Adrien ( "A" ) Iris Pikovsky was born Oct. 14, 1942, to Lee and Barney Pikovsky. Growing up on Chicago's West Side, she suffered from myriad health issues from the time she was a young child. Although these health issues and others plagued her throughout adulthood, she maintained a sunny disposition, a remarkable sense of humor, and a love of laughter ( hers was infectious ).
A devoted lab tech and phlebotomist by profession, Adrien was a talented amateur photographer who also loved music, movies, jewelry, and the joy of the hunt at yard sales.
An out and proud lesbian, she believed it was important that everyone feel loved and cherished for who they are and, until the very end of her life, she often was a confidant and a source of inspiration for young gay people. In her last years, she resided at Wesley Place, a facility on Chicago's North Side, where she received the constant care she needed. Even there, Adrien's big heart and generous spirit touched the people she met, and she was much appreciated by both staff and other residents.
Pre-deceased by her parents and sister Sandra, Adrien died on January 29, 2018. She is survived by her beloved partner Joan ( and Joan's kids and grand-kids ), her niece Nicky, several cousins, and many friends, including former partners.
A celebration of Adrien's life will take place in spring or summer of 2018.