her life partner Kendra Boos.

Muskegon Chronicle, January 5, 2016