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 Kostelnik M.D., Michael E.
Born: 02/02/1940
Died: 12/11/2016
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Kostelnik M.D., Michael E.

Michael Edward Kostelnik, M.D., age 76 of Andover Twp., died unexpectedly Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Morristown Medical Center following a brief illness. Born and raised in the South side of Bethlehem, PA, Michael has lived in Andover Township since 1972.

Son of the late Michael C. and Josephine (Blahut) Kostelnik, Michael was a graduate of the Bethlehem Catholic High School class of 1957. He went on full scholarship to earn his Bachelor of Arts Degree with a minor in Biology from Lehigh University in 1961.

In 1965 he was graduated again on full scholarship from Johns Hopkins University earning his Medical degree in Internal Medicine, followed by his Internship with the University of Pittsburg from 1965 to 1966.  

    Drafted into the United States Air Force, he served on the Edwards Airforce Base as Flight Surgeon during the Vietnam War. After his service, Dr. Michael began his career in Internal Medicine, practicing with the Roxbury Medical Group in Succasunna as well as his private practice for many years until his retirement in 2012.  

    An avid reader, Michael loved traveling all over the world, as well as following his alma mater Lehigh University football and wrestling teams. A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and Physician, Dr. Kostelnik enjoyed time with his family and will truly be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

    Dr. Kostelnik was pre-deceased by his sisters Doris Amick and Jeannie Schleppy as well as his brothers Edward, Charles, and Richard, and granddaughter Holly Hunt. Survivors include his beloved wife of fifty-four years Carla (DeNardo), his sons Daniel of Andover Twp. and Leo and his wife Megan Matson of Bolinas, CA, his daughters Dr. Jane Kostelnik and her husband James Brown of the UK, and Nell and her husband Randy Gould of Andover Twp. Also surviving are his seven cherished grandchildren.       

                    Memorial visitation will be held Saturday December 17, 2016 from 10:30 to noon immediately followed by Memorial Services at noon in the Iliff- Ruggiero Funeral Home 156 Main St. (Rt. 206) Newton, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the North Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery PO Box 82 Sparta, NJ 07871.  
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Dear Carla, So sorry to read about Mike's passing in today's Mcall. As you know Michael and I were good friends starting as kids, neighbors, then classmates at St Cyrils, Becahi and Lehigh.Mike was so bright, he could read comic books to me before I could read(prob. 3-4 years old), we were study partners Lehigh, often doing all nighters questioning each other in bio., chem, physics, etc. He would critique my English papers and make changes as necessary, and there were many. I owe a lot to Mike! He will be missed at Lehigh sports events. My condolences to you Carla and you children. John
John Dobrota M.D.
So glad to have had recent contact with Mike. There are many memories and precious moments that will live forever. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. RIP Mike
Mike polansky
Carla & family , so sad to hear of Dr. Kostelnik's passing. As an RN I learned so much from him. I enjoyed working with him in the Saint Clare's endoscopy unit and respected his knowledge. He was always willing to teach which was appreciated. He would share great stories of the farm and family . Hopefully wonderful memories will get you through this difficult time. My sincere condolences are with you and your family.
Valerie Chadwick
I have been blessed to be a part of your family all of my life and I am so grieved by the loss of Mike whom I dearly loved. You know how much I feel for all of you and I don't have as many words as I have feelings. My heart ?? is there with all of you in spirit....until we see each other again and I can hug and embrace you all.
Priscilla Oren
Karla: Very sorry to hear that Mike has died. We go back a long way and every memory I have of him and you is a good one. Take care of yourself and you are in my prayers at this time of grief. Tom
Tom Brady
Carla Mike will be greatly missed by me after knowing him for at least 70 yrs.He was the best listener and always had a kind word for everyone Miss him joe balik
Joe Balik
Karla: We were saddened to here of Mike's passing. The memories will live on in your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love Doug & Daria
Doug & Daria Morlock
Carla, sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Please extend my condolences to your family. Gerry Colizzo
Gerry Colizzo
On behalf of all the members of the American Legion Post 91, Wharton, NJ we extend our deepest sympathies as Dr. Kostelnik (a member of our post for 31 years) enters the Post Everlasting. Our prayers are with you and your family.
William J Hocking American Legion Post 91
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