Christopher Kosciuk

Christopher J. Kosciuk

April 30, 1950 - November 20, 2019
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Our beloved son and brother, Christopher James Kosciuk, 69, passed away at his home in Bellevue, Kentucky, Nov. 20, 2019.
Chris was born in Detroit April 30, 1950, to Chester T. and Lillian (Mitrus) Kosciuk.
He attended Christ the King School in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Eastmoor High School in 1968. He attended Kalamazoo College on a track scholarship, graduating in 1972. While at Kalamazoo, Chris traveled to India and Ireland to write his senior paper on the works of James Joyce. He also spent a summer crewing on a brigantine sailing ship in the Caribbean.
He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane University with the Class of 1977 and began practicing law with the firm Normann & Normann, specializing in maritime law. He practiced in New Orleans and later Texas.
Always an adventurer, Chris had a pilot’s license and pursued the mastery of aerobatic flying, performing snap and barrel rolls and all the major “stunts.” He sailed yachts large and small and made voyages from the Mississippi Gulf coast to Jamaica, Cuba and the Yucatan. He competed in both road bike and rowing events. He kayaked with his brother on the Upper Mississippi River and the Licking River. Chris was also an excellent archer and marksman.
Chris was an ardent conversationalist and could talk to virtually anyone about anything. He was well known for his Southern-style charm.
Chris suffered a life-threatening traumatic brain injury in 2007 after being hit by a bus while riding his road bike. Although he nearly died, he came out of a coma and, after many months of rehabilitation to regain his physical strength, linguistic and cognitive skills, he was able to live independently, and thrive, another 12 years.
Chris’ story is one of nearly miraculous recovery - which is perhaps his greatest success, of so many. He returned to his life, though forever changed, and with courage and determination Chris conquered great adversity and took much pleasure in his extensive hobbies, collections, books, music and museums until his passing.
He bought an older home near the Ohio River and renovated and decorated it to make it his own. As with everything Chris did, he did it with talent, passion and brilliance.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chester T. “Chet” Kosciuk.
He is survived by and will be ever held close in the hearts of his dear mother, Lillian McCartan, of Cincinnati; siblings, Barbara (Ron) Herr of Columbus, Steven Kosciuk (Betty Kaiser) of Madison, WI., and Carol (Jim) Marino of Kalispell, MT; niece Talia Marino (Oswaldo Najarro) of Sherman Oaks, CA., and nephew Luke Marino of Kalispell.
Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., in Cincinnati. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m., with a luncheon afterward.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
    7820 Beechmont Ave.
    Cincinnati, OH 45255
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 10:30am
    Immaculate Heart of Mary Church


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Carol Marino

Posted at 03:23pm
Chris lived an exceptionally adventurous, full life. He utilized his high level of
intelligence throughout it, in every interest he pursued. His insatiable thirst to
learn never waned, even after his TBI. Chris worked as a very successful attorney
in Maritime Law for many years in New Orleans, representing various ocean
transport companies, dealing with very complex, high dollar cases. And among
many other applications of his profession, for instance, he negotiated corporate
sales of General Electric jet engines to AirBus, the commercial jet manufacturer,
repeatedly travelling back and forth to Europe to do so.
Conversations with Christopher were sure to enlighten, on myriad subjects, from
the hows and whys of corporate structuring to how jet engines work, to sailing
techniques, to what makes airplanes fly, to historic design changes in military
firearms over the years. He was a History buff, a movie buff, a cyclist, a runner, a
rower, a marksman, an archer. He studied how analog watches and grand father
clocks are built, how locks are built. He studied politics, weather, climate trends,
knives… and the list goes on and on and on.
He could tell you plenty about all of these things and more, he was truly
incredible. And, he was always interested in what you had to offer on subjects
outside of his current interests… Always the inquisitive mind. God Bless Him. We
love you Buddy. — Jim Marino, brother-in-law

Andrea Wemette

Posted at 11:01pm
Dear Aunt Lillian, Barbara & Ron, Steven & Betty, Carol & Jim, Luke, Talia & Oswaldo,
May Chris rest with the saints. Memory Eternal.
May each of you be comforted through the grace and compassion and love of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
You are ever in our hearts and prayers.
With love,
Richard and Andrea

Natalie Blasco

Posted at 08:47pm
With love and hugs from Natalie.
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Diane Darvey

Posted at 05:29pm
May God keep you by His side. Rest In Peace. Diane Darvey
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