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Thomas Kurella

February 12, 1950 - April 24, 2023


Obituary For Thomas Kurella

Thomas Kurella, age 73, of Hammond, IN., set off on his journey into the great beyond on April 24, 2023.

His departure leaves behind one granddaughter, Reyna Kurella; four sisters: Margaret Kurella Tierney, Linda Kurella (Lawrence) Okamura, Diane Kurella (late Anthony) Slusarczyk, Laura Kurella (Richard) Taylor; one daughter-in-law, Debra Kurella; and numerous nieces and nephews. Thomas also leaves behind two biological daughters: Mary Ellen Garrett and Kayleigh Gulledge Mitchell, and their extended families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved son, Albert II; and two sisters: Jeanne Kurella Gazafy (Donald) Pasternak, and Nancy Kurella (Stephen) Gormley.

Thomas was the only son of the late Albert and Florence Kurella, which bestowed upon him the honor of being both the eldest and only brother to six younger sisters. This became the catalyst that caused him to coin an expression his sisters will never forget, "Mother, the girls are laughing at me!"

A 1968 graduate of George Rogers Clark, where he excelled in gymnastics, Thomas also studied at DeVry and Indiana University, and thoroughly enjoyed being a lifelong resident of the incredible Calumet Region, spending only a brief time away to explore the Washington D.C. area during his college-age years.

In his early twenties, Thomas experienced the joy of being united in marriage to Cynthia Moulesong, a union that welcomed one child, Albert II, to the earth.

Gainfully employed in the Indiana Harbor, Thomas spent his adult years working as a craftsman at Youngstown (later becoming LTV), and his leisure time enjoying his family and indulging in his lifelong passion for music.

An avid guitarist, Thomas spent every moment he could spare on perfecting his musical stylings, and often shared it with others by appearing in bands, some of which he helped form. In his youth, he and his friends formed The Vanguards, and as an adult he was instrumental in helping form the bands Brass Tack and Apple Alice.

As he aged, Thomas found joy in simply jamming in his basement with friends, a space that served a dual purpose in his life as both jam space and instrument workshop. There he'd spend countless hours bouncing from musician to luthier; playing or conditioning and repairing instruments that people would bring him, both stringed or otherwise.

Throughout his life, Thomas was always able to find himself through his music, which is why he was so tickled to discover that his only grandchild, Reyna, not only shared his same overpowering passion for music, but also shared his deep and abiding love for guitar. This kindred musical connection forged a magical melodic bond between them that made him especially proud of her, and her own musical accomplishments.

In the last decades of his life, the almighty universe connected Thomas to two biological daughters, Mary Ellen and Kayleigh. Fortunate to be gifted with the last decades of his life to create unique and unexpected relationships, he described it as one of the most “mind blowing” experiences to occur in his life.

In his final years, Thomas’ sisters Jeanne, Margie and Diane cared for him, and longtime friend, Paul MacGregor, and Dennis Bock, often with assistance from Dave Michaels, helped to supply extra helping hands.

In accordance with Thomas’ wishes, cremation has taken place. Those wishing to honor his memory are asked not to send flowers or donations, but rather donate to their own favorite charity in his name.

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  • 05/12/2023

    So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I knew Tom in high school and I worked next to him in the Electric Shop at LTV from 1973 until I retired in 2000. When we worked together we were next to each other we even shared the same workbench together. We had a good time at work. Tom was a truly nice person and a good friend. RIP buddy and God Bless.

  • 05/10/2023

    I have years of great memories with Tom. Out of all the bands I was with over the years, Tom was the best guitar player of all of them. All the years of practicing in his basement and all the clubs we played in the Calumet Region. Thanks to Tom and "Brass Tack", I met my wife of 40 years in one of thos clubs when I was on stage and she was working as a waitress. It hit me hard when I heard of Tom's passing. I'll miss him dearly.

  • 05/10/2023

    To the family: please accept my deepest condolences. I knew Tom from my time with Apple Alice. Tom was a great guitarist, a great cook, and a great friend. Tom was special guy!!

  • 05/09/2023

    Tom was my friend, I'm already missing him. Very sorry for your loss.

  • 05/08/2023

    The photo of Tommy captures the boy I knew. Rest in peace in the love of God forever. 🙏

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