June 17, 1949 – August 27, 1998
Detroit native Alvine Eugene Bell performed as Elaine St. Jacques at such venues as Bookie’s, My Fair Lady, and the Other Side, winning the titles of Miss Iron Hinge in 1974, Miss Todd’s in 1981, and Miss Michigan in 1982, as well as the first Miss Gigi’s crown in 1975. Bell held an administrative position with the HIV/AID service organization Project Survivor. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 49.
No known obituary
June 26, 1939 – July 3, 1998
Police arrested 20-year-old Muskegon native John Leon Allen in January 1960 in a crackdown on homosexual activity at the University of Michigan. He was permitted to graduate, doing so with honors. He went on to earn his library science degree at the University in 1964 and his Ph.D. in 1974. Allen later served as longtime columnist for the Muskegon Chronicle, coming out to his readers in the early 1990s.
Muskegon Chronicle, July 4, 1998
September 19, 1938 – September 10, 1998
Walter Leroy Brown of Erie, formerly of Southgate, grew up in Ohio and as an employee of National Amusement later worked as a manager of cinemas in Ann Arbor and Detroit. In the mid-1960s, he served as “mother of the bride” for a same-sex wedding held at the Park Lane Apartments across from the Diplomat Lounge in Detroit. Brown died during heart surgery at age 59.
Monroe Evening News, September 12, 1998
July 23, 1927 – March 5, 1998
Originally from Illinois, Frank Lloyd Bigger Jr. worked as manager and bartender at Joe Covello’s in Lansing from 1975 to 1991. He went on to manage JB’s Saloon for three years before helping launch the Esquire Bar in 1994. The Lansing Association for Human Rights recognized Bigger with a Prism Award in 1995. Following his death in a car accident, an annual euchre charity event was named in his honor.
Between The Lines, April 16, 1998
December 10, 1966 – May 30, 1998
Flint resident Shannon Daniel Holihan attended Grand Blanc High School, was employed as a computer programmer for the Kmart corporation in Troy, and cared for his mother. Holihan was murdered at age 31 after leaving the parking lot of the State Bar, his body found bludgeoned in the head behind a nearby restaurant.
Between The Lines, June 11, 1998
October 2, 1956 – June 6, 1998
Timothy John Warady was born in Detroit and attended Lincoln Park High School. Diagnosed as HIV+ in the late 1980s, Warady became a tireless AIDS activist, volunteering and working with Friends Alliance, the NAMES Project, Wellness House, and other groups. He and his partner Robert Whitney shared a home in Lincoln Park. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.
Between The Lines, June 25, 1998
April 1, 1970 – January 2, 1998
Falmouth resident James Douglas Minterfering graduated from Mt. Morris High School, where he performed in the marching band. He was employed for many years with Perry Drug Store in Flint. Minterfering also performed in local dinner theater. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.
Flint Journal, January 4, 1998
October 26, 1967 – July 17, 1998
Born in Flint, Curt Flood Tramble attended the Flint Public Schools and graduated from the Detroit College of Business. He served as a case administrator with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, retiring in 1996. Tramble later worked as a gas station manager and as a hotel desk clerk. He died from AIDS-related complications at age 30.
Flint Journal, July 23, 1998
January 20, 1921 – April 16, 1998
Irma Wolf grew up in Mount Clemens and worked as a stenographer and sales clerk during World War II. After the war, she moved to Los Angeles where, in the 1950s, she served as editor of ONE magazine under the name Ann Carll Reid.
The Women of ONE
October 4, 1957 – January 24, 1998
Ellen Bommarito, an English instructor at the University of Michigan-Flint, served as the founding director in 1989 of the campus Lesbian Gay Bisexual Center.
Between The Lines, February 5, 1998