ANDREA ANDRES

Date of Birth

June 22, 1982

Date of Death

September 9, 2021

Andrea Paraskevia Lubov Andres, age 39, finally found rest in the arms of her Savior, following a fierce battle with cancer. Surrounded with the love and prayers of her family, Andrea passed into Eternal Life on Thursday, September 9, 2021.   

She was born June 22, 1982, in Chicago, IL, to proud and loving parents, Rev. Mykhailo and Oksana (Kocur) Kuzma.    

Andrea grew up in Chicago for a time before the family moved to Mishawaka, IN. They moved back to Illinois and settled in Palatine, where she graduated from The Willows Academy in Des Plaines, IL.    

Andrea continued her education at Dominican University in River Forest, IL where she majored in elementary education and psychology. She graduated in 2004.   

Andrea found the love of her life on the dance floor at her high school prom, though he wasn’t her date. Ron Andres swept her off her feet and eventually walked her down the aisle on July 7, 2006. They began their new life together in Oswego, IL, then Plano, but found their home in Bristol in 2016.    

Andrea’s life’s work was caring for others, especially children. At first she worked as a teacher but within a year of marriage, Andrea brought her first son into the world.  She decided to nanny from home to be there for her children as well. 100% of her heart was put into each and every task, and into every family who entrusted their children into her care. Her character and integrity were second to none. When it came to start her own family, Andrea relished the chance to devote herself to her own children. Outdoors and into the sunshine is where she always liked to be and often put on her running shoes to chase the horizon before returning home, winded but exhilarated.    

She is survived by her loving husband Ron Andres; four children: Daniel “Danny”, Lilah, Miles and Oliver “Ollie” Andres; her parents, Rev. Mykhailo and Oksana Kuzma; five siblings: Olena (Andrew) Tefft, Yosyf “Joe” (Tina Grieco) Kuzma, Yuriy (Anna) Kuzma, Maria Kuzma and Anna Kuzma; her paternal grandmother, Luba Kuzma; maternal grandmother, Paraskevia Kocur; her very best friend, Heather Kocur; many other aunts, uncles, niece, nephews, cousins and supportive friends.     

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Annabelle Lucille Andres; paternal grandfather, Rev. Stephan Kuzma, her maternal grandfather, John Kocur and one uncle, Rev. Bohdan Kocur.  

Two very large communities have supported us and we will be honoring Andrea’s memory with two memorial services.  All are welcome.  

A memorial Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, September 17, at 6p.m., at Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church, 116 E. Illinois Ave., Palatine, IL. You may participate in person or via livestream at https://www.facebook.com/Immaculate-Conception-Ukrainian-Catholic-Church-Palatine-248028548563640/.

 A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 26, from 1-3 p.m., at Jay Woods Forest Preserve, 860 Creek Rd., Plano, IL.. In memory of Andrea and her bright and bountiful spirit, please wear her favorite color purple, or any joyful color in the spectrum.    

In lieu of flowers, friends and family are invited to consider contributing to her GoFundMe Page, www.gofundme.com/f/andrea-kuzma-andres-memorial-fund. Tributes and memories may be left on the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.   

3 thoughts on “ANDREA ANDRES

  1. Dear Kuzma and Andres families,
    I do not have the words to express the sorrow at hearing of the loss of Andrea. She was a beautiful person in every way. I can remember her fondly juggling babies and toddlers while going on outings to the zoo or the park. She was my first mom friend, and like a mom mentor to me. She made it look so effortless with her patience and sense of humor. Then, Her bravery after the loss of Anabelle , and the keeping of her memory made an indelible mark on me. Andrea was such a wonderful mother that she loved her sweet child beyond this life and this was a testament to what a wonderful mother she was. I loved Andrea, as I know did so many. We will be praying for all of you during this deeply difficult time. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
    Kindly yours,
    Kathlyn Mack

  2. I will never forget Andrea. She came into our life when we moved to Naperville in 2010 with my husband and my 5 month old daughter Rosy.

    I was truly lucky to meet an amazing lady who was kind and loved looking after children like Andrea did. I didn’t have many friends at the time we moved, but every time she would come to babysit we would chat and talk about the differences between the UK and US and that made me feel at home just having someone to talk to.

    We did eventually move to North Carolina in 2015, but I never forgot her smile and kindness.

    I will be thinking of her family at this difficult time xxxx

  3. Our prayers are with your family we are so sorry for your loss . I kept Her in prayers every day . We remember taking care of her when you first moved to Mishawaka so was always so sweet and helped she truly will be missed..Vienaja pamjat’ Memory Eternal! God bless all of you love Richard and Joan Brown

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