Edward G. Kotecki, 80

Edward G. Kotecki, of Port Washington, formerly of Cedarburg and Montello, passed away Monday evening, Sept. 21, 2009, at Harbor Cove in Port Washington. He was 80 years old.

Edward was born Feb. 10, 1929, in Milwaukee, the son of Edmund and Madeline Ausprung Kotecki. He graduated from Riverside High School in 1947. On Aug. 16, 1952, he was united in marriage with Patricia Dore at St. Gall Church in Milwaukee. Edward went on to earn his Bachelorís Degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1956, and his Masterís Degree in education from Northern Michigan in 1969.
Edward was a physical education teacher at various schools in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties until his retirement in the late 1980s from Cedarburg High School. While working at the schools, he was very active as a coach for football, baseball and track.

After his retirement, Ed and Pat enjoyed 17 years at Buffalo Lake in Montello. He was an avid Packer and Badger fan, and one of his highlights was attending the Rose Bowl in California with Pat. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Edward is survived by his wife, Pat, of Port Washington; their four children, Thomas (Laurie) Kotecki of Muskego, Patrick (Cindy) Kotecki of Port Washington, Robert (Julie) Kotecki of Whitefish Bay and Kathy (Jerome) LeMahieu of Port Washington; and nine grandchildren, Shawn, Kelsey, Carson (Katelin), Andrea, Rebekah, Abby, Maggie, Max, Jenna and one baby boy on the way. He is further survived by one brother, Clarence (Ina) Kotecki, of Oshkosh; one sister, Carol (Jerry) McLellan of Fla.; two brothers-in-law, James (Isabel) Dore of Palmyra and Mark (Peggy) Dore of New Berlin; two sisters-in-law, Mary (Dennis) Dittman of Grafton and Kitty Spaulding of Hawaii; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 7 p.m. on this evening, Sept. 24, 2009, at St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church, 1800 N. Wisconsin St. in Port Washington. Father Pat Wendt will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Washington. The family will receive visitors this evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family to be used for the benefit of Harbor Cove.

The family would like to thank the staff and nurses of Harbor Cove and Vitas Hospice for their compassionate care and support.

The Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.