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Frankie Knuckles memorial April 21 - A celebration of life for the legendary Chicago house music DJ Frankie Knuckles will be Monday, April 21, 6-9 p.m. at Progressive Baptist Church, 3658 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either in the memory of Frankie to: American Diabetes Association — diabetes.org or Gay Men Health Crisis of NYC- gmhc.org . See ...


PASSAGES-Ron-Novak-64-dies

PASSAGES: Ron Novak, 64, dies - Ron Novak, 64, formerly of Toledo, Iowa; passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2014. Ron studied Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa and had lived in Chicago since the early 90s. He had a successful career in the restaurant business, in many capacities. At the time of his passing he was helping train others at Center on Halsted ...


Community-gathers-to-remember-Vernita-Gray

Community gathers to remember Vernita Gray - Hundreds of friends, family and acquaintances of activist Vernita Gray gathered at the Goodman Theatre March 31 to remember her legacy and pay tribute to her. The gathering was officiated by Mary Morten and Paul Fairchild. Additional photo spread at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-03-31&AGALLERY=VernitaHal . Morten said that Gray was "a person who led a life of activism, a life of ...


Frankie-Knuckles-legendary-DJ-dies

Frankie Knuckles, legendary DJ, dies - Memorial April 21 - House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles has passed away. He was 59. Frederick Dunson, Knuckles' producer, confirmed that Knuckles had died on March 31, according to Chicago Tribune. Knuckles reportedly died at home and a statement was expected April 1. The producer, who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996, mixed work by artists such ...


Vernita-Gray-A-community-remembers

Vernita Gray: A community remembers - "Today we mourn the passing of a fearless woman who spent her life fighting for equality and civil rights. Vernita Gray was an inspiration to all who crossed her path, from President Obama who knew her by name to the victims of violence she comforted and the young people for whom she was a fierce advocate. Her legacy can be ...


Anti-gay-activist-the-Rev-Fred-Phelps-dies

Anti-gay activist the Rev. Fred Phelps dies - The leader of a small Baptist church in Westboro, Kansas, who made a name for himself by traveling the country to hoist up "God Hates Fags" placards, is dead. A spokesman for Westboro Baptist Church, whose website address is godhatesfags.com, told CNN today that Phelps, 84, died of natural causes. Although certainly appalled by Phelps' tactics and tenacity, the LGBT ...


PASSAGES-Vernita-Gray-longtime-activist-dies

PASSAGES Vernita Gray, longtime activist, dies - Vernita Gray, one of Chicago's longest and most prolific activists for LGBT rights, has died. She was 65. A memorial will be held Monday, March 31, 1 p.m. at the Goodman Theatre. Gray and wife Pat Ewert were the first same-sex couple married legally in Illinois, Nov. 27, 2013, after winning a court victory because of Gray's critical health situation. ...


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PASSAGES Longtime activist Gravemier passes away - Greg Gravemier, 60, a longtime human rights activist, passed away on March 15 in Sterling, Va. The cause of his death has not yet been determined, according to his partner of 37 years, Leland Roth. A native of Linton, Ind., Gravemier was especially active in progressive causes in Decatur, Ill., where he lived for a number of years. He was ...


PASSAGES-DJ-Boos

PASSAGES D.J. Boos - D.J. Boos, ( Danny W. Boos, Jr. ), 48; formerly of Beaverton, Michigan; 1997 Mr. Chicago Leather; passed away unexpectedly March 14, 2014. In 1989, after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, D.J. moved to Chicago, where he embarked upon a long bartending stint at Bucks and Touche, which lead to a career as a supervisor at Service Is Us ...


PASSAGES-Renowned-plastic-surgeon-dies-unexpectedly

PASSAGES Renowned plastic surgeon dies unexpectedly - Dr. Rodger Wade Pielet, 52, renowned and respected plastic surgeon, died Jan. 18 due to the effects of a stroke. Pielet was born on Feb. 13, 1961 and raised in Aurora, Ill. He earned his undergraduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. and completed his medical degree at Tulane University Medical School. His career began as an academic ...


PASSAGES-Quentin-Elias-French-model-singer-dies-at-39

PASSAGES Quentin Elias French model/singer dies at 39 - Quentin Elias, the leader of the popular '90s French boy band Alliage, died in his New York City home of an alleged heart attack, according to EDGE Boston. He was 39. After leaving Alliage in 1999, he also tried to launch a solo career and relocated to New York City in 2002. France Info reports Elias started a gay-porn career ...


PASSAGES-David-A-Cohen-PINK-Magazine-founder-dies

PASSAGES David A. Cohen, PINK Magazine founder, dies - David A. Cohen, 59, who was the founder and publisher of the LGBT publications the PINK Pages, Pride Magazine, and subsequently PINK magazine, has died. Cohen immigrated to the U.S. from Israel in the 1980s. He lived in New York City before settling in Chicago. Cohen's PINK Pages was the first "yellow pages" to serve the LGBT community in New ...


PASSAGES-Gay-ex-NFL-player-Roy-Simmons-dies

PASSAGES Gay ex-NFL player Roy Simmons dies - Roy Simmons, a former New York Giants offensive lineman who later became the second former player in NFL history to come out as gay, died in his New York home at 57, The New York Daily News reported. Simmons, the only player in NFL history to acknowledge that he was HIV-positive, was known for his nice demeanor—but was also tortured ...


PASSAGES-Stephen-R-Kiosk

PASSAGES Stephen R. Kiosk - Former Maryland resident Stephen R. Kiosk ( Ksioszk ) passed away recently at the age of 51, according to The Chicago Tribune. Kiosk was the loving brother of: John ( Lorna ) Ksioszk, Christine Marrufo, Arlene Santiago and twin Michael ( Mary ) Ksioszk; cherished uncle of many, including Sarah, Samuel, Nicholas; great-uncle of Lydia; and loving friend and partner ...


PASSAGES-Challis-Gibbs-marriage-plaintiff-dies-

PASSAGES Challis Gibbs, marriage plaintiff, dies - Challis Gibbs, 61, one of the plaintiffs in the case that won emergency marriage licenses in Illinois, died Feb. 24. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 9, 1-4 p.m. at 1900 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago. Gibbs and her partner of 21 years, Elvie Jordan, were among the first few couples married after a judge ruled Dec. 9, ...


PASSAGES-Gordon-Locksley

PASSAGES Gordon Locksley - Gordon Allen Locksley—a private art dealer and collector of contemporary art—passed away quietly in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 1 after a brief illness, according to Legacy.com. He was 83. Locksley was born in Chicago on Aug. 27, 1930, to William and Sheila Locksley. His grandparents came from Poland before World War II. Locksley fondly remembered meeting many who came ...


Longtime-leader-and-activist-Bob-Gammie-dies

Longtime leader and activist Bob Gammie dies - Bob Gammie, 88, a longtime community leader and activist, died January 30 due to cardiac arrest. For the past few years he battled bilateral lung cancer, COPD and heart failure. Lori Cannon, longtime community HIV/AIDS activist and co-founder of Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care of Heartland Health Outreach, relayed his death to Windy City Times. Gammie was born Oct. ...


-Philip-Seymour-Hoffman-dies

Philip Seymour Hoffman dies - Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most versatile and talented actors of his generation, has died of an apparent drug overdose. He was 46. He won the Academy Award and numerous other honors for his portrayal of gay writer Truman Capote in the 2005 film Capote. He received Oscar nominations for best supporting actor for three films: Charlie Wilson's War, ...


PASSAGES-Michael-McGuire

PASSAGES Michael McGuire - Michael McGuire died Jan. 5 of congestive heart failure, according to friend Lori Cannon. He was 55. McGuire was a native Chicagoan who attended Amundsen High School. Among his jobs were managing the liquor department at Walgreens; tending bar at Broadway Limited; and working at the Ram bookstore for 18 years. For the past 10 years, McGuire faithfully and dutifully ...


Gay-philanthropist-Robert-Wilson-commits-suicide

Gay philanthropist Robert Wilson commits suicide - Robert W. Wilson—an openly gay retired hedge-fund founder who became a major philanthropist, donating about $600 million to causes that included environmental conservation, the American Civil Liberties Union and Roman Catholic education ( although he was an atheist )—died Dec. 22, 2013, in Manhattan at age 87, according to The New York Times. Wilson was found dead in an inner ...


PASSAGES-Celebration-of-William-Feathers-Garys-life-Jan-19

PASSAGES: Celebration of William 'Feathers' Gary's life Jan. 19 - UPDATE: Plans for the celebration of William "Feather" Gary's life have been changed to Little Jim's Bar, 3501 N. Halsted St., Sunday Jan. 19th. Doors opening at 12 noon. Pizza at 5 p.m. Entertainment is planned for 3 p.m. The original plan was for Saturday, Jan. 18, at Driftwood on Montrose Ave. Gary tended bar for many years, notably at ...


PASSAGES-Father-Robert-Nugent-co-founder-New-Ways-Ministry

PASSAGES Father Robert Nugent, co-founder New Ways Ministry - New Ways Ministry press release - MOUNT RAINIER, Maryland—With confidence in the promise of the Resurrection, but also with hearts heavy with sorrow, New Ways Ministry reports the passing into eternal life of our co-founder, Father Robert Nugent, SDS. Fr. Nugent's three-month battle with lung cancer ended on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 2:10 pm, Central Time, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Present at his side at the ...


Looking-back-Local-passages-in-2013

Looking back: Local passages in 2013 - —Prince Edwards, a popular young gay dancer who was active in National Youth Pride Services ( NYPS ), died Jan. 16 after an illness. He was 25. The Chicago native was well known for his dance talents, performing at more than 100 events throughout the city. —Bobby Glaze passed away suddenly on Jan. 8. He was 58. He was a ...


PASSAGES-Chester-Holowicki

PASSAGES Chester Holowicki - Chester Holowicki, a beloved part of Chicago's LGBT nightlife community, DJ, and artist, passed away on Dec. 11 following a prolonged battle with ocular melanoma. He was 39. Known to many as "DJ Chester," Holowicki was a resident DJ at Berlin Nightclub since 2000, and was a popular fixture at many other venues, including Spin Nightclub and Cocktail, during his ...


PASSAGES-Jim-Gray-dies-at-43

PASSAGES Jim Gray dies at 43 - Jim J. Gray, 43, born in Fairbanks but raised in Wasilla, Alaska; passed away suddenly at his home in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood Dec. 15, 2013. He leaves behind his beloved partner of 16 years William Liberty; his mother Cleo Gray; sisters De Cyril, Carolyn Carlson and Lenny Gray; brothers Joe ( Shari ), Don ( Teresa ), and Steven Gray; ...


PASSAGES-Hal-Brun

PASSAGES Hal Brun - Hal Brun recently passed away at 66. He was the lifetime partner for 30 years of Jeff Ginsberg ( Columbia College Chicago ); son of the late Harold and Eleanor ( Fortmiller ) Brun; and fond brother of Barbara Brun and David ( Trina ) Brun, according to the Chicago Tribune. Brun received his masters degree from the University of ...


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PASSAGES 2013: Deaths in national news - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - —Aaron Swartz: The Internet activist, hacker, author and programer who created the web-feed format RSS committed suicide at age 26. Swartz, who battled depression, had both male and female lovers; he refused to label himself as bisexual or gay. —Michael Triplett: The president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association ( NLGJA ) died Jan. 17 after battling cancer. ...


PASSAGES-Ann-Muller

PASSAGES Ann Muller - Ann Muller—a resident of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who once lived in Chicago—died Dec. 4. She was 78. Mrs. Muller, a native of Michigan, was a Chicago writer, activist, and volunteer. Her book, Parents Matter, Parents' Relationships with Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons, was published in 1987, and she wrote a syndicated column about her family for gay newspapers from 1986 ...


PASSAGES-Robert-A-Vade-Bon-Coeur

PASSAGES Robert A. Vade Bon Coeur - Robert A. Vade Bon Coeur passed away Dec. 6, at his residence in Crete, Ill. He was 77. A Catholic priest who was ordained in 1963, he was born Dec. 30, 1935, in Papineau, Iroquois County, Ill., to Arthur and Evidelle Stahl Vade Bon Coeur. Surviving are his partner, Roy Olson; one brother, Dwayne ( Jane ) Van Bon Coeur; ...


PASSAGES-Son-of-local-activist-Marc-Loveless-dies

PASSAGES Son of local activist Marc Loveless dies - Nathan Alexander Thaddeus Loveless—the son of local LGBT-rights activist Marc Loveless—has died at age 23. In an email, Marc Loveless stated, "Officials have said that he was killed, others have said is was an accident. I tend to believe it was God's well and God's plan. "If a car or an accident had the power to take his life he ...


PASSAGES-Terry-L-Baker

PASSAGES Terry L. Baker - Terry L. Baker—a resident of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who once lived in Chicago—passed away Nov. 11. He was 69. On Oct. 28, Baker was admitted to the intensive care unit at Ft. Lauderdale's Holy Cross Hospital with acute kidney failure and respiratory distress. Baker was born and raised in Milwaukee, and lived as an adult in Chicago until 1991, when ...


PASSAGES-Wally-Dwyer

PASSAGES Wally Dwyer - A Wake and Funeral Services were held November 24 and 25 in honor of Wally Dwyer, following his passing Nov. 19 after a critical episode in his long-term illness, which he had been surviving and dealing with fairly well. His immediate family includes his mother Joan, his brother Nick and wife Liz, and his sister Anne and husband Bob. He ...


PASSAGES-William-Feathers-Gary

PASSAGES William 'Feathers' Gary - Longtime Chicago bartender William Gary passed away. Known to friends and patrons as "Feathers," Gary was 74. As of this story's deadline, the details of Gary's passing are still unknown. James Henritze, a friend of Gary, told Windy City Times he had recently been in the hospital for bypass heart surgery, and suffered from liver problems. Gary tended bar for ...


PASSAGES-Brenda-Williams-an-Artemis-Singers-founding-member

PASSAGES Brenda Williams, an Artemis Singers founding member - Brenda Ellen Marie Williams, 72, one of the founding mothers of Artemis Singers and early supporter of Mountain Moving Coffeehouse, died at home Oct. 11, 2013. She had many "lives": she was a nun for 16 years who got her Ph.D. in chemistry, and taught school in Baltimore for four of those years. She was an advanced tech who worked ...


Tom-Ridge-talks-with-Log-Cabins-journalist-Doug-Ireland-dies

Tom Ridge talks with Log Cabins; journalist Doug Ireland dies - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Speaking to the LGBT group Log Cabin Republicans, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge—also the first homeland security secretary—said he plans to urge the GOP to become more inclusive, among other things, according to BuzzFeed.com. "I truly believe Americans are more conservative than liberal, but ... they are far more practical than ideological and I know, particularly among young people, they ...


PASSAGES-Cathie-Kopecky

PASSAGES Cathie Kopecky - Cathie Ellen Kopecky—a prominent figure in the 1980s LGBT scene in Chicago—died Oct. 12. She was 56. Kopecky was many things, including a businesswoman and activist. She was a founding board member of Horizons, which later became the Center on Halsted. Kopecky also frequently taught business classes at the Women's Business Development Center. She left Chicago 17 years ago, and ...


PASSAGES-Paul-Joseph-Wickliff

PASSAGES Paul Joseph Wickliff - Paul Joseph Wickliff, a CPA who had a passion for pit bulls, died unexpectedly Oct. 23. He was 51. Preliminary findings are that he suffered a stroke in his sleep and did not wake up from it, said Joe Wickliff, 49, his brother. Wickliff was a CPA who owned Wickliff & Associates in Chicago, and lived in the Ravenswood neighborhood. ...


PASSAGES-Bruce-Howard-Catt-48

PASSAGES Bruce Howard Catt, 48 - From a Cremation Society of Illinois press release - Bruce Howard Catt, 48, passed away unexpectedly at home Oct. 9, 2013. After earning bachelor's degrees in both Computer Science and Chemistry from Towson State University, Brucie went on to enjoy a long career as a Client Representative for Owens and Minor Medical Supply. He was a dedicated NOH8 campaign activist and longtime member of Lincoln Park Lagooners. Beloved husband ...


PASSAGES-Jeff-Netz-

PASSAGES Jeff Netz - Jeff Netz, of Naperville, passed away Sept. 25. He was 52. Visitation was held at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home ( 5015 Lincoln St., Lisle, Ill. ) on Sunday, Sept. 29. Jeff was an assistant manager/chef at Catering by Knight in Oak Brook. He is survived by his parents, William and Shirley Netz of Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers, Rob ( Amy ) ...


Gay-comedian-Scott-Kennedy-dies-at-49

Gay comedian Scott Kennedy dies at 49 - Openly gay comedian Scott Kennedy suddenly passed away at age 49 on March 14. According to Laughspin.com, the New Mexico-born and Texas-raised comic was perhaps best known by his more than 50 trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain U.S. troops as well as by his friendly demeanor both on and off stage. Usually wearing a football jersey and cap, ...


PASSAGES-Josephine-DAngelo

PASSAGES Josephine D'Angelo - Josephine D'Angelo—one of the 60 original players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League—died Aug. 18 at Resurrection Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Park Ridge, according to the Park Ridge Sun-Times. She was 88. She played in 1943 and 1944 for the South Bend Blue Sox, where she played with Dorothy Schroeder, said to be an inspiration for the Dottie ...


Longtime-activist-Jose-Julio-Sarria-dies-

Longtime activist Jose Julio Sarria dies - August 19, 2013 - One of America's gay rights pioneering leaders, Jose Julio Sarria, passed away this morning quietly in his home in New Mexico. He was 91. Funeral and Memorial Service arrangements will be announced by the Imperial Court of San Francisco. Mr. Sarria was a proud World War II veteran and the very first openly gay candidate to ...


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Jim Bussen memorial service held - A memorial service was held for longtime Chicago activist Jim Bussen Aug. 10. DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke spoke about his life, and friends told stories about his contributions to Catholic and LGBT activism. Jim's sisters came from out of town to attend the service. The memorial was held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Andersonville. Presiders were Rev. Barbara Zeman ...


Bussen-celebration-of-life-Aug-10

Bussen celebration of life Aug. 10 - The Dignity/Chicago celebration of life for Jim Bussen will be Saturday, Aug. 10, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the celebration. Bussen, 63, died July 6 in Glen Carbon, Ill., after a long battle with cancer. He died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. Bussen was inducted into Chicago's Gay ...


PASSAGES-Michael-William-Lancaster-48

PASSAGES: Michael William Lancaster, 48 - Michael William Lancaster, 48, of Rogers Park; formerly of New Glarus, WI and Downey, CA; passed away peacefully after a long illness. After studying computer science at UCLA, Michael moved on to a more satisfying career as a jewelry specialist at Ultra Jewelry (now Sterling Jewelry). Beloved partner of 17 years to Charles Raymond Hemphill; son of William Mayo Lancaster ...


Bradley-Manning-developments-HIV-AIDS-activist-Freehill-dies

Bradley Manning developments; HIV/AIDS activist Freehill dies - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Col. Denise Lind, the judge in the military trial of out Private First Class Bradley Manning, ruled against a defense motion to dismiss the most serious charge—aiding the enemy—and opted instead to rule on all 21 charges against the former Army intelligence analyst at the trial's conclusion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Lind cited Manning's military-intelligence training, and specifically ...


PASSAGES-Michael-Mikey-Morehead

PASSAGES Michael "Mikey" Morehead - Michael "Mikey" Morehead, who had a passion for musical theatre and worked as a VJ at Sidetrack for about six years, died Tuesday night at a hospice care facility in Glenview, surrounded by his parents, sister and brother-in-law. Morehead was 43 and died from cirrhosis of the liver. Morehead was raised in Northern Virginia and graduated from Chantilly High School ...


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Drugs caused 'Glee' star's death - Cory Monteith, who played Finn on the Fox show Glee, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room July 13 at age 31—and the cause of death involved a fatal mix of heroin and alcohol, according to TheWrap.com. Monteith's body was discovered by staff members at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel after he missed his checkout time. "It should be ...


PASSAGES-Former-CDPH-figure-Michael-Jackson-dies

PASSAGES Former CDPH figure Michael Jackson dies - Michael L. Jackson—a former spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) who later served time after being convicted of manslaughter—died July 12, according to Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory website. Jackson was 45. Jackson was born Oct. 19, 1967, in Galesburg, Ill., to Larry and Pamela McCullough Jackson. He graduated from Bradley University and went on to work ...


PASSAGES-James-A-Bussen-dies

PASSAGES James A. Bussen dies - Memorial update below - Longtime gay activist James "Jim" Bussen, 63, died July 6 in Glen Carbon, Ill., after a long battle with cancer. He died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. Bussen was engaged in gay and religious activism starting in 1973. He had a special flair about him, and a charismatic smile that could disarm even strident opponents. Bussen was inducted ...


PASSAGES-Erland-M-Parnell-73

PASSAGES Erland M. Parnell, 73 - Erland M. Parnell, 73, passed away suddenly at home June 15, 2013. Born in Weiser, Idaho, Erland moved to Chicago where he embarked upon a long and fruitful career training and managing at various Baker's Square restaurants. Erland was very social and active at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lakeview, where he served altar for many years. Erland was preceded ...


Maria-Jacinto-March-18-1959--June-18-2013-

Maria Jacinto, March 18, 1959 - June 18, 2013 - Maria Jacinto, well known in the Chicago lesbian bar community, has died. She leaves behind two sisters, Esther and Emma, and two brothers, Juan Pablo and Alfredo, her lover Caroline as well as many nieces and nephews. She started bar-backing at Augie & C.K.'s then went on to Paris after Augie's, then Star Gaze after Paris. She has touched many ...


PASSAGES-Augies-co-owner-Donna-Pomerance-dies

PASSAGES Augie's co-owner Donna Pomerance dies - Donna Pomerance, 73, passed away peacefully at her home in Lakeside, Mich., June 16. Arrangements have been entrusted with Sommerfeld Chapel of New Buffalo, Mich. Donna was born in Chicago Jan. 5, 1940, the daughter of Estelle and Morris Pomerance. Donna was an entrepreneur and a pioneer of her times. She was a co-owner of Augies bar and a strong ...


HRC-statement-on-Sen-Lautenbergs-death

HRC statement on Sen. Lautenberg's death - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin released the following statement upon learning U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg had passed away: "Senator Lautenberg was a beacon for equality in Congress. He fought for justice with more than simply his vote. He knew bullying in our schools is a scourge, and he stood up to end it. He knew ...


PASSAGES-Vinnie-Arroyo-

PASSAGES Vinnie Arroyo - Vinnie Arroyo, a longtime, multi-sport participant and former board member of the predominantly gay Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), has died after a lengthy illness. He was 41. Arroyo died from an infection in the stomach that he was battling for almost three years, said his longtime partner Roger Serrano. "He fought hard; he had setbacks, but always managed to ...


PASSAGES-Brant-Gniewek-30

PASSAGES Brant Gniewek, 30 - Brant Gniewek, who this year was scheduled to run 52 races of varying distances, including marathons, to help others in the fight against cancer, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 28. He was found by police in his Northside apartment. Gniewek was 30. Final results from an autopsy have not been released, but preliminary testing show the cause of death was ...


Norma-Reyes-dies

Norma Reyes dies - Norma Reyes, who came out as a lesbian during an emotional speech at the 2010 Equality Illinois Justice for All gala, has died. She was 56. No cause of death has been reported. Reyes was deputy chief of staff for Mayor Daley from 2001-2003 and commissioner of business affairs and consumer protection for the city starting in 2004. She retired ...


PASSAGES-Timothy-Callaway

PASSAGES Timothy Callaway - Local drag star Timothy Callaway passed away March 31 from complications of pneumonia. He was 47. As Blondina Del Rey, Timothy amazed audiences at 3160 with his searing rendition of "Why'd Ya Do It" and was a member of the club's dart league for a number of years. Timothy will always be remembered by his many close friends in Chicago. ...


Rudy-de-la-Mor-tribute-April-7

Rudy de la Mor tribute April 7 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A tribute to the late cabaret entertainer Rudy de la Mor will take place Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at 3160, 3160 N. Clark St. Rudy de la Mor, a cabaret entertainer who performed in Chicago for decades before working on boat cruises and in venues in California, died at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, Calif. He ...


The-Bridge-to-Darrow-to-mark-75-years-since-Darrows-death

'The Bridge to Darrow' to mark 75 years since Darrow's death - 'The Bridge to Darrow' to mark 75 years since Darrow's death CHICAGO—On the 75th anniversary of Clarence Darrow's death, this year's annual Darrow commemoration on Wed., March 13, seeks to build a bridge between Darrow's ideals and the social injustices of our own time. This year's program is titled "The Bridge to Darrow" with speakers Tom Geoghegan, Juan Perea and ...


Erica-Andrews-dies

Erica Andrews dies - Former Miss Continental Erica Andrews has died, according to friends and colleagues. She passed away March 11 after a lung-related illness. Andrews was the 2004 Miss Continental titleholder. She had moved from San Antonio, Texas, to Terre Haute, Ind., just under a year ago to be with her significant other. Friends posted loving tributes to Andrews on Facebook. Andrews was ...


PASSAGES-Rex-N-Olsen

PASSAGES Rex N. Olsen - Rex N. Olsen, 87, passed away March 5, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital. After earning degrees in Journalism and History from University of Missouri, Rex went on to enjoy a long career as Managing Editor of "Hospitals", the magazine of the American Hospital Association. Beloved partner of 57 years of Donald E. Seibert. Uncle of many. Preceded in death by ...


Dawn-Clark-Netsch-dies-at-86

Dawn Clark Netsch dies at 86 - Update: Memorial plans - Update: Memorial, Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m. at Northwestern University's Law School—Lake Shore Drive and Chicago Avenue. Dawn Clark Netsch—a former Illinois comptroller and state senator, the first woman to win the Democratic nomination for governor and a longtime LGBT ally—died March 5 at 86, the Chicago Tribune reported. Netsch had disclosed in January that she had been diagnosed with ...


PASSAGES-Rudy-de-la-Mor-passes-away

PASSAGES Rudy de la Mor passes away - Rudy de la Mor, a cabaret entertainer who performed in Chicago for decades before working on boat cruises and in venues in California, died at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, Calif. He was 73, according to friend Craig D. Goldsmith. Word spread of de la Mor's death March 5. de la Mor, a classically trained pianist, entertained the ...


PASSAGES-Jackie-Lane-Smitherman

PASSAGES Jackie Lane Smitherman - Jackie Lane Smitherman—a resident of Lakeview for the past 20 years—passed away suddenly at age 40 due to liver and kidney failure. Many knew lane at Ragin' Raejean's video store that he managed for several years. He also worked at He Who Eats Mud on Broadway and recently at Windy City Sweets. He loved his last job very much—candy, kids ...


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Passages: Michael "Makayla" Gwinn, transgender youth - Makayla/ Michael Gwinn, a young transgender person whose life work was in mentoring fellow LGBTQ youth among other things died Feb. 16. Gwinn was 23. An active performer, makeup artist and LGBTQ youth advocate, Gwinn loved life and worked to give back to Chicago's LGBT community, said friends. Gwinn, who identified as transgender, used the names Michael, Mikayla and Jaiden ...


PASSAGES-Former-US-Surgeon-General-Koop-dies

PASSAGES Former U.S. Surgeon General Koop dies - 1980s-era U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, 96, who was one of the few voices of reason during the start of the AIDS epidemic, died Feb. 25. Koop, a pediatric surgeon by training, was appointed to his national post by President Reagan in November 1981 and served until October 1989. In the 2009 book Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Responses ...


PASSAGES-Former-US-Rep-Collins-dies

PASSAGES Former U.S. Rep. Collins dies - Former U.S. Rep. Cardiss Collins—the first African-American woman to represent Illinois in Congress—died of natural causes at age 81 on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Washington, D.C., according to the Chicago Tribune. She served in Congress during 1973-97. She focused on women's health and welfare issues, universal health insurance, gender equality in college athletics and Medicare coverage of mammograms. ...


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PASSAGES Charles "Chuck" Lee Windemuth dead at 54 - Charles "Chuck" Lee Windemuth, a fixture in Chicago's leather community since the late-1980s, died Thursday morning, Feb. 7, at the home of his parents in Cumberland, Md., after a battle with liver cancer, with his family by his side. He was 54 and lived in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. "I remember the day so vividly last March that he told me ...


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Bullied teen dies in Oregon - In Oregon, gay teenager Jadin Bell died after a suicide attempt that took place in the schoolyard of an elementary school, RawStory.com reported. Bell hung himself Jan. 19, but was taken off life support Jan. 29. Family and friends said the boy was the target of vicious bullying, both at school and online. Bell had reportedly begged his parents for ...


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The Andrews Sisters: An Appreciation - by H. Arlo Nimmo - Patty Andrews, the last of the legendary Andrews Sisters, died Jan. 30 at age 94. Long before her death, she and her sisters Maxene and LaVerne were securely ensconced in Americana, their tight harmonies among the most recognizable musical sounds of the 20th Century. Their career began in the waning years of vaudeville, zenithed during the Golden Age of Hollywood ...


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Former NYC Mayor Koch dies - Ed Koch—the former New York City mayor who used the catchphrase "How am I doin'?"—died of congestive heart failure Feb. 1 at 88. Koch, who was an attorney before he was involved in politics, was a U.S. congressman from 1968 until he ran for mayor of the city in 1977. He served three terms until David Dinkins defeated him in ...


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PASSAGES Co-founder Uppity Blues Women Ann Rabson dead at 67 - From a news release - Blues pianist/singer/songwriter/guitarist Ann Rabson died on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 in Fredericksburg, Virginia after a long battle with cancer. She was 67. Co-founder of the hugely successful trio Saffire—The Uppity Blues Women, Rabson was a legendary force on the keyboards as well as being a deeply soulful vocalist. She recorded eight albums with Saffire and one solo CD for Alligator ...


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PASSAGES Chicago memorial service set for Gary Skala - As published in Windy City Times issue of Nov. 8, 2012, Gary Skala passed away unexpectedly at his late parents' home on Long Island, and the family held his funeral there Dec. 1. A Chicago Memorial Service is being planned by friends. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 2 p.m., at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3303 N. ...


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PASSAGES: PFLAG's John Larson dies - John Victor Larson, 73, of North Versailles, Penn., formerly of Plainfield, Ill., died, January 24 at Redstone Highlands Skilled Nursing Facility in Greensburg, Penn. Larson was a vital force in PFLAG activities in Illinois, including PFLAG's support of the Gay Games VII in 2006 and its efforts to have rowing in Crystal Lake. He was born May 5, 1939 in ...







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