Chet Sampson

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October 15, 1916 – October 2, 2010

Chester James “Chet” Sampson of Los Angeles was born in Hubbell and attended Michigan Tech before transferring to the University of Michigan.  During World War II he produced variety shows in the U.S. Navy.  He later taught high school in Grosse Pointe before opening his own travel agency.  In 1965, he founded ONE in Detroit, only the second formal homosexual organization in Michigan.

Grosse Pointe News, November 4, 2010

William Hirn

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August 26, 1928 – April 12, 2013

Born in Escanaba, William James Hirn earned his Bachelor’s from Western Michigan University and did his graduate studies at the University of Michigan.  After teaching in Muskegon and Ann Arbor, he moved to New York State, where he was on the early faculty of Rockland Community College.  Hirn and his life partner of 48 years Joseph Rogers retired to Spain and later lived in Houston and Las Vegas.

Escanaba Daily Press, April 19, 2013

Jonel Hoogterp

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May 13. 1983 – July 31, 2009

A native of Engadine in Mackinac County, Jonel Kathryn Hoogterp was valedictorian of her high school class and part of the All-UP Girls Basketball Team in 2001.  She earned her Bachelor’s at Aquinas College and later moved to Durham, North Carolina.  Hoogterp and her partner Julie Hatch were killed in an automobile crash.

Beaulieu Funeral Home

Jean Kinnear

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April 26, 1946 – September 17, 2014

Jean Kinnear grew up near Lexington, Virginia, earned her B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at Penn State.  As a professor at Northern Michigan University, she taught outdoor recreation for 30 distinguished years.  Kinnear lived in Marquette with life partner Joanna Mitchell.

Tributes

Saje Nieto

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February 14, 1996 – February 12, 2016

Born in Tecumseh, Saja Mykel Nieto graduated in 2014 from Adrian High School, where he was active in the LGBT Club and the Color Guard.  In addition to studying zoology at Northern Michigan University, Nieto worked at Pet Supplies Plus, as a supervisor at Adrian Image Center, and as a manager at B Fit.

Adrian Daily Telegram, February 15, 2016

Scott Warren

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July 17, 1959 – December 11, 2016

Brian “Scott” Warren of Ironwood graduated from Wakefield High School and attended Northern Michigan University.  He was active in local theater and music as a performer, director, and board member.  Warren and his life partner of 35 years George Henkel were the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Gogebic County.

Ironwood Daily Globe, December 13, 2016

Lucia Maria Patritto

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September 11, 1957 – March 18, 2014

A native of the small town of Wakefield and a graduate of Gogebic Community College, Lucia Patritto served in the 1980s as executive director of DOVE, a domestic violence service agency.  She later became Michigan State University extension director for the western counties of the Upper Peninsula.

Ironwood Daily Globe, March 22, 2014