Gary N. Kosteczko, affectionately known as "Papa", 66, passed away Saturday night after a brave battle with luekemia, with his wife and two sons by his side.
Born February 28th 1953 to Frank and Elizabeth Kosteczko, Gary was a lifelong resident of Wallkill and Pine Bush, NY. He was a graduate of Wallkill High School and SUNY Cortland. A competitive runner and archer in his younger years, Gary found a passion for officiating high school trackmeets and substitute teaching following his retirement from Yellow Freight in Maybrook, NY. His love for bowhunting and everything outdoors was second only to that he had for his family.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years Diane (Scotto), his son Jeremy and his wife Vanessa (Lembo), his son Timothy and his wife Kelly (Reeves), his three beloved and cherished grandsons; Gabriel, Cooper, Asher, his sister Kathy Rubinstein, brother Frank and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 6-9 pm at the Wallkill Funeral Home, 12 Bona Ventura Ave, Wallkill, NY.
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