May 16, 1935 – February 5, 2020
Kurt Hans Miska, of Ann Arbor, passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2020 after a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 84 years old. Born May 16, 1935 in Mineola, New York, he was the son of German immigrants Hans Oscar and Eva Elizabeth (Bertsch) Miska. At two months of age, with the heightened tension between Germany and the rest of the world, it was hard to find work in the United States, so the family moved from New York back to Germany. Kurt lived his early years outside of Berlin attending school and speaking German as his main language. Kurt was able to return to the US in 1947 and resided with foster parents until his parents were able to return in 1950. He was a man of many hobbies and interests, he was a model train enthusiast, photographer, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and amateur radio. He was a car enthusiast. He enjoyed his Ferrari and even wrote a book about them that can be bought on Amazon still today. In addition, he wrote countless articles for train and car magazines and was editor of the ETE Express. He loved to read, especially books about physics, space and aerospace. He and his wife enjoyed to travel. Kurt worked as a technical writer for Penton IPE as well as Climax Molybdenum. He was a member of St. Mary’s Student Parish. Kurt is survived by his wife Paula (Tuohy) Miska of Ann Arbor; son Paul Miska and his wife Kathleen of Novi; daughter Evelyn Krieger and her husband Jonathan of Ypsilanti; one brother Herbert Miska and his wife Donna of Orchard Park, NY and grandsons, Owen and James Miska and Nicklas Krieger.
- Visitation Tuesday, February 11, 2020
- Visitation Wednesday, February 12, 2020
- Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, February 12, 2020
- Burial Wednesday, February 12, 2020
February 13, 2020
Hello Miska Family,
Accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of a dear Father, Husband, Brother, Uncle, and friend. The fond memories I have of Kurt span back to the late 1990s. When I received a phone call from him about starting the ETEGL Michigan chapter. That was the beginning of a great friendship that has revolved around our love of trains and people. I am sorry that I could not attend the services for him for I as well had funeral services for my mother. She passed the same day a Kurt. Again my deepest sympathies to you Paula and your family.
Kurt shall always hold a special place in many people's lives.
Adrian Wegener and Family
February 9, 2020
I fondly remember visiting my Uncle Kurt when I was a little girl. He had the coolest old cars and train set, which was, for me, one of the Long Island trip highlights.
Kurt was a kind and smart man. The story of the trip he took across the ocean without his brother or parents when he was only 12, is really an incredible tale. Wow. What a journey for a little boy to take- How brave he had to be.
He is at peace now and no longer struggling. God bless you Uncle Kurt.