Richard Dingley

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November 20, 1919 – April 6, 2008

Fort Wayne, Indiana native Richard Dingley served as a Warrant Officer in World War II.  He worked for many years with International Harvester in Traverse City before retiring to Cincinnati, Ohio.   Dingley enjoyed baseball, railroads, and opera.  He was a longtime subscriber to the early homophile magazine the Mattachine Review in the 1950s.

Cincinnati Enquirer, April 13, 2008

Angelina Winn

 

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January 11, 1970 – October 25, 2019

Angelina Marie Winn graduated with the class of 1988 from St. Francis High School in Traverse City.  After earning her Bachelor’s degree, she went on to have a 20-year career as a corrections officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections.  Winn and her longtime partner Tara Kelley were found dead in their Kingsley home in a tragic murder-suicide.

Covell Funeral Home

Traverse City Record-Eagle, December 4, 2019

Bryan Borchardt

Bryan John Borchardt

August 17, 1963 – October 1, 2017

Glen Arbor resident Bryan John Borchardt earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985.  He was employed in banking with JP Morgan Chase in Traverse City.  He also raised and showed champion Shetland sheepdogs and operated Solstice Shelties.  Borchardt and his husband Brandt Waldenmyer were together 27 years.

Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home

Wausau Daily Herald, October 13, 2017

Bonnie Purvis

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October 2, 1950 – October 15, 2017

A native of Traverse City and graduate of the Traverse City Schools, Bonnie Jean Purvis attended Central Michigan University and worked for more than three decades as a lab technician at Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital, later Munson Medical Center, retiring in 2013.  An avid golfer, biker, and kayaker, Purvis was survived by Tammy Krentz, her spouse and loving partner of 36 years.

Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home

Suzie Dowden

April 17, 1934 – January 31, 2010

A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Suzanne “Suzie” Dowden majored in physical education at Miami University of Ohio and earned her Master’s from the University of Michigan in 1966.  She taught at Eastern Michigan University and had a varied career of teaching, counseling, and coaching in Detroit, Ferndale, and Kalkaska.  Dowden lived in Traverse City with her partner of 42 years Connie Riopelle.

Traverse City Record-Eagle, February 4, 2010

Esmeralda Bermudez

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December 19, 1983 – April 28, 2016

Kalamazoo resident Esmeralda Bermudez graduated from Traverse City High School in 2005, earned her associates degree from Northern Michigan College, and worked as a dental technician.  She was survived by two daughters and her wife Jade Austin Morgan.

Dignity Memorial obituary

Alma Routsong

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November 26, 1924 – October 4, 1996

Born in Traverse City, Alma Routsong served in the WAVES during World War II and graduated from Michigan State University.  After moving to New York City, she authored the pioneering novel Patience and Sarah under the pen name Isabel Miller.

Gay Community News, Winter 1996

Lesbian Herstory Archives oral history of Alma Routsong