REPUBLIC, MI. - Andrew E. Koski, age 95, lifelong Republic area resident passed away at 8:50am on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette where he had resided the past 5 years.
Andrew was born August 10, 1918 in Humboldt Twp. the son of the late Andrew Koski and Alina (Mackey) Koski-Hintsala. He grew up in the Republic area and served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Andrew served with the 34th Infantry Division in the Northern Appennines and Po Valley and received the Bronze Star, combat infantryman badge, Victory Medal, the European-African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Battle Stars, 2 overseas service bars, the good conduct medal, and the national defense medal.
Following his discharge from the service he returned to Republic. He worked for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. as a plant repairman at the Republic Mine for many years, retiring in 1980.
Andrew was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church of Republic, and the Republic VFW, Grant-Nyman Post. He enjoyed tinkering with things, be it working on his vehicles, or taking on a new woodworking project. Andrew truly loved his family, and treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren who affectionately referred to him as Papa.
Survivors include a daughter Andrea (Stan) Smith of Kingsford; a son Paul "Josh" (Karen) Koski of Ishpeming; 2 daughters-in-law Hannah Koski-Wixtrom of Ishpeming; and Kathi Koski of Cedar Falls, IA; a sister Irene Nykanen of Negaunee; a brother Waino Hintsala of AL; 9 grandchildren Ronald Koski, Candice (Joe) Schoenherr, Curtis (Chris) Koski, Todd Koski, Tammy (Keith) Millimaki, Frederick (Kimberly) Koski, Nikki (Jason) Hull, Tania (Randy) Harsila, Heather Koski; 18 great grandchildren Katrina, Andrew (Bethannie), Anita Schoenherr, Laura, Nick, Molly, Daniel, Irene, Brad, Tyler and Lexie Koski, Tyrus and Hannah Millimaki, Mack, Chloe and Isabelle Hull, Tristen and Bryce Harsila; 2 great great grandchildren Lyndsay and Maddelynn; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife Aili (Saari) Koski in 2000; 2 sons Ronald Koski in 1993; and Wayne Koski in 2010; great grandson Jacob Hull in 2002; sisters Martha Potila and Gertrude Liubakka; and brothers Lauri, Art, John, Arne, Paul and Vernon Hintsala.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 12:00noon until 2:00pm on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Republic. Funeral services will follow at 2:00pm with the Rev. Kevin Kaiser to officiate, with veterans honors to be accorded by the Republic VFW. Interment will take place in the Republic Cemetery in the spring. Pallbearers will be Andrew's grandsons.
Andrew's family would like to thank the staff at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans for the wonderful care they have provided to Andrew these past 5 years.
Memorials may be directed to the Bethany Lutheran Church of Republic or the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Andrew's memory.
Andrew's obituary may also be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.