Windy City Times

Aleta Fenceroy, who, with her partner Jean Mayberry, founded the popular news service Fenceberry, passed away Sept. 23 of cancer at her home with family and friends by her side, reported. She was 57.

In the early days of the Internet, Fenceroy and Mayberry searched the Web and sent daily e-mails with links of interest to the LGBT community. Gradually, the duo sent increasing numbers of e-missives daily, each with the latest news. Their effort continued until they retired the list in 2004.

Fenceroy raised two children as a single mom while working part-time and going to college to earn a Master of Music Degree. She graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and received her Masters at the University of Minnesota. She was a church organist for 30 years, four of which were spent in Norway. Fenceroy worked for the State of Iowa Department of Corrections for over 15 years before going back to school to earn an Associate’s degree in computer programming in 1998. She then took a job in Omaha, Neb., with First Data Resources as an analyst/programmer and software writer. Outside of work, she loved solving puzzles, among other things.

In addition to Mayberry, Fenceroy leaves behind two children, Michelle and J.J., and three grandchildren: Chloe, Ella and Teaghan.

A memorial celebration of Fenceroy’s life has been planned and arrangements will be finalized pending family-related details. There will be no funeral and Fenceroy requested there be no flowers. Anyone wishing to make a donation should write a check to the American Civil Liberties Union.