Andrew Curosh, 57, of Portage, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Northwest Health Porter, Valparaiso. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Julie (nee Smith): loving father of Eric Curosh and Elizabeth (Jon) Lovasko; adoring grandpa to three granddaughters, Ellie, Emma and Maddie; dearest brother of Jane Laurincik, Joan (Leo) Jacko, Susan (Tom) Adam, Linda Gajewski, George “Butch” (Linda), John (Eileen) and Paul (Mary Jo); proud uncle of many nieces and nephews; dear son-in-law of Elizabeth (late Charlie) Smith; many cherished cousins and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Charlie W. Smith.
A private family funeral service will be held at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th Street, Whiting on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 3:00pm with the Rev. Kevin M. Scalf, C.PP.S., officiating and will be live-streamed at https://evt.live/baranfuneralhome/andrew-curosh. Visitation will be open to family and friends on Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00pm. Interment will take place on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the Charlie Smith (Old Middleton) Cemetery, Smith, Kentucky. (Due to the current health situation a limitation of 50 people will be allowed in the funeral home at one time, face masks must be worn, social distancing is expected and temperatures will be taken.) Expressions of sympathy may be placed on-line at www.baranfh.com.
Andrew Curosh was born on December 31, 1963 to George and Jane (Jancosek) Curosh and was a lifelong resident of the Calumet Region. He was a graduate Whiting High School, Class of 1982 where he played on the Indiana Sectional Basketball Championship Team in 1981 and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was an employee of the US Steel Company with a service of 22 years. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Assoc., BR. 81. Andrew loved nature and had visited many National and State Parks and was a National Park Volunteer. Andrew was about experiences in life and did and had seen more than most He had visited 39 states, 2 countries and loved taking a back road especially to Abraham Lincoln historical sites. After years, he and Julie completed the goal of their list in July, they had hiked several miles on the Appalachian Trail. He loved all sports and was an avid Chicago White Sox and Bears fan growing up watching games with his dad and brothers. He loved growing up in a huge Slovak family in Whiting and would often tell stories of growing up with 4 older sisters and 3 older brothers. Even though he was the baby, he quickly grew to be the tallest at 6’5”. He was the last to text back but he loved their years long group chats. He was so proud to be Eric and Elizabeth’s dad and his greatest role in life was being Gramps to Ellie, Emma, and Maddie. He always had suckers and candy in his pockets for them. Andrew’s wife, Julie, will forever miss their hikes and seeing the world. She knows after 28 1/2 years of listening to her nonstop he may need a break. He better enjoy the quiet time until they meet again! We know Andrew is with his beloved mom and dad but he will forever be missed. In lieu of flowers, memorials to National Park System, would be appreciated.
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