Marie Kuda, 76, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Oct. 1 from heart failure.
She became known as the unofficial historian of Chicago’s LGBT community, according to her Oct. 4 obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1991, she was inducted into the first class of Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Much of her archive, according to the Sun-Times, ended up in Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute for human sexuality.
Marie Kuda is survived by her companion, Marilyn Blackman, and her friend and former partner, Shirley Rissmann.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Touche, a bar located at 6412 N. Clark.