Jay Ralko

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July 13, 1992 – Last seen December 10, 2014

Jay Ralko of Warren was active in the GLBTA Student Union while a student at Wayne State University and was employed at Kroger.  The 22-year-old trans man went missing on December 10, 2014, sparking an extensive regional search.  He was found dead in his car thirteen days later.  Police suspected that Ralko took his own life.

Oakland County Times, December 24, 2014

Windy City Times, December 26, 2014

Remembering Jay Video

Karen Sundberg

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November 5, 1940 – August 13, 2018

Karen Sundberg of Taylor was born in Marquette, graduated from Ishpeming Public Schools, earned her B.A. from Northern Michigan University, and received an M.A. from Wayne State.  In the 1980s, she was active in Lesbian Sisters Building a Network and served as treasurer of the Detroit Area Gay/Lesbian Council.  Sundberg was also active for many decades in the National Organization for Women.

Mining Journal, August 29, 2018

Jeff Kucharski

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January 13, 1964 – October 25, 1995

Jeffry Florian Kucharski of Dearborn earned a piano scholarship to Wayne State University.  He later received a B.A. in Russian Studies from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the Wayne State Law School.  Kucharski worked as helpline coordinator at Affirmations Community Center and enjoyed traveling with his partner of 12 years Tom Wilczak.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 31.

Between The Lines, December 1995

Between The Lines, December 1996

Joyce Jackson

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August 12, 1948 – March 16, 2013

Joyce Jackson earned her B.S. in interdisciplinary studies from Wayne State and worked as a personnel manager for the City of Detroit.  After relocating to Lansing, she worked as assistant administrator the Meals-on-Wheels program.  Jackson was a member of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.  She was survived by her partner Jay Mitchell.

Lansing State Journal, March 27, 2013

Riley Funeral Home

The Reporter, June 2013

Carolee Moss

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August 10, 1939 – January 9, 2016

Northville resident Carolee Moss earned a Bachelor’s in speech pathology, taught elementary school, and raised her family in New Jersey, Maine, and New York before landing in Ann Arbor.  She earned a Master’s at Wayne State University and retired from Detroit Medical Center.  Moss was an early member of Suburban Women Together and was active with the Senior Koffee Klatch at Affirmations.

Dignity Memorial

Carolee Moss Memorial Video

Patricia Eames

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December 25, 1929 – February 7, 2017

Lawyer, professor, and labor activist Patricia Eames earned her BA. at Reed College, her M.A. from Columbia, and her J.D. from Yale Law School.  In the 1980s, she served as general counsel for Wayne State University.  While in Detroit she and her life partner Connie Hart were active with the Forum Foundation and SEMGLA, the South East Michigan Gay/Lesbian Association.

Reed Magazine, 2017

Bill Cornell

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October 24, 1927 – July 6, 1961

Born in Detroit, William John Cornell attended Wayne University and, as one of city’s premier theatrical press agents in the 1950s, represented various stars when they visited the Motor City, including Ethel Merman and Marlena Dietrich.  Cornell and his partner Peter Prass were killed when a fire gutted their Chicago Boulevard apartment.

Detroit Free Press, July 7, 1961