OBITUARY: Andrew C. Kostka

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Andrew “Andy” Christian Kostka, 32, of Dayton was Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Plymouth.

Mr. Kostka passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 22, 1980, in Maple Grove/Minneapolis.

Andrew Kostka
Andrew Kostka

He married the love of his life and soul mate, “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 traveled abroad for the company and was granted several patents during that time. He was well respected by all of his colleagues.

He 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 11 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.

He 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 (Terry) Bauer and Jessica (Ben) Rowan of Lake Elmo; parents, Cathy and Scott Kostka; sister, Emy Kostka of Maple Grove; and Auntie Ann, Uncle Mark and cousin Tessa Vellek of Columbia, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Andy Kostka’s Children’s Education Fund in care of Wells Fargo Bank.