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Victor Kotso

April 28, 1927 December 23, 2019
Victor Kotso
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Victor Kotso, 92, a former Hammond and Merrillville, IN resident, passed away peacefully at his home in Denver, CO on December 23, 2019. Born on April 28, 1927 he was the son of the late John Kotso and Mary (nee Kalynsky) Kotso, Hammond, IN. Victor was preceded in death by one grandson, Corey Abraham (1991); one brother, Paul Kotso (1934); sisters Agnes Peters, Irene Wallar, Marge Krajewski, and Rosemarie Smith; brother-in-laws Elmer Peters and Robert Krajewski; and sister-in-law Alice Kotso.

Victor graduated from Hammond High School in 1945. He served in the Army of the United States, World War II. After serving in the war, he attended Purdue University. On June 10, 1951, he received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Purdue University. He worked his professional life as a pharmacist. After retiring from Walgreens he became a Walgreens Alumni Association member.

Victor is survived by his three children, daughter Julia Kotso (Mark) Walker of Denver, CO; son Brian (Roberta) Kotso of Yuma, AZ; and daughter Marianne Kotso Abraham, McKinney, TX; four grandchildren, Mandy (James) Bell of Broomfield, CO; Kyle Abraham, West Hartford, CT; Jason Abraham, Athens, GA; Allison Abraham, McKinney, TX; two great-grandchildren, Henry Thomas and Spencer Irene Bell, Broomfield, CO; brothers, Joseph Kotso, Munster, IN, and Robert Kotso, Hammond, IN; a sister, Eleanor Kotso, Los Angeles, CA; brother-in-law Edward “Bucky” Smith, Naperville, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

In retirement Victor enjoyed traveling. A favorite trip was a heritage trip to Slovakia with his three children and granddaughter. It provided the opportunity to meet and spend time with relatives from the “old country”. The trip became his dream after two prior Slovakia trips with his sisters.

Victor loved to make people laugh. His favorite pastimes were ballroom dancing, learning magic tricks and spending time with family. His dry sense of humor, ability to laugh at himself and beautiful blue eyes will be missed by those who knew him well.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 17 at the Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Avenue, Munster, IN from 5 to 8 pm. Father Steve will lead the Parastas from 7 to 7:30 pm. Divine liturgy will be celebrated by Father Steve at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church on Saturday, January 18 at 10 am followed by burial at Saint Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Hammond, IN.

The family requests any memorial contributions be made in Victor’s name to support the Organization for Autism Research (OAR),; or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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5:00 PM 1/17/2020 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/17/2020 8:00:00 PM
Munster Location

8415 Calumet Avenue
Munster, IN 46321

Munster Location
8415 Calumet Avenue Munster 46321 IN
United States





10:00 AM 1/18/2020 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1/18/2020 11:00:00 AM
St Nicholas Byzantine

8103 Columbia Ave.
Munster, Indiana 46321

St Nicholas Byzantine
8103 Columbia Ave. Munster 46321 Indiana
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Nicholas Cemetery Final Resting Place

6722 Northcote
Hammond, IN 46324

6722 Northcote Hammond 46324 IN
United States

Memorial Contribution

Organization for Autism Research


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