February 12, 2014 | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Steve Kiosk dies at 51

Stephen R. Kiosk died unexpectedly on Jan. 31 according to his former partner Peter Lane. He was 52.

Cause of death had not been determined for the former Chicago resident, formerly of Takoma Park, Md., Lane said.

Kiosk was born June 16, 1962 in Zion, Ill.

He provided many years of service to those affected by HIV/AIDS in the Washington area. In the early 1990s, he was resident manager of the McKinney House for women and children, and was later associate director of HIV Testing and Counseling at Whitman-Walker Health.

Kiosk also served as associate director of Miriam’s House (now N Street Village) for two years. He enjoyed singing and performed with the Washington Opera chorus in five operas.

In response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Kiosk and a friend organized a concert; he also used his singing to support fundraising efforts for local nonprofit organizations.

He is survived by his loving friend and former partner of 18 years, Peter Lane; many friends throughout the Washington area; family members in Wisconsin and Illinois; and his special canine Lucy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved cat, Tippi. A memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. March 1 at St. Peter Church (557 Lake St. Antioch, Ill.). A local memorial gathering is being planned.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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