Robert Sirko, age
62 of Valparaiso, IN, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2020 at his home,
surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on
November 19, 1957, in Gary, IN, to Steven E. and Leona H. (Balcerak) Sirko,
both of whom preceded him in death.
On July 16, 1983,
at St. Patrick Catholic Church, he married the love of his life, Katie (Schaerer)
Sirko, who survives in Valparaiso, IN.
He is also survived
by his loving sons: Andrew Sirko, Matthew Sirko and Gregory Sirko, all of
Valparaiso; by his sister Cheryl (Sirko) Pleva and her husband Tom of
Monroe, CT; by his nieces Lori Pleva, of Jersey City, NJ, and Amy (Pleva)
DeAngelis and her husband Anthony of Westport, CT; by his grandnephew A. J.
DeAngelis and his grandniece Chloe M. DeAngelis, both of Westport, CT; by
his aunt Betty Sirko of Crown Point, IN, and his Uncle Jerry Balcerak of
Baytown, TX; and cousins in NW Indiana and Texas.
Bob earned his BFA
at IU in Bloomington, IN, and his MFA from the California Institute of the
Arts in Valencia, CA. He began his career in graphic design in Chesterton,
IN, then later in Los Angeles and Chicago. He was always grateful to his
mentors, Rick Valicenti, John Coy and Richard Brauer. He owned and operated
R Sirko Design for many years.
Bobís life centered
on his passion of art and an insatiable, intellectual curiosity. When he
joined the faculty at Valparaiso University in 1989, he shared those
passions with his students. He went on to become an associate professor and
chaired the art department. Throughout, he worked ceaselessly on his own
paintings and drawings, some of which are on display at The Nest in Michigan
He loved gardening,
going to the beach, camping, spending time in nature, music and his dogs. He
also loved baseball, and not just the Cubs. He spent many happy years
coaching State Park Little League teams.
Bob was a loving
husband, father, brother, uncle, mentor and friend. His compassion and sense
of humor touched many lives.
A private Mass will
be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Due to the COVID-19
pandemic and for the safety of the family and the community at large, a
Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
in honor of Bob may be given to: The Lymphoma Research Foundation, Wall
Street Plaza, 88 Pine St., Suite 2400, New York, NY 10005. (