Jill Ramseyer

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September 19, 1934 – August 4, 1992

Born in Bay City, Jill Marilyn (Conway) Ramseyer graduated from the Henry Ford Hospital nursing program in 1955 and began work as an RN for the Genesee County Public Health Department in 1972.  The first nurse in Flint to do HIV testing, she was founder and later president of Wellness HIV/AIDS Services.  Ramseyer retired to Au Gres in 1991 and was survived by her husband and two children.

Flint Journal, August 5, 1992

Cynthia Wrentmore

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December 5, 1934 – October 28, 2001

A native of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Cynthia Jane (Young) Wrentmore started as a public health nurse with the Washtenaw County Department of Public Health in 1958 and became as its communicable disease coordinator in 1981.  She served on the board for Wellness Networks/Huron Valley, later known as the HIV/AIDS Resource Center, and was a pioneering AIDS educator in the Ann Arbor area.

Between The Lines, November 29, 2001

Marvin Marks

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March 13, 1931 – April 20, 2015

Marvin Phillip Marks of Southfield started his own accounting firm in the early 1960s.  In the 1970s and 1980s, he held leadership positions in numerous local gay organizations, including Dignity/Detroit, the Motor City Business Forum, the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council, the Forum Foundation, and Wellness Networks.  Marks received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Pride Banquet in 2009.

Between The Lines, April 23, 2015

Marvin P. Marks Papers at the Reuther Library

Stuart Itzkowitz

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May 3, 1948 – November 5, 2019

Grosse Pointe Park resident Stuart George Itzkowitz moved Detroit in 1974 after earning his Masters at the University of Michigan.  He became active with the Wayne State University GLF, was a founder of MOHR, and served on the board of Wellness Networks.  He went on to get his Ph.D. from Wayne State, where he later taught.  Itzkowitz was preceded in death by his husband and partner of 38 years Larry Zimmerman.

Between The Lines, November 21, 2019

William Townsend

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July 18, 1952 – July 17, 1993

Eastpointe resident William Daryl Townsend was founding president of Friends Alliance for people with HIV, served on the board of Wellness Networks, and co-founded the Detroit chapter of ACT UP.  His appearance on WDIV’s Sonya Friedman Show was canceled in 1985 because the camera crew feared AIDS contagion.  He died of AIDS-related complications at age 40.

Cruise, July 28, 1993

Richard Villaire

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May 8, 1948 – January 19, 1995

Ferndale resident and pioneering AIDS activist Richard William Villaire was born in Wyandotte and attended Roseville High School and Ferris State University before earning his B.A. in psychology at Eastern Michigan University.  He was an officer of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights and was a founder of Wellness Networks, Friends Alliance, and the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project.

Between The Lines, February 1995

Metra, February 15, 1995

Between The Lines, March 1995

Tim Warner

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September 18, 1955 – September 25, 1993

Born in Jackson, Timothy Gerald Warner shared a home in Ferndale with his life companion David Wyka and worked for Consumers Power.  Warner served as president of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, sat on the city’s Beautification Commission, and volunteered with Wellness Networks.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 38.

Royal Oak Tribune, September 27, 1993

Tom Bartley

November 19, 1947 – January 10, 1990

Utica resident Thomas Michael Bartley grew up in Port Huron, earned his B.S. in nursing in Houston and a Master’s in nursing from Mercy College in Detroit.  He sang in the choir at Zion Lutheran Church in Ferndale and was involved in both Wellness Networks and AIDS Interfaith Network.  Bartley was survived by two children and his lover Jim Proffitt.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 42.

Detroit Free Press, January 11, 1990

Chester Cislo

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July 13, 1945 – September 5, 1994

Chester Cislo attended St. Casimir High School on Detroit’s West Side and worked as a sexton at St. James Catholic Church in Ferndale.  Cislo represented the Detroit Together Men’s Chorus on the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council, was active with Wellness Networks and the NAMES Project, and served on the board for Friends Alliance.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 49.

Cruise, September 28, 1994

Deon Jackson

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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