Andrew “Andy” Christian Kostka
February 22, 1980 ~ November 17, 2012
“Andy,” Andrew Christian Kostka, 32, of Dayton passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012 at his home.
Andy was born February 22, 1980, in Maple Grove/Minneapolis, Minnesota. He married the love of his life and soulmate, “Betsy,” Elizabeth Marie Breyer, on July 11, 2003 in Plymouth. He was the goalie of the high school hockey team and graduated as class valedictorian from Osseo Senior High School in 1998. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York in 2002, where he graduated with highest distinction.
Following graduation, he was hired by General Mills where he has worked as a process systems engineer for 10 years. He travelled abroad for the company and was granted several patents during that time. He was well respected by all of his colleagues.
Andy was always happy and full of life. His life revolved around his two favorite people, Betsy and his four-year-old daughter Brynn, his passion for sports, and his friends. For eleven years, he was a valued teammate and friend of the Science Alliance volleyball team. He qualified as a Masters speed skating and was an avid Inline Racer with Team Hoigaard’s. When he wasn’t racing, he filled his life with family, friends, and playing broomball. His two favorite fans were Betsy and Brynn. He was well-loved.
Andy is survived by his wife, Betsy; daughter, Brynn Elizabeth of Dayton; mother-in-law Donna Breyer of Maple Grove; father and mother-in-law, Kevin Breyer and Kathie Krichhbaum, of Mahtomedi; sisters and brothers-in-law Molly and Terry Bauer and Jessica and Ben Rowan of Lake Elmo; parents, Cathy and Scott Kostka and sister Emy Kostka of Maple Grove; and Auntie Ann, Uncle Mark and cousin Tessa Vellek of Columbia, Missouri.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church (105 Forestview Lane N., Plymouth) on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9 a.m.
Visitation at Kozlak-Radulovich Maple Grove Chapel (13745 Reimer Dr.) on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 from 5-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Andy Kostka’s Children’s Education Fund in care of Wells Fargo Bank.
Information provided by Kozlak-Radulovich Maple Grove Chapel